‘Canes baseball team earns nation’s No. 1 ranking – Sun Sentinel
The Hurricanes didn’t get to play as many games this weekend as they wanted. But the one they did get in — a 10-2 victory over Notre Dame in cold South Bend — helped make them the nation’s top-ranked baseball team.
Miami, which has nine straight games and 20 of its last 22, took the top spot in the most recent Baseball America Top 25 which was released early Monday morning.
The Hurricanes (25-4 overall, 11-2 ACC) rose a spot in the rankings after going 2-0 last week while rival Florida, which previously held the top spot, dropped two of three against Mississippi State.
According to Baseball America, it’s the first time Miami has held the top spot since June 10, 2008. Florida, meanwhile, fell to No. 3. The Hurricanes also rose to the top spot in two other college baseball polls released Monday morning: The Perfect Game Top 25 and the D1 Baseball Top 25.
The Hurricanes saw their first two games against Notre Dame cancelled because of snowy conditions in South Bend. But Miami was impressive in the series finale on Sunday with sophomore Michael Mediavilla giving up just four hits in six innings while junior slugger Zack Collins was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a two-run double.
Entering the week, the Hurricanes have five of their regular position players hitting over .300, led by Collins’ .424 average. The former American Heritage-Plantation standout also has a team-high 36 RBI and seven home runs.
Miami’s pitching staff, meanwhile, is led by Mediavilla and Jesse Lepore, neither of whom have lost yet this season. Mediavilla picked up his sixth win of the season against the Irish on Sunday and saw his ERA drop to 2.58, while Lepore is 4-0 with a 2.34 ERA.
To make up for the games canceled at Notre Dame, the Hurricanes announced Sunday they are adding a Tuesday contest against Nova Southeastern. The game, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. at Mark Light Field, will be the schools’ first meeting since 1996. Miami owns a 4-0 record in the all-time series against the Sharks.
Wednesday, Miami will host UCF and this weekend, the Hurricanes will head to Durham for a three-game series against Duke.
This story will be updated.