The path back to Omaha for the Miami Hurricanes won't require leaving home.
For the first time since 2008 -- the last time they played in the College World Series -- the Canes (44-14) are a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. UM is seeded fifth overall, which means if they win their double-elimination regional tournament this coming weekend they'll be home for Super Regionals.
Miami, though, will first have to get past a regional field which includes bitter rival FIU (29-29), who won the Conference USA Tournament, Ivy League champion Columbia (31-15) and American Athletic Conference champion East Carolina (40-20).
Should the Canes advance, they'll host the winner of the Dallas Baptist Regional.
Friday's UM-FIU game will be played at 7 p.m., after Columbia-East Carolina matchup at 1 p.m.
UM and FIU haven't faced each other since April 23, 2008. FIU won that game 6-3.