Despite dropping the first two games of this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, the University of Miami baseball team is a “100 percent lock” to host a regional next weekend.
That’s according to Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt, an expert in the field. Fitt said the Canes are still in line to be one of 16 national seeds and thus potentially host a super regional.
But to do that, Fitt said, the Canes must beat Duke on Saturday, and it wouldn’t hurt if Texas Christian lost in the Big 12 tournament.
The Canes, who won the ACC regular-season title, lost to Georgia Tech and Clemson in the first two games of the tournament, dropping their RPI to 15th in the nation.
Tough end for FIU
FIU, which started its baseball season 16-1 and was 34-12 on May 4 after a three-game sweep at East Carolina, isn’t expecting an NCAA tournament bid when the 64-team field is announced Monday.
The Panthers, despite some great pitching, won just two of their final 10 games to finish 36-20. They went 0-2 in the Conference USA tournament.
UM women’s tennis
The Canes’ streak of reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament in women’s tennis for five consecutive years ended last week with a 4-0 loss to third-ranked UCLA.
Still, no Canes program has had more success lately than women’s tennis, which has made the Sweet 16 round for nine consecutive years.
For next season, the Canes will have to replace graduating seniors Monique Albuquerque (who was 18-0 until losing to UCLA), Melissa Bolivar and Brittany Dubins.
Miami will return its top three players: juniors Stephanie Wagner and Clementina Riobueno, and senior Lina Lileikite.
FIU recently signed two players: power forward Larry Dennis, a 6-8, 205-pound high school senior from Kansas, and 5-10 guard Tashawn Desir, a junior college player from New York.
Dennis, ranked a two-star recruit by Rivals, also had offers from Western Kentucky and Denver. He averaged 11 points and six rebounds.
His height and weight suggest he needs to get stronger for college, and his prep stats suggest he is a work in progress.
Desir, who averaged 13 points and 4.5 assists as a third-team junior college All-American, is different. As a junior college player with only two years of eligibility remaining, he will look to contribute right away.
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