College World Series Preview: Miami vs LSU

The #1 Miami Hurricanes (49-11) face the #6 LSU Tigers (46-17) in their first game of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska on June 19 at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

TEAM MATCHUP

#1 Miami Hurricanes
49-11, Last 10: 10-0, Streak: Won 12
Batting: .329 BA - 8.7 runs/game - 1.30 HR/game - 2.20 SB/game
Pitching: 3.59 ERA - 7.8 SO/game - .238 opp. BA - .970 field pct.

#6 LSU Tigers
46-17, Last 10: 7-3, Streak: Won 5
Batting: .333 BA – 8.0 runs/game – 1.25 HR/game – 0.68 SB/game
Pitching: 3.51 ERA – 6.2 SO/game - .270 opp. BA - .970 field pct.

*Rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on June 14th

TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission: $8

Single general admission tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. the day of the game and are available at the Rosenblatt Stadium box office only. Single general admission tickets are not sold in advance and are not available via TicketMaster.

Rosenblatt Stadium, Capacity: 24,000

NOTES

Miami has an 11-7 all-time record against LSU. Miami and LSU have won five of the last eight national championships. The Hurricanes have won 19 of their last 21 games. Last week LSU defeated Texas A&M by scores of 11-8 and 4-0 to advance to advance to the College World Series. LSU had the third-best record during Southeastern Conference games—a conference with four College World Series participants.

STARTING PITCHERS

RHP #13 Cesar Carrillo (11-0, 2.73) vs. RHP #41 Nate Bumstead (10-3, 3.59)

Carrillo, a second-team All-American, has a tendency to give up runs early in the game and sometimes in bunches. When he gets in a groove he becomes hard to hit. He features a fastball in the 89-92 mph range, which he uses the most. He also throws a curve and changeup to keep hitters balanced. Last weekend he threw a complete game giving up just four hits and one run while striking out nine.

Bumstead was selected in the 32nd round by the Detroit Tigers after a successful senior season earning second-team all-SEC honors. The 6-foot-2 pitcher from Las Vegas features an average fastball, but a great changeup that he will use on any counts against left or right-handed batters. His changeup is consistently in the high 70 mph range with a lot of movement and will use it as an ‘out' pitch.

STARTERS
HURRICANES		  Advantage	TIGERS
#35 Erick San Pedro - R	      C           #14 Matt Liuzza - R
.330, 12 HR 52 RBI		    Canes		.330, 9 HR 45 RBI

#4 Jim Burt - R		      1B	         #25 Will Harris - R
.373, 14 HR 72 RBI		    Canes		.329, 7 HR 39 RBI

#22 Adam Ricks - S		      2B	         #7 Ivan Naccarata - L
.336, 10 HR 48 RBI		    Canes		.377, 5 HR 33 RBI

#0 Roger Tomas - S	               SS	         #3 Blake Gill - L 
.327, 0 HR 14 RBI		    Tigers	.344, 5 HR 41 RBI

#28 Gaby Sanchez - R	      3B          #21 Clay Harris - R
.314, 7 HR 44 RBI		     Even		.295, 7 HR 51 RBI

#30 Jon Jay - L	               LF	         #12 Ryan Patterson - R
.364, 5 HR 49 RBI		    Tigers         .340, 14 HR 64 RBI

#32 Brian Barton - R	      CF	         #1 J.C. Holt - L
.365, 6 HR 45 RBI		    Tigers        .390, 6 HR 51 RBI

#21 Richard Giannotti - S        RF	         #16 Jon Zeringue - R
.266, 5 HR 34 RBI		    Tigers        .387, 12 HR 55 RBI

#8 Ryan Braun - R		      DH	         #43 Nick Stavinoha - R
.347, 9 HR 43 RBI		    Canes		.335, 8 HR 42 RBI
ON THE BENCH

Miami
#9 Joey Hooft – R (.271, 1 HR 21 RBI)
#48 Brendan Katin - R (.268, 6 HR 24 RBI)
#16 Paco Figueroa – R (.364, 3 HR 17 RBI)

LSU
#2 Derek Hebert – L (.278, 1 HR 6 RBI)
#34 Matt Horwath – R (.246, 1 HR 9 RBI)
#9 Dustin Weaver – R (.347, 1 HR 12 RBI)

IN THE BULLPEN

Miami
Relievers
RHP #34 Vince Bongiovanni, 3-2, 5.40 ERA (38.1 IP)
RHP #27 Danny Gil, 8-0, 3.11 ERA (37.2 IP)
RHP #7 Alex Blanco, 1-1, 4.26 ERA (25.1 IP)
LHP #19 Chiqui Chirino, 0-0, 3.21 ERA (14.0 IP)
Starters
LHP #44 J.D. Cockroft, 9-4, 3.41 ERA (100.1 IP)
LHP #18 Brandon Camardese, 6-2, 3.86 ERA (88.2 IP)
RHP #31 Dan Touchet, 5-1, 3.69 ERA (46.1 IP)

LSU
Relievers
LHP #33 Jason Determann, 6-4, 3.93 ERA (71 IP)
RHP #29 Jordan Faircloth, 3-3, 2.40 ERA (56.1 IP)
RHP #28 Michael Bonura, 4-0, 4.59 ERA (33.1 IP)
LHP #27 Greg Smith, 2-0, 2.43 ERA (29.2 IP)
Starters
RHP #35 Justin Meier, 6-2, 3.75 ERA (100.2 IP)
LHP #46 Lane Mestepey, 7-3, 3.43 ERA (94.1 IP)
LHP #13 Clay Dirks, 8-2, 3.35 ERA (80.2 IP)

HIGHEST DRAFT PICK

Miami (6 drafted players): C Erick San Pedro, 2nd Round, Montreal Expos

LSU (4): RF Jon Zeringue, 2nd Round, Arizona Diamondbacks

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

Both teams will play their next game on June 21st against either South Carolina or CS-Fullerton, which will be televised on ESPN2. The losers will play an elimination game at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) and the winners will play at 7:00 p.m.

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

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