Tonight at Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park on the beautiful campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, your Hurricane hardballers will take the field for the first time this season against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Led by long-time head coach Jim Morris, this year's team is ranked 28th/29th in the Country to begin the season. In spite of their lower than usual preseason ranking, the Hurricanes are always expected to compete for an ACC title and advance to the College World Series in Omaha.
And while you are at the ballpark tonight, or any night for that matter, don't forget to get yourself one of the famous, delicious milkshakes from @MarkLightShake.
There are three new flavors for the 2013 season to go along with the traditional favorites: Chocolate Bacon, Apple Pie and The Wizard, which of course is named after the late Ron Fraser, The Wizard of College Baseball.
The Games: The Miami Hurricanes open their 2013 campaign Fri., Feb. 15 with a three-game series against visiting Rutgers University.
The Series: The Hurricanes hold a 49-12 all-time advantage over the Scarlet Knights, including nine of the last ten head-to-head contests. Miami swept a three-game set with Rutgers to open the 2012 season.
The Broadcasts: The first two games of the series will be broadcast live on ESPN3, with Kyle Sielaff and Chris Ashby on the call. Sunday's game will be available via live video stream on Canes All-Access.
WQAM 560 will broadcast at Mark Light for Friday's opener, with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Mike Levine (color) on the call. WVUM 90.5 will carry all three games against Rutgers.
The Coach: Jim Morris is in his 34th season as a head coach and 20th with the Miami Hurricanes. He has a 1,485-629-4 (.701) career record, including a 850-321-3 mark at Miami, where he has guided the team to two National Championships (1999, 2001).
The Weather: Projected temperatures at first pitch: Friday: 63° | Saturday: 47°| Sunday: 64°
UM baseball (@CanesBaseball on Twitter) 2013 Quick Hits:
• Head coach Jim Morris will open his 20th season at the helm of the storied Miami baseball program. The Hurricanes, who qualified for their NCAA-record 40th straight postseason in 2012, finished just one game short of an Atlantic Coast Conference title during the 2012 ACC Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
• The Hurricanes return position players that helped pave the way to one of 16 host sites for the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Championship. Among the team's returning starting field players: 2012 All- ACC Tournament selection Chantz Mack, speedy outfielder Dale Carey, and consistent infielder Brad Fieger.
• In addition to its talented lineup, Miami returns many of the key pitchers who guided the team to the second- lowest ERA of any squad in the Atlantic Coast Conference (3.16). Among the team's most important hurlers: senior ace Eric Whaley (2.68 ERA), preseason All-American reliever AJ Salcines (1.40 ERA, seven saves), and a pair of lefties coming off injury-shortened seasons: junior Bryan Radziewski and sophomore Andrew Suarez.
• Miami's run to the 2012 ACC Championship Game ended with a loss to Georgia Tech. Despite losing their open ing tournament game to NC State, the Hurricanes reeled off wins against North Carolina and Wake Forest to qualify for the finale, where Miami fell just one game short of its second ACC Championship in program history.
• After a strong showing in the conference tournament, the Hurricanes were one of 16 teams chosen to host the first round of the postseason. Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field played host to Missouri State, UCF and College World Series participant Stony Brook.
• In 2013, the Hurricanes will be bolstered by a recruiting class ranked in the top 10 nationally by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The Hurricanes' incoming class is highlighted by junior transfer Alex Hernandez (Palm Beach State), David Thompson (Miami, Fla.),
infielder Brandon Lopez (Miramar, Fla.) and outfielder Grant Heyman (Pittsford, N.Y.).