CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami baseball program earned one of eight coveted national seeds and will host second-seeded Florida Atlantic, third-seeded Long Beach State and fourth-seeded Stetson in the Coral Gables Regional beginning Friday, June 3 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
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The Hurricanes, who earned the No. 3 national seed and will host the NCAA Super Regional round if they successfully emerge from the Coral Gables Regional this weekend, begin their postseason run Friday night against the Hatters at 7 p.m. FAU and Long Beach State will play at 1 p.m. Friday.
Miami was announced as one of 16 host sites for NCAA Regionals on Sunday night, extending the Hurricanes active Division I record to 44 consecutive years of postseason play. With its selection as the No. 3 overall seed, Miami earned national seed distinction for back-to-back years for the first time since the 2003 / 2004 seasons.
Ten Atlantic Coast Conference teams, tied for the most from a single conference in history, will be among the 64-team field. Other than Miami, ACC teams that are postseason-bound are No. 2 national seed Louisville, No. 7 national seed Clemson, Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Virginia and Wake Forest.
The Hurricanes were awarded the No. 5 national seed entering the 2015 postseason, and ended their season in Omaha, Neb., at the College World Series. Miami’s No. 3 national seed is its highest since being named the No. 1 overall seed entering the 2008 postseason. In addition, 2016 marks the seventh time Miami has earned a national seed, with other such seasons coming in 1999 (No. 1), 2001 (No. 2), 2003 (No. 8), 2004 (No. 3), 2008 (No. 1) and 2015 (No. 5).
The Hurricanes, who finished the 2016 season with a 45-11 record and their second ACC Regular Season Championship in the past three years, have made the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship each season since 1973, and own an all-time NCAA Regional record of 123-46 (.728).
Miami’s all-time mark in the NCAA postseason stands at an impressive 187-96 (.661).
The Coral Gables Regional was paired with the Oxford, Miss., Regional hosted by Ole Miss, which includes the host No. 1 Rebels, No. 2 seed Tulane, No. 3 seed Boston College and No. 4 seed Utah.
The 70th Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 18, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.