NCAA Baseball Tournament: Coral Gables Regional Preview

For a record 43rd-straight year, the Miami Hurricanes find themselves in college baseball’s postseason.

The Hurricanes are hosts, as is the norm, having the East Carolina Pirates, Columbia Lions and Florida International Panthers in town for the Regional round.

Miami’s first opponent, FIU, is only in the postseason thanks to a four-game run through the Conference USA Tournament last week. The Panthers were only 13-17 in conference play during the regular season, but a 4-0 record in four days wipes that out, and they’ll get a chance to win some games in the NCAA Tournament.

However, I think they’ll get pasted by Miami, which leads us to the other game, ECU vs. Columbia.

The Pirates were 40-20 overall this year, but do not have any real series wins of note. None of their stats really jump out either, making them one of the weaker two-seeds in the field.

Columbia on the other hand is a fairly decent hitting team, ranking in the top-35 nationally in average, scoring, doubles, home runs, and on-base percentage. They also do not have any real wins of note this year, which makes this regional very uninteresting.

There’s no reason to believe that Miami doesn’t blitz each team that they will have to face to get through this weekend and move on to the Super Regionals. The Hurricanes are top-seven nationally in batting average, scoring, slugging, walks, and have the best on base percentage in the country.

I see this regional having a lot of ugly games going in Miami’s favor, and the Hurricanes moving on without a problem whatsoever.

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