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Miami Hurricanes to open ACC baseball tournament against Georgia Tech

 
 
Jim Morris, at center, coaches Miami players, left to right, Tyler Palmer, Zack Collins, and Dale Carey as the University of Miami hosts the University of Maine at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Saturday, February 15, 2014.
Jim Morris, at center, coaches Miami players, left to right, Tyler Palmer, Zack Collins, and Dale Carey as the University of Miami hosts the University of Maine at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Saturday, February 15, 2014.
Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

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The University of Miami baseball team will open Atlantic Coast Conference tournament play at 3 p.m. Wednesday against Georgia Tech at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Though the top-seeded Hurricanes (40-15, 24-6) have won 27 of their past 30 games, they lost two of three at Georgia Tech (33-24, 14-16) during a March 15 doubleheader.

The final game was a 3-2 pitching duel that ended with Yellow Jackets’ freshman Connor Justus hitting a walk-off single to drive home the winning run in the 10th inning.

Left-handed Miami redshirt sophomore Andy Suarez (5-3, 3.15 ERA), who allowed two runs on four hits in nine innings during that loss, will start again Wednesday for the Canes.

Right-handed junior Josh Heddinger (3-4, 3.62) will start for the Yellow Jackets.

Ninth-seeded Georgia Tech scored five runs in the top of the second inning Tuesday to defeat Wake Forest 5-3 and earn a spot in pool play.

Besides Georgia Tech, the Hurricanes are in Pool A with remaining fourth-seeded Duke (32-23, 16-14) and fifth-seeded Clemson (34-22, 15-14). After Wednesday’s game, UM will meet Clemson at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Pool B consists of No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Virginia, No. 6 Maryland, No. 7 North Carolina and No. 10 NC State.

The two teams with the best records within their respective pools play in the ACC title game at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the winner earning an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

UM’s game can be heard on WQAM 560 and WVUM 90.5 FM and is set to be broadcast on ACC’s Regional Sports Networks, with an ESPN3 simulcast.

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