Canes Remain Hot, Win 11-1

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Miami Hurricanes proved they are worthy of being in the College World Series after posting an 11-1 victory over Oregon State. A weather delay of 1:34 after the seventh inning did not slow down Miami's ability to score.

Dennis Raben hit a two-run home run to right field in the fifth inning to break the game wide open. Following his seventh homer of the season the Hurricanes led 7-0.

"I was looking for a fastball in and he threw it up and in," Raben said. "I knew right off the bat that I hit it pretty good."

In the first inning he hit a two-run double in the first inning to put Miami (42-22) on the scoreboard.

Raben has been one of the hottest hitters on the team in the second half of the season batting .413 (26-for-63) in his last 18 games.

"I just started feeling confident," said Raben, who was 2-for-3 in the game. "Every time I stepped to the plate I felt I could crush the ball."

Miami has averaged 10 runs per game and has a team batting average of .349 during the NCAA Tournament.

"We are very excited about the way we are playing right now," coach Jim Morris said.

Tommy Giles hit a three-run double in the second inning to give the Hurricanes a 5-0 lead. All three runners reached base on walks.

Jon Jay hit a three-run triple in the eighth inning and Danny Valencia drove him home for the 11th run of the game.

Scott Maine rebounded from a tough outing in the Super Regionals to help the Hurricanes get the victory.

Maine pitched seven innings and did not allow a run on four hits. He struck out three and walked two.

"My command was good and I was able to get my curve over for strikes for once," said Maine, who improved to 12-3 on the season.

Oregon State pitcher Dallas Buck (12-3), a second-team All-American, allowed seven runs, seven hits, and four walks in five innings while striking out two.

"It was probably the worst game I have ever pitched," Buck said. "I didn't make the pitches I needed to."

"We are disappointed as a club that we didn't play the way we are capable of playing," Oregon State coach Pat Casey said.


NOTES: Jon McLean allowed one run in one inning and Andrew Lane pitched a scoreless innning in relief...Yonder Alonso made a nice play in the second inning when he dove to the first base bag to make the unassisted force out...Morris is 20-13 at the College World Series...The grounds crew unrolled the tarp in the middle of the fifth inning, but after the crowd booed and the rain let up they rolled the tarp back up resulting in an official 4-minute delay...The attendance of 25,417 was the 13th largest in CWS history...Danny Gil (4-2, 2.80) will start on Monday


RICE WINS 6-4

Joe Savery had three hits including a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning as Rice defeated Georgia, 6-4.

Rice (56-11) got a strong pitching performance by Eddie Degerman, a 1st team All-American.

Degerman pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on one hit. He struck out nine and walked eight while throwing 116 pitches.

Bryce Cox (5-1) picked up the win in relief pitching 2 2/3 innings allowing two hits and no runs.

"The pitching today was great stuff," Rice coach Wayne Graham said. "Georgia fought hard and I think our guys did a great job. We are fortunate to be a winner."

Georgia (47-22) scored four runs in the top of the seventh to lead 4-2, but was unable to hold the lead as Rice scored four in the bottom of the inning.

"Unfortunatley we gave up a big (inning) today and it hurt," Georgia coach David Perno said.

Georgia starter Brooks Brown pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out six and walked three.

Attendance: 19,885

MONDAY, JUNE 19: Miami. vs Rice, 7 p.m.; Oregon State vs. Georgia, 2 p.m.


Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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