The Miami Hurricanes, who moved up to No. 11 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings this week and stayed at No. 16 in the Baseball America poll and No. 17 in the USA Today coaches’ poll, will host local rival Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m. Wednesday in their first mid-week game of 2014.
The Owls (2-1), of Conference USA, won their opening weekend series with 16-6 and 13-3 victories against Notre Dame, while the Canes (2-1) defeated Maine 6-3 and 11-2.
Owls senior catcher Levi Meyer went 8 for 11 with 7 RBI, two walks, a double and his first career triple last weekend.
Left-handed sophomore Brandon Rhodes, who earned the victory in last year’s second game against UM (1.2 innings of flawless pitching), will start Wednesday.
Right-handed senior Javi Salas allowed three hits and one walk in two innings of relief in last Saturday’s loss to Maine and will start for the Hurricanes.
“Last year we were very streaky,” Salas (5-5, 3.18 ERA in 2013) said last week. “That’s one of the things we want to work on this year, being consistent. It’s a long season.”
Wednesday’s game will precede a three-game weekend series with the Florida Gators at Alex Rodriguez Park.