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Jaxbase_2 JACKSONVILLE -- The Miami baseball team took the field at the very nice Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville today for some BP.

Team seems very relaxed, ready to go and try and win the school's first major ACC tournament title since joining the league full-throttle in 2004-05.

Miami is going to have its hands full, with a very desperate Clemson team on the docket Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers slipped into the tournament when Virginia Tech beat Duke last weekend. So, for the Tigers to move on into the NCAA tournament, they probably need a very good showing (like winning the thing) here in Jacksonville this weekend.

Acc But fear not, UM fans, Jim Morris is going with the ace, freshman Chris Hernandez, in Game 1. Says he's not going to change up things, not going to burn out the pitching staff to win the ACC. Miami has bigger fish to fry, and that fryer opens up next weekend in Coral Gables when the NCAA regionals come to town.

Miami plays Clemson, Georgia Tech and N.C. State in their side of the bracket, the Canes going 8-1 against those three this season. The Canes have outscored those three by a whopping 86-45 this season. But, temper that: Those three are 5-0 against UM in the past three ACC tournaments. Miami doesn't play well up here, going just 2-6 in the previous (and only) three tournaments it has been in.

Maybe the move to Boston's Fenway Park next spring (yes, college baseball at Fenway) will be a more suitable host.

-- All three Miami games on either Sunshine or Fox Sports Florida this weekend, with all the games on student station WVUM 90.5 FM and XM Satellite Radio. WQAM going online only tomorrow, with the other games over the AM airwaves.

-- GEORGE RICHARDS

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