Just one week away from officially opening fall practice, University of Miami baseball coach Jim Morris released the team’s 2014 schedule Monday.
Miami’s 55-game schedule includes 33 games inside Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The Hurricanes finished with a 28-12 record (.700) at home this past season, qualifying for the NCAA postseason for the 41st consecutive year — the longest active streak in collegiate athletics.
“I think it’s one of the tougher schedules that we’ve played since I’ve been in Miami,” Morris said. “With the new ACC teams, plus the ones we already had in the conference, it’s going to be tough.
“Our nonconference schedule features some of the other great programs in South Florida.”
The Hurricanes will kick off 2014 with their annual preseason festivities: the First Pitch Banquet (Feb. 6), as well as FanFest and the Miami Baseball Alumni Game (Feb. 8).
UM opens its 2014 slate with a weekend series against Maine (Feb. 14-16). The Hurricanes will host Florida (Feb. 21-23), head north for an exhibition with the Marlins in Jupiter (Feb. 26), and travel to Dick Howser Stadium for a series with Florida State (Feb. 28-March 2) before opening conference play at home against Boston College (March 7-9).
Miami’s final two weekends in February feature three-game sets against rivals Florida and Florida State. The Hurricanes’ series against the Seminoles will not count toward ACC standings. The two programs will resume matchups with conference implications in 2015.
“We have a great rivalry with both programs,” Morris said. “There are a lot of Florida and Florida State fans across this state, and it’s important to play both of those schools every year.”
Miami will wrap up its regular season with a home series against North Carolina (May 15-17) before a potential trip to Greensboro, N.C., and the 2014 ACC tournament (May 20-25).
A day after their record-setting opening round, the Miami Hurricanes are in third place through 36 holes at the 40th Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin.
UM entered the second round with a five-stroke lead. The Hurricanes shot a second-round 292 and are at 8-under-par 568, five strokes behind leader UCLA (13-under 563) and three strokes behind second-place Arizona State (10-under 566). Miami’s two-day 568 shattered the 36-hole program record set earlier this month in Austin at the Challenge at Onion Creek (292-286 — 578).
First-round co-leader Daniela Darquea shot a second-round 72 and is in fourth place at 5-under 139. Darquea is two strokes behind co-leaders Alison Lee (UCLA) and Jessica Peng (Mississippi State) at 7-under 137.