Hurricane Bats Come Alive, Win 19-5

The Miami Hurricanes (46-11) love playing at home especially during the regionals. Jim Burt and Gaby Sanchez combined for 11 RBI's to lead the Hurricanes to a 19-5 dismantling of North Carolina State (36-23) in the second game of the Regionals. With the victory Miami advances to the championship round against Florida Atlantic Sunday at 1:00.

Last week the Hurricanes handed Long Beach State's Jered Weaver his worst outing of the season by scoring seven runs off of the future first round draft pick. Today it was All-ACC RHP Michael Rogers that got hammered by the Hurricanes.

Rogers (9-4) came into the game with an ERA of 2.30 and left with a 3.08 ERA after giving up 11 runs in 3.2 innings. The sophomore allowed his first walk in 99 batters and finished the day giving up three walks.

"I don't really know what happened with Rogers," said North Carolina State head coach Elliott Avent. "I have never seen Michael hit like that in my life. He was awfully keyed up before the game, awfully keyed up. He was pitching behind all day and he left some pitches up that they hit."

Things looked good for Rogers and his teammates leading 4-0 after the top half of the first inning. In the inning Hurricane pitcher Cesar Carrillo (10-0) gave up four hits in the first four at-bats, but settled down to only allow three hits in the next 24 at-bats. Carrillo, a second team All-American, went six innings and struck out six to pick up his tenth win of the season.

"We felt pretty good with four runs in the first with Rogers going," Avent said. "Next thing we know it's 15-5 and we are worried about not using too many pitchers."

Senior Jim Burt, a third-team All-American, led the Hurricanes going 4-5 with a double, a homerun, and five RBI's. His homerun was his 13th of the season extending his team lead.

"We knew we could score runs off of him since we did that last year," Burt said. "We knew Cesar would settle down and we would have to chip away at their lead."

Third basemen Gaby Sanchez also had a strong performance the plate going 3-5 with six RBI's. Sanchez's three-run homer in the fourth inning gave the Hurricanes an 11-5 lead.

"I have to credit my teammates," Sanchez said, "because they did a great job of getting on base in front of me. I tried to the ball hard and not for homeruns, but for base hits."

The last time Miami scored 19 runs in a postseason game was May 26, 2000 against Wagner. The most runs scored by the Hurricanes in a postseason game is 22 against Princeton on May 24, 1985.

Sunday Opponent

Miami will face Florida Atlantic (47-16) at 1:00 pm on Sunday after the Owls knocked out St. Bonaventure 14-2 in the first game of the day and ended the day by sending the Wolfpack home by a score of 10-2. If Florida Atlantic wins the first game there will be another game 45 minutes following the game since they suffered a loss on Friday to North Carolina State 6-5.

In their second elimination game of the day the Owls got a complete game from Will Mann (5-0), their fourth starter, to save the bullpen from eating up a lot of innings.

Florida Atlantic ace Randy Beam (10-3, 3.24) was saved to face the Hurricanes and will get his chance. Beam will face J.D. Cockroft (8-4, 2.93) in a rematch of last year's regional in which Cockroft out dueled Beam 1-0.

Offensively the Owls are led by OF Jeff Fiorentino (.349-17-67), OF Tim Mascia (.394-5-59), and DH Rob Horst (.276-15-62).

If Florida Atlantic wins the first game look for the Hurricanes to rebound with Dan Touchet (5-1, 3.77). The Owls will counter with Mike Crotta (5-4, 5.20) or Jason Costello (3-1, 4.61)--both of which faced the Hurricanes in a 13-3 loss on May 19. Coincidentally Touchet started the game for the Hurricanes and picked up the win.

Notes

Game attendance was 2,227...Paco Figueroa made his first appearance since April 11 at Florida StateRyan Braun went 0-5 and is just 1-9 in the tournament…Jon Jay hit his fourth homerun of the season, all to left field…Miami pushes their postseason record at Mark Light Field to 75-11…The Miami/Florida Atlantic winner will face the Florida/UCLA winner next week in the Super Regionals…The eight Super Regional sites will be announced exclusively on ESPN SportsCenter on Sunday between 11 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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