Regular season over; ACC Championship underway

Pairings have been set for the 2010 ACC Baseball Championship in Greensboro, NC starting Wednesday.

Miami drew the No. 4 seed and is in the same bracket as No. 5 Florida State, No. 8 Boston College and No. 1 Virginia, who took the series from the Canes last weekend. UM opens postseason play with a Wednesday showdown against state rival FSU and is back in action Thursday against Boston College. Off Friday, the Canes next take the field on Saturday, getting another crack at the top-ranked Cavaliers. UVA won an ACC crown last year as the No. 6 seed, so safe to say this tournament is wide open.

Wednesday – 4 pm – No. 4 Miami vs. No. 5 Florida State

Thursday – Noon – No. 4 Miami vs. No. 8 Boston College

Saturday – Noon – No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Miami

Miami had a chance at a higher seed, but left it on the table this past weekend with Virginia in town. The Canes took the Thursday night opener 5-4 in extra innings, but fell on Friday (3-1) and Saturday (7-4). This was on the heels of dropping the series at Georgia Tech the previous weekend. Two big series back-to-back and a 2-4 run with the postseason around the corner. With a chance to close out strong, UM limped towards the finish line.

Starting pitcher Eric Erickson remains out due to injury, errors are still part of the game and the Canes are still leaving runners on base. UM stranded 14 in Sunday’s 7-4 loss and had three errors in Saturday’s 3-1 loss, giving the Hoos three unanswered runs.

Miami Hurricanes baseball enthusiast, chime in. How far is this team going to go this year? Omaha was the goal, but do the Canes have what it takes to get there? Curious to hear what you think. I’ve tried to kilter expectations regarding this team – still burned from last year’s regional exit in Gainesville as well as choking away top seed at Rosenblatt two years back with ninth inning error and meltdown which cost them against Georgia.

I want to believe, but I’m not sure this is the year to get my hopes up.



3 thoughts on “Regular season over; ACC Championship underway

  1. Without outstanding pitching from our starters and more so the bullpen I doubt we have a chance like you said the Canes leave too many men stranded on base even though we have great power hitters on this team. I don't know what it is even though they say they're clicking more as a team i just don't see them going past a super regional if they make it that far. College World series is far fetched at least from what I've seen all year. I believe in the coaching staff but your right I don't know how they blew the Georgia series at the College World Series even when we were ranked #1 and considered one of the U's best teams; makes you wonder sometimes if people get complacent but then again Jim Morris knows and has been quoted saying it's College World Series or bust in this school period!

  2. I would have to say making the CWS would be in serious jeopardy if we don't get one of the National Seeds. The only way I see we get one of those is by winning the ACC tournament, which is a daunting task in of itself. Not sure, but this team lacks the killer instinct it needs to be successful, because they've lost every series they've played against Top 25 competition. Like Shark said, until we can get a solid bullpen and cut down on the errors, the road to Omaha will be much tougher.

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