UMs strength is its starting pitching and closer Eric Nedeljkovic (1.37 ERA with 13 saves).
Its weakness: a .260 team batting average that contributes to its lack of timely hitting for runs.
The last time Miami qualified for the CWS was in 2008. Last season, after earning the right to host a regional with the same record they have now, the Canes were eliminated from the NCAA tournament after losing two in a row.
It was the first time UM went two and out in the postseason since 1993. Even worse: the Canes were outscored 22-4 in those games.
That was just a meltdown, Mack said of the 2012 regional. It taught me not to underestimate anybody.
Before last Saturday in the ACC tournament, UM hitting coach and recruiting coordinator DiMare, 43, had only served as the head guy, he said, when Morris has gotten thrown out. And he doesnt get thrown out often.
The Canes defeated Clemson 7-0 last Saturday with Morris, 63, in Duke University Hospital, where he was taken by ambulance before the game and still remains.
Ive got to be honest. It felt different than my normal routine, DiMare said. Its fun. I enjoyed it.
Your mind is thinking totally. But my mind is thinking like that always anyway. Ill continue to do the same things. Im positioning the outfielders, [and] Im going to continue to talk to the hitters like I always do and make adjustments.
DiMare said Thursday that he intended to call Morris, who needs to be released by doctors before he can leave Durham, N.C., to go to Louisville.
Ive never had pneumonia, DiMare said. But it is quite serious. Theyve got to clear his lungs first. Hes had some fluid in there that they drained. They want to make sure his chest is clear
The earliest he would be here would be [Friday] night.
DiMare insisted the situation isnt an awkward one, even with the pressure building on Morris to get back to Omaha.
Hey, look, hopefully Coach is back. If the opportunity calls for it again and hes not here, its my responsibility, and Ill look forward to that. But Coach and I have a great relationship. Were close on and off the field.
The winner of the UM game will face the winner of the Louisville-Bowling Green game at 5 p.m. Saturday, with the two losers playing at noon.
Miami Herald correspondent Tom Whitus contributed to this report.