Carrillo on Fire, Canes Advance to CWS

The Miami Hurricanes (49-11) advances to the College World Series for the 21st time in school history by defeating the Florida Gators (43-22) 3-1 behind a complete game from Cesar Carrillo (11-0). The Hurricanes will face LSU on June 19th in Omaha.

Cesar Carrillo pitched the first complete game of the season for the Hurricanes giving up just one run on four hits and striking out nine batters. He lowered his season ERA to 2.73—tops amongst Miami starters.

"I thought Carrillo pitched very well," said Florida head coach Pat McMahon. "He located all of his pitches. He threw his off-speed and breaking stuff in the zone. He pitched outstanding."

Miami is 18-0 in games in which Carrillo pitches and 15-0 when he starts. He leads the team in innings pitched and strikeouts.

"There wasn't too much different with this start," Carrillo said. "Sometimes you just get breaks. Today everything was going well and we were making plays in the field."

The Gators scored first in the bottom of the first inning with a base hit by Ben Harrison to score Adam Davis.

"I felt pumped up in the first inning," Carrillo said. "I couldn't keep the ball down. After that I settled down. I felt like I was in the zone and I was just trying to get people out."

Richard Giannotti gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning with a two-run homer to left center field off of Connor Falkenbach (10-7). Giannotti has hit the ball well the last two weeks and has provided steady defense in rightfield after taking over full-time.

The Gators say goodbye to senior Ben Harrison who recorded his first career hit against the Hurricanes in 2001. Three years later he recorded the last hit of his career against the team he very adamantly wanted to beat.

"Now that it is over you really think about how much your teammates mean to you," Harrison said. "And how many good friends you will have the rest of your life."

The Hurricanes have won 12 straight games and 19 of their last 21. Every year they strive to be playing their best baseball at the end of the season.

"This team is great," said Miami head coach Jim Morris. "They fought through adversity all year. It is a treat to see how they put it together. Omaha is a great place to go. It is the thing we talk about from day one in the fall. Our coaching staff does a great job to get everybody ready."

"We just wanted to get to Omaha," said senior Jim Burt. "Once we get there we feel we can take it all the way."

College World Series Opponent

Miami will face LSU (46-17) in the first game of the College World Series on June 19. LSU swept Texas A&M (42-22) 11-8 and 4-0 in the Super Regional at Baton Rouge.

Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, and South Carolina also have punched their ticket to Omaha.

Notes

Announced attendance was 4,853…Miami has played their last 27 games at Mark Light Field and has a 23-4 record during that stretch…Giannotti was dropped to ninth in the lineup in favor of Roger Tomas…Harrison finished his career on a 16 game hit streak…Morris said Carrillo would ‘probably' be the starter in the opener of the College World Series…Chiqui Chirino and Marcelo Albir warmed up in the eighth inning and Danny Gil was ready to go in the ninth.

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

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