Braun's walk-off homer carries Canes

Freshman Ryan Braun came to bat in the bottom of the ninth with two out and nobody on against one of the best closers in the country, Joey Devine. Braun would get the best of Devine today sending a 1-0 hanging slider over the left field fence to give the Hurricanes a 10-9 victory. Was he nervous? "I pride myself in these situations," said a confident Ryan Braun,

And why shouldn't he be confident? He has had an outstanding freshman year for one of the best teams in the country. His 74 RBI's on the season is a record for Miami freshmen previously set by Pat Burrell whom Coach Jim Morris considers the best college hitter he's ever seen. Braun also hit a three-run homer in his first at bat of the game.

Miami starting pitcher J.D. Cockroft struggled hitting his spots and gave up seven earned runs in 5.1 innings. Cockroft was pulled after giving up a grand slam to Justin Riley to give North Carolina State a 9-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning. When Riley was asked about Cockroft's struggles he responded, "Did Cockroft have a bad game or did N.C. State have a good game?"

Things looked bleak as Wolfpack pitcher Michael Rogers was on a roll after pitching four straight shutout innings. But the Hurricanes showed a lot of heart this year once again and did not give up. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Adam Ricks led off the inning with a single and with two outs Gaby Sanchez hit a three-run homer to cut the lead to 9-6. Erick San Pedro hit an RBI double and Danny Figueroa singled him home to trim the lead down to one.

North Carolina State starting pitcher Michael Rogers analyzed his performance very simply, "I didn't make pitches." Rogers came into the game with a 2.64 ERA but allowed seven earned runs in 5.2 innings.

Erick San Pedro would hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Gaby Sanchez in the eighth inning which would tie the game. Sanchez's evaluation of the play, "When I saw the guy diving I made up my mind that I had to go and try to tie up the ball game."

Shaun Valdes-Fauli pitched the ninth inning for Miami and got two straight weak groundouts to end the inning as North Carolina State left runners on second and third. A problem they had all game stranding 10 runners opposed to Miami's three.

North Carolina State was 38-2 when leading after 7 innings prior to this game. Head coach Elliot Avent is confident in his team's ability to put this game behind them and win the next two games. Avent noted that even if they had won there was going to be a game on Sunday and he is right. But I guarantee he would much rather be up 1-0.

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