Canes Win 8-7 on Gator Miscues

The Miami Hurricanes are one win away from reaching the College World Series for the 21st time in school history. Miami (48-11) got three hits from freshmen Jon Jay and Roger Tomas to lead the Hurricanes to an 8-7 victory over the Florida Gators (43-21) who committed five errors in the game.

Hurricane freshman All-American Jon Jay led off the bottom of the first inning with his fifth homerun of the season. Jay fouled off two 0-2 pitches before hitting a fly ball to left field to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.

Florida bounced back with RBI base hits by Adam Davis and Ben Harrison in the third inning. Going into the bottom of the fifth inning the Gators led 4-2 before Adam Ricks and Ryan Braun each picked up an RBI to tie the game at four after five innings.

With Miami up 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh the Hurricanes scored three runs courtesy of three errors by Florida including back-to-back throwing errors by starting pitcher Justin Hoyman (11-2) trying to field sacrifice bunts.

"I think I had maybe one the entire season," Hoyman said. "I feel really comfortable fielding my position. That is something we work on all the time. It has never been an issue with me. I was really disappointed that I didn't make those plays defensively because that is part of my job."

The Gators bounced right back in the top of the eighth inning scoring three runs to close the gap to 8-7. Justin Tordi hit a two-run homer and C.J. Smith doubled in a run before Miami called on their closer Danny Gil to get the final out of the inning striking out Ben Harrison.

Gil continued to impress in the ninth inning getting the Gators to retire in order to pick up his fifth save of the season.

"For our team it was a great win," said Miami head coach Jim Morris. "We got a win off Justin Hoyman, one of the best pitchers in college baseball. We got some outstanding performances out of our guys, but I have to give credit to our four freshman."

Miami starting pitcher J.D. Cockroft went 5.1 innings giving up 10 hits, four runs, three walks, while striking out five. With the score tied 4-4, Cockroft handed the ball to Ricky Orta (2-0) who came out of the bullpen to get the win for the Hurricanes.

Game two of the best-of-three series is on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.

College World Series Opponent

The winner of the Coral Gables Super Regional will face the winner between LSU (44-17) and Texas A&M (42-20) on June 19. The first game of the series is on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2.

LSU's Nate Bumstead (10-3, 3.51) will go up against the Aggies Jason Meyer (8-2, 2.45).

Notes

The crowd of 5,097 was the second-highest of the season at Mark Light Field-only the April 17 game against Florida State drew more fans (6,328)…The Hurricanes have won 11 straight games and 18 of their last 20…Ben Harrison extended his career-best hit streak to 15 games…Matt LaPorta hit his 14th homer of the season and has hit a homerun every 9.1 at bats…Miami leads the season series 3-1 and since 2000 Miami has a 13-7 record against Florida.

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

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