It’s just past the halfway point of the regular season for Miami’s two Division I baseball teams, and here’s a quick look at how they have done and what to expect the rest of the way:
The Hurricanes (18-12, 8-4) started the season in Baseball America’s Top 25 but fell out, due in large part to several losses to unranked teams such as Bethune-Cookman, Maine, Florida Atlantic, Stetson and UCF.
Miami has played fairly well against ranked teams, taking one out of three at No. 1 Florida State, one of three against No. 3 Virginia and two of three against No. 13 Florida.
In addition, North Carolina State was No. 25 last weekend when the Canes swept three games on their home field.
The Panthers (23-7, 7-6 Conference USA) have a stellar record, especially outside of league play.
A knock on the Panthers would be that their schedule is light. The only Top 25 team they have faced was No. 12 Rice, which swept host FIU in three games.MVP: Aramis Garcia Top freshman hitter: Brandon Gomez Turtle Thomas Top freshman pitcher: Chris Mourelle Cody Crouse Most improved: Mike Franco Most underrated: Edwin Rios Tyler Hibbert More is expected (second half): Michael Ellis