Hurricanes knock out ACC, in-state rivals
OMAHA, Neb. Oó Carlos Gutierrez got the job done this time.
Two days after the Miami closerís two-run throwing error cost the Hurricanes a win in their College World Series opener, Gutierrez overcame another shaky ninth inning to seal a 7-5 victory over Florida State on Monday.
iI tell you, my heart canít take many games like that right there,î Miami coach Jim Morris said. iYou donít know whatís going to happen. You donít feel safe with a five-run lead going into the ninth inning. They just hit the ball hard and kept battling back.î
Miami, the No. 1 national seed, plays Wednesday against Stanford (40-23-2). The Hurricanes (53-10) have not gone two-and-out in 20 CWS appearances since 1979. FSU (54-14) leaves Omaha after two games for the fourth time in 13 appearances under coach Mike Martin.
The Seminoles had 18 hits ó four by national player of the year Buster Posey ó but left 17 runners on base to set a CWS record for a nine-inning game.
iIf you would have told me before the game that we would have gotten 18 hits and not make an error, I would have taken my chances,î Martin said.
Jemile Weeks hit his second homer of the CWS and Dennis Raben and Jason Hagerty joined Weeks in driving in two runs apiece for the Hurricanes, who beat their ACC rivals for the third time in four meetings.
The Seminoles had no problem hitting the four pitchers they faced, but they had lots of trouble pushing across runs.
They looked as if they might break through in the ninth against Gutierrez, whose two-run throwing error in the ninth inning Saturday was part of a Miami implosion that led to a 7-4 loss to Georgia.
Georgia 4, Stanford 3
Matt Cerioneís two-out, bases-loaded single drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and three Georgia pitchers combined for six innings of shutout relief.
The Bulldogs (43-23-1) took control of Bracket 1 and will wait until Friday to play the winner of Wednesdayís Miami-Stanford game. A win in that game would send Georgia to the best-of-three championship round.
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