There has been no hotter team in college baseball over the last few weeks than the Miami Hurricanes (25-4) and after eight years of waiting, now they finally can claim the top spot again.
After beating Notre Dame 10-2 to claim their ninth straight victory and their 20th win in their last 22 games, Coach Jim Morris and the Canes moved up to No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25. The Hurricanes last found themselves atop that poll all the way back on June 10, 2008.
Miami started the year ranked at No. 6 and has slowly moved up the polls as they continue to dismantle every team in their way. The Hurricanes had been behind the Florida Gators, who grabbed a series win over UM in late February, but the boys from Gainesville lost a home series to a talented Mississippi State squad and dropped to No. 3.
The Canes have been led by hot hitting from Zack Collins and Carl Chester thus far and have seen sophomore lefthander Michael Mediavilla become one of the most dominant starters in college baseball. In ACC play (the last 13 games), Collins is hitting .462 with four home runs, 21 RBI and 17 walks while Chester has hit .451 with eight RBI, eight walks and a very important .547 on-base percentage as Miami’s leadoff hitter.
On the hill, Mediavilla has still yet to lose this season and has become Morris’s most reliable starter. In ACC play, the big lefty is 3-0 with a 3.49 ERA, but perhaps even more impressively, hitters have just a .225 average against him. In a conference full of great hitters, that number is pretty crazy.
After two cancellations this past weekend in a wet and chilly South Bend, Ind., Miami now has five games on the docket this week with two home mid-week games against Nova Southeastern and UCF and a weekend series with Duke. The Hurricanes waited a long time to get back to the top of college baseball and the way that they are playing, they might not fall of that perch anytime soon.