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The Miami baseball team will start the NCAA Tournament Regional game at home against Canisius at 10:00 a.m. Friday on ESPN Plus. Miami finished the regular season with a 39-20, 20-10 record in the ACC. The Hurricanes finished second in the ACC Coastal Division behind conference champion Virginia Tech.

Miami did not face Canisius or the other two regional entrants from Arizona or Mississippi during the 2022 season. Pittsburgh is the only common opponent for Canisius and Miami. Canisius enters the NCAA Tournament with a 29-23 record and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament to earn an automatic bid.

The Golden Griffins have a 169 RPI and finished 15-16 on the road this season. Canisius shared a four-game series with Pittsburgh in Port Charlotte, Fla. to start the season. The Golden Griffins won the first and last games of the series 11-3 and 15-7. Canisius lost the middle two games against Pittsburgh 12-2 and 4-0.

The Golden Griffins enter the playoffs with a six-game winning streak. Miami has lost six of its last eight games entering the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The Hurricanes were eliminated from the ACC Tournament in a 9-6 loss to North Carolina State in its opener last week. Miami lost 16-3 to Wake Forest on Friday.

FAST FACTS
Crew: Miami Hurricanes
Conference:ACC
Registration: 39-18, 20-10
End of the conference: 2nd (Coastal)
Playoff appearance: 48th
Last appearance: 2021 (Regional)
Ranking D1Baseball: 7th
Baseball America Rankings: 6th
RPI Ranking: 15th
national seed: 6th
Streak: L2
last 5: 2-3
last 10: 4-6
COACHES
The head coach:Gino DiMare
year at school: 4th
save to school: 125-63 (.665)
TEAM STATS (NCAA Ranking)
AVERAGE: .291 (68th)
OBP: .394 (55th)
SLG: .483 (47th)
HOUR: 84 (34th)
Rating: 7.8 points/game (40th)
TIME: 4.55 (52nd)
WHIP: 1.37 (34th)
FLD %: .970 (128th)

Information courtesy of ArizonaWildcats.Com

The Miami baseball team needs better performance since its starting pitch in regionals. Carson Palmquist won the All-ACC First Team in 2022 and has been mostly dominant this season. In three starts, Palmquist has allowed six or more runs. In his last start against NC State, Palmquist allowed six runs in 3.2 innings.

After having a stellar start this season, regular Saturday starter Karson Ligon struggled for the Miami baseball team. Ligon has a 7.61 ERA in his last eight starts. Miami needs Ligon to be effective to maximize its potential to come out of regionals.

FAST FACTS
Crew: Golden Griffins of Canisius
Conference: MAAC
Registration: 29-23, 15-9
End of the conference: 3rd
Playoff appearance: 4th
Last appearance: 2018 (Regional)
Ranking D1Baseball:NR
Baseball America Rankings:NR
RPI ranking: 169th
Regional seed: 4th
Streak: W6
last 5: 5-0
last 10: 7-3
COACHES
The head coach: Matt Mazurek
year at school: 5th (16th)
save to school: 111-101-1 (.521)
TEAM STATS (NCAA Ranking)
AVERAGE: .296 (52nd)
OBP: .399 (37th)
SLG: .443 (114th)
HOUR: 51 (147th)
Rating: 7.3 points/game (65th)
TIME: 5.28 (117th)
WHIP: 1.57 (149th)
FLD %: .963 (216th)
INDIVIDUAL OFFICERS
AVERAGE: Max Grant – .404
OBP: Max Grant – .492
SLG: Max Grant – .656
Races: Mike DeStefano – 56
Shots: Max Grant – 88
2B: Max Grant – 13
3B: Max Grant – 6
HOUR: Max Grant – 10
RBI: Mike Steffan – 56 years old
SB: Mike DeSteffano – 22 years old
TIME: Tom Peltier – 3.19
K: Matt Duffy – 116

Canisius is an exceptional offensive team. The Golden Griffins’ biggest deficit is their roster. Miami must be able to take advantage of Canisius’ mistakes. The Hurricanes must stay focused on the game against Canisius and not anticipate Saturday. Miami needs more consistency in regionals.

The Hurricanes enter the 2022 NCAA Tournament without a regional championship since 2016. Miami won its own regional and super-regional in 2016 to qualify for what was its final College World Series appearance that season. It’s the longest streak without a CWS appearance in Miami since 2008 to 2015.

Broadcast information: ESPN Plus: Roy Philpott (PxP) and Jon Jay (analyst)

Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM | WVUM.org (all games)

Friday’s losers will play at 11 a.m. Saturday in a playoff game. Friday’s winners will play Saturday at 6 p.m. for a spot in the Coral Gables Regional Championship. Miami last played in a regional championship in Starkville, Mississippi in 2019. The Hurricanes lost to host Mississippi State.

Miami was eliminated in three games from the Gainesville area in 2021. Canisius is entering his fourth NCAA Tournament. The Golden Griffins’ first appearance was in 2013 and their most recent NCAA Tournament berth was in 2018. Canisius is 0-6 in his first three NCAA Tournament appearances.

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