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After 2-year absence, Hurricanes back in NCAA tournament

Gino DiMare leads Miami back to postseason in first year

Miami Hurricanes first baseman Alex Toral celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning of Miami's 11-0 win against the Florida State Seminoles, April 5, 2019, at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables, Florida.
Miami Hurricanes first baseman Alex Toral celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning of Miami's 11-0 win against the Florida State Seminoles, April 5, 2019, at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables, Florida. (Kathy Hitchcock)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the first time in two years, the Miami Hurricanes are back in the NCAA tournament.

Miami (39-18) will face Central Michigan (46-12) in the Starkville, Mississippi, regional Friday at 8 p.m., the NCAA announced Monday.

The other teams in the regional are No. 6 national seed Mississippi State (46-13) and Southern (32-22).

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First-year head coach Gino DiMare led the Hurricanes to a second-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division after succeeding longtime skipper Jim Morris, who retired after last season. DiMare was a standout outfielder for the Hurricanes from 1989-92 and was an assistant under Morris since joining the staff as a volunteer coach in 1997.

Miami participated in an NCAA-record 44 consecutive NCAA tournaments from 1974-2016.

The top eight seeds in the NCAA tournament are UCLA (47-8), Vanderbilt (49-10), Georgia Tech (41-17), Georgia (44-15), Arkansas (41-17), Mississippi State, Louisville (43-15) and Texas Tech (39-17).