#2 Miami Hurricanes (36-23, ACC At-Large Bid)
Chantz Mack - .297 BA, .433 OBP, 10 doubles, 14 steals
Brad Fieger - .287 BA, 13 doubles, 32 RBI
David Thompson - .285 BA, 6 HR, 43 RBI
Alex San Juan - .279 BA, 18 RBI, 5 steals
Alex Hernandez - .277 BA, 16 doubles, 31 RBI
Bryan Radziewski - 9-2, 1.49 ERA, .174 BAA, 101/29 K/BB ratio
Chris Diaz - 6-5, 1.75 ERA, .258 BAA
Javi Salas - 5-5, 3.10 ERA, .253 BAA
Andrew Suarez - 3-5, 3.71 ERA
Eric Nedeljkovic - 25 apps., 1.37 ERA, 13 saves, .188 BAA
It’s hard to argue against the fact that the Hurricanes had something of a tough season. They never really got on a roll at any point and they battled injuries and inconsistent play from key contributors from start to finish.
With that being said, Miami has a real shot to win this regional.
If that’s going to happen, though, it’s going to be because their starters pitched lights-out all weekend long. Bryan Radziewski and Chris Diaz are legitimate ace-level starting pitchers and if Salas and Suarez are your third and fourth starting options, you are in really good shape. If those guys can bridge the gap to the late innings, Eric Nedeljkovic is about as good as it gets at closer.
If those pitchers don’t have their best stuff, though, you can also see a scenario where Miami is eliminated quickly. They just don’t have the tools necessary to play come from behind baseball. The offense has been poor all season. No regular hitter is hitting above .300. Only one hitter, Thompson, has more than two home runs and they also aren’t the type offense that manufactures runs, as only three players have double-digit steals.