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Hurricanes Baseball Picked to Win Coastal Division

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12 of the league’s 14 head coaches tabbed Miami as the favorite.

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The Miami Hurricanes were picked as the favorite in the ACC’s Coastal Division by 12 of the 14 head coaches in the conference. The ‘Canes, who last won the Coastal Division in 2016, earned 93 points in the poll. The coaches picked Louisville to win the Atlantic Division and the overall ACC crown ahead of the season.

The Hurricanes are coming off of a 41-20 season in 2019 in which they went 18-12 in the ACC. That mark was good enough for second in the Coastal Division last season, and Miami will hope to improve by a few games in order to earn the division title in 2020.

North Carolina was projected to finish second in the division according to the coaches, with Georgia Tech and Duke projected to finish third and fourth respectively. Those three teams were separated by just four points in the coaches polling, reflecting how competitive the Coastal Division could be this season.

The ‘Canes open the season on February 14 against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, hoping to make their first trip to Omaha since 2016. Considerable excitement surrounds the Hurricanes this season. Miami has multiple Top 100 MLB Draft prospects on the roster and is a consensus top-10 team heading into 2020, along with being named the division favorite.

Miami fans can catch Preseason All-Americans Adrian Del Castillo, Alex Toral, Brian Van Belle, Slade Cecconi, and Raymond Gil for the first time this Saturday, February 8, when the Hurricanes’ host their annual FanFest and Alumni Game at Mark Light Field. The game will begin at 6 p.m.