CWS: Canes Fall to Rice, 3-2

OMAHA, Neb. -- A strong pitching performance by Danny Gil and a four-hit night by Jemile Weeks were not enough as the Miami Hurricanes fell to Rice, 3-2 at the College World Series. Miami will face Oregon State in an elimination game tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET

Miami was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring postion and left 11 men on base as a team.

Danny Valencia struck out to end the game with Tommy Giles on first and Jemile Weeks on third base.

Valencia was 1-for-5 on the night leaving five men left on base.

"He will be fine," Miami coach Jim Morris said. "He didn't come through today, but he has come through a lot for us."

With one out Weeks hit a single to left field recording his fourth straight hit two nights after he went 0-for-4 in this first CWS game.

"I never lose confidence in myself," Weeks said. "It's just one game."

Weeks, a freshman All-American and team-leader in extra base hits believes the 'Canes are not out of the national championship picture.

"I don't think (the loss) does anything to our national championship hopes," he said. "We were down the first game against Ole Miss last weekend, but we came back fighting."

"We will come back strong and try to win it all," said Weeks, who raised his batting average to .357.

Morris will start either RHP Carlos Gutierrez (9-6, 4.08 ERA) or LHP Manny Miguelez (8-4, 4.31) against Oregon State, a team they beat 11-1 on Saturday.

"I still feel good about our team," Morris said. "We just didn't get hits when we needed."

GIL SOLID IN DEFEAT

Junior RHP Danny Gil picked up the loss in the game, but he was strong despite giving up two runs in the first inning.

Gil (4-3) pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing three runs, one earned, and five hits. He struck out a season-high six batters while walking one.

"I just tried to change speeds and get groundballs," said Gil, who has a 0.50 ERA in three starts during the NCAA Tournament.

"Danny pitched good enough to win," Morris said. "It was a great game, but bottom-line is neither of us played very good defense. But they got the hits when it counted and that is the name of the game."


Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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