There is no doubt where Canes fans will have their attention for the next three nights. Nope, not the first hour of tonight's three-hour finale of Lost (I've got it set to record on my DVR). Rather, Mark Light Stadium where the No. 1-ranked baseball Canes will attempt to lock up their first regular season ACC title with a series win against No. 2 North Carolina.
Miami (42-6, 22-3 ACC) hasn't really enjoyed its time in the ACC since it moved over from the Big East a little more than five years ago. Make that ditto for the football and basketball teams. The ACC really has turned out to be a lot tougher than I think we all expected. But this weekend, Jim Morris' team can finally put The U atop the conference.
And to be honest, playing the second-best team in the country the past two seasons is probably the perfect way to accomplish it. North Carolina (43-9, 20-6 ACC) is no joke. The Tar Heels have the No. 1 pitching staff in the country with a 2.28 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .226 and have struck out 525 in 470 innings pitched. Miami owes these guys dearly. UNC has won the last two series including a sweep in Chapel Hill last year.
I won't be there (Susan Miller Degnan will be). But I've also got my DVR set to record the series on CSS. I'll be leaving for a wedding this weekend of fellow Herald Sports Writer Joseph Goodman. I know I've been gone from the blog this week. But as I've told you guys before, I'm busy working the recruiting trail here in South Florida. I've already made visits to 12 different South Florida high schools in the past two weeks. You can check out my spring tour diaries on our Herald.com recruiting page. My next diary will include visits to Central -- the school I predict will take over as the power in Miami-Dade -- and Hialeah. Both teams are loaded with 2010 prospects Miami should be very interested in.
As for the Canes, they picked up another commitment today from a little known tight end out of Fleming Island named Cory White. I'm going to try to reach the kid when I get back home from a making a few more local visits to a few high schools tonight. See you guys later.