Winners of six straight series and 21 of their last 23 games, the Miami Hurricanes rose to No. 8 in the newest Baseball America rankings on Monday. Miami was ranked tenth a week ago, its first appearance in the Baseball America top 10 last since April of 2009.
Miami defeated Alabama State 11-1 on Friday night for its sixth straight win, scoring six runs in the first inning to cruise to victory. That streak ended Saturday night though as the Hurricanes committed four errors that led to three unearned runs and a 6-5 loss to the Hornets before rebounding on Sunday with a 6-3 victory for the series win.
The last time Miami was ranked this high was in March of 2009, when Baseball America ranked the Hurricanes No. 7. Only two other teams were ranked in the ACC, both ahead of Miami. Virginia remained at No. 1 despite a midweek loss to Old Dominion and Florida State moved up to No. 4 after sweeping Minnesota.
Miami is ranked as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 15 in all of college baseball’s major polls. The Hurricanes remained in the top 5 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Rankings but fell from No. 4 to No. 5. The USA Today coaches’ poll also dropped Miami, from No. 14 to No. 15. Taking two of three games from Alabama State wasn’t enough for any movement in the Perfect Game top 25, which kept Miami at No. 12.
FGCU will visit Miami on Wednesday night before the Hurricanes travel to Durham, NC to face the Duke Blue Devils for a three-game series this weekend. Miami defeated FGCU 5-2 on March 19 and 4-0 on March 26. The Hurricanes will then host North Carolina the following weekend to end the regular season. The ACC tournament will then run from May 20-25.