We're officially in winter, but that simply means spring is right around the corner. And with that comes Opening Day.
The Canes celebrate a win in Orlando against UCF.
The University of Miami club baseball team opens the season at home against city rival Florida International University on Feb. 1 and 2. UM has a 5-2 record against FIU.
The University of South Florida comes to Miami the following weekend on Feb. 8 and 9. The first-year program hopes to officially enter the NCBA in 2015.
After six non-conference games, UM travels to Tallahassee to take on Florida State on Feb. 15 and 16 to open the conference schedule. The Hurricanes dropped two-out-of-three to the Noles but won with a dramatic walk-off double from Rich Moriarty last year.
"Going on the road is very fun," said pitcher Sal Maffei. "We grow together as a team and usually play our best games."
The Hurricanes come back home to face the Gators of Florida in a rematch of last year's do-or-die final series that saw UF triumph on the last day of the season. That conference series against UM's archrivals is slated for Feb. 22 and 23.
After spring break, the Hurricanes go on the road to play Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Meyers on March 22 and 23 in a conference series. Miami went 5-1 against FGCU last year as the Eagles were transitioning into the NCBA.
In what figures to be one of the most important conference series of the season, UM will square off against UCF March 29 and 30 in Miami. The Hurricanes went 2-4 against last year's conference champions, but the contests were close and competitive.
"I'm looking forward to the UCF series the most," said pitcher Dan Briggi. "I'm excited to play in front of a larger contingent of student fans."
Jalen Eutsey mans second base against Florida State.
The Hurricanes wrap up their season with a conference rematch against FIU April 5 and 6 before going on the road to Melbourne to face Florida Tech in a conference series April 12 and 13. Miami went 5-0 against Florida Tech last season.
"Our schedule is challenging from the very beginning through the last game," said head coach Mike North. "We have important games against rivals early, games with conference title implications in the middle, and certainly competitive games late in the season. We will need the support from our fans at every home game this season."
The conference playoffs begin May 2 at LaGrange College in Georgia.