CWS: Rodriguez Gets Two Hits

OMAHA, Neb. -- Catcher Eddy Rodriguez got two hits and walked twice in the 11-1 Oregon State victory. The strong performance at the plate was much-needed for Rodriguez, who was batting .208 in the NCAA Tournament.

"It was great," Rodriguez said. "Once you get that first hit out of the way it's awesome because we are playing in front of a national TV audience and 25,000 fans."

Eddy Rodriguez, is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award given to the top collegiate catcher, is batting .325 on the season with 9 home runs and 34 RBIs.

As a freshman in 2004 he was 1-for-2 at the CWS.

"I tell everyone that I am a .500 hitter in Omaha," Rodriguez joked. "I think my average went up a little bit now."

Rodriguez believes the four freshmen in the starting lineup--Jemile Weeks, Dennis Raben, Yonder Alonso, and Blake Tekote--have not let any of the pressures of the big stage get to them after admitting that he had butterflies at the '04 CWS.

The Hurricanes are averaging 10 runs per game and batting .349 as a team in their seven games in the NCAA Tournament.

"It has been kind of crazy because once somebody who was hot goes down somebody else picks it up," Rodriguez said.

Right now it feels like everyone is hot.

"There is other good teams here in Omaha, I won't take anything away from anybody, but for a team to beat us it is going to take a lot because we are really confident in the way we are playing right now."


The ace throughout the season might be used in Omaha after an arm injury was thought to require Tommy John surgery and cause him to miss the entire 2007 season.

Sophomore RHP Carlos Gutierrez (9-6, 4.08) will need minor arm surgery after the season and is expected to be ready by fall practices this fall.

Gutierrez could be used at some point during the CWS although at what extent is uncertain.

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