Danny Valencia is filling the shoes of the top power hitter that was on UM's roster last season in Jim Burt.
If that's not enough, Burt was also quite a popular player, loved unquestionably by the Hurricanes fans.
But UNC-Greensboro transfer Danny Valencia is here to prove he's up to the task. And as he shows that, Hurricanes fans will grow to love him as they did Burt.
And so far so good for Valencia and the ‘Canes as he's helped lead UM to a 17-4 start and a top 10 national ranking.
Although Valencia struggled a bit this weekend going 3-for-11 in the series against Duke, he did score three runs and recorded two RBI.
Heading into tonight's game against Rutgers at 7:00, which will be shown on Comcast Sports South, Valencia looks to start cracking the ball with some power, the one thing he hasn't hit for yet this year as he's only hit one home run so far.
So what made Valencia return to Miami after having a spectacular freshman season at Greensboro where he was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year while posting a .338 batting average, hitting 8 home runs and driving in 36 runs?
"I lived in Palm Beach growing up and wanted to be close to home and be back in Florida," Valencia said. "I wanted my family to have a chance to see me play. We get treated way better here as well."
The Boca Raton-native who attended Spanish River High School, Valencia has already made his bat heard at Mark Light Fied as he's fourth on the team in batting average hitting ridiculous .350.
He trails only Jon Jay who is hitting an insane .513, star Ryan Braun who is hitting .462 and Danny Figueroa who is hitting .359.
He's driven in 23 runs--third behind Jay and Braun and is third on the team in hits as well behind the aforementioned two.
And he's only looking to keep getting better and has already shown his versatility. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore played shortstop and third base at UNC-Greensboro. This season he's playing first base. He's only committed two errors at the new position through 21 games.
"I just want to have a better year, have more home runs, drive in more run, and hit for a better average," Valencia said.
But more than anything, Valencia wants to be a champion.
"I want to get to Omaha and win a National Championship more than anything," Valencia said. "Going to the ACC can only help our chances to get there and win it all."
Particularly with the added travel to places like North Carolina, Georgia Tech and the other ACC schools, Valencia looks at that as something that can only help the ‘Canes opportunity to be successful in Omaha.
"It's going to be awesome working to get Omaha," Valencia. "And just trying to win a National Championship is something you'll never forget."
And it's something Valencia has his eyes on.
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