Huskers hitch past Canes, win game one

Lincoln - In a classic pitcher's duel, Nebraska's Joba Chamberlain struck out 13 Miami hitters to lead the No. 3 national seed Cornhuskers to a 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes in front of a sellout crowd of 8,308 fans Friday in the first game of a best-of-three Super Regional series at Hawks Field.

After sitting through a two-hour, 21-minute rain delay, Chamberlain came out strong and got better as the game wore on. The right-hander went 8.0 solid innings allowing just six hits while picking up his fifth double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Chamberlain's 13 strikeouts marked the second-highest total of his career, just shy of the career-best 15 strikeouts he notched against New Mexico on Feb. 25.


Chamberlain improved to 9-2 on the season, and increased his team-leading strikeout total to 126 on the year, the third-highest single-season mark in NU history.


Chamberlain outdueled Miami ace Cesar Carrillo, the 18th overall pick in this week's Major League Baseball Draft. Carrillo (13-3) allowed just six hits over a complete-game 8.0 innings while suffering only his third loss in 28 career decisions.


Miami second baseman Paco Figueroa produced three of the Hurricanes' seven hits off Chamberlain, including the only thing standing between Chamberlain and a shutout with a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning that gave Miami a 1-0 lead.


The Hurricanes' lead was short-lived, as the Huskers struck back in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the score. Joe Simokaitis opened the frame with a hit, which was just NU's second base hit of the game after Jesse Boyer led off the first with a single.


Husker third baseman Alex Gordon followed Simokaitis' leadoff single with a walk to put runners at first and second with no outs. Redshirt freshman Andy Gerch hit a shot down the first base line that Cane first baseman Danny Valencia could not handle, allowing Simokaitis to score from second.


Gerch was thrown out trying to get back to first base on the play, leaving Gordon at third base with just one out, but the Huskers were unable to take the lead, stranding Gordon at third in the fourth inning.


After Chamberlain struck out the side in the top of the fifth, the Huskers received the game's biggest hit with Daniel Bruce's leadoff home run on a 3-1 pitch in the bottom of the inning. It was the senior center fielder's fifth homer of the year and Chamberlain made it hold up.


Nebraska pushed across an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.  Husker catcher Jeff Christy, who was a perfect 2-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch on the day to improve his NCAA Tournament batting average to .500, led off the eighth with a sharp double under the glove of a diving Jon Jay in left field.  Christy, who also threw out 2-of-2 would-be Miami base stealers on the day, moved to third on Boyer's sacrifice. Christy then scored on Simokaitis' smash single down the right field line to give the Huskers a 3-1 edge heading to the ninth inning.


Chamberlain surrendered a leadoff single in the top of the ninth and was relieved by Husker closer Brett Jensen, who got Miami All-America third baseman and No. 5 overall pick in the MLB Draft Ryan Braun to pop out to first base, before forcing Jay to ground into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to end the game.


 
 Nebraska game notes:
**-- Nebraska has won nine straight games and 14 of their last 15 contests dating back to a one-run loss on May 15 to Texas Tech on the road.  

**-- Nebraska, which took a 1-0 lead in the best of three series with the Hurricanes, has not lost a three-game series since April 8-10 against No. 1 Texas. The Huskers won Game 1 against the Longhorns, 4-3 in 16 innings, before dropping the next two games in the series, the last time this year Nebraska lost two consecutive games. The Texas series is the only one the Huskers have lost this season.

**- Today's attendance of 8,308 is the sixth largest crowd in Hawks Field history. Nebraska has recorded six of the top 10 crowds in school history during the 2005 season.


**-- Joba Chamberlain picked up 13 strikeouts on the game, his most since recording a career-high 15 against New Mexico on Feb. 25. It was his fifth double-figure strikeout game of the season. It was also the longest outing for Chamberlain since going 8.0 innings against Baylor on April 22. His two games before that contest were complete-game victories.

** - With his 13 strikeouts today, Joba Chamberlain has moved into third place on NU's single-season strikeout list with 126 strikeouts, moving past Shane Komine (115, 2002) and Troy Brohawn (123, 1993). Komine is the only Husker pitcher in history with more strikeouts in a single season after earning a school-record 159 in 2000 and 157 in 2001.

**-- Nebraska catcher Jeff Christy threw out two on the day and has now thrown out six-of-seven would-be base stealers in the Huskers' four games during the NCAA Tournament.


**-- Christy picked up his fourth stolen base of the year in the fifth inning. Christy is now 4 for 4 in stolen bases this season.


**-- Christy also tied a season high with two hits, a single and double. It was his fifth double of the year and sixth extra-base hit. He was hit by a pitch in the third inning -- his fourth HBP of the year -- and reached base all in all three plate appearances against the Hurricanes.  


**-- Daniel Bruce blasted his fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning. It was just Bruce's second homer since April 1 against Oklahoma State. His last home run came on May 10 against Creighton.

Miami game notes:
**-- Miami fell to 22-3 on the season when holding opponents to three runs or less.

**-- Miami fell to 33-5-1 this season when outhitting its opponent. The Hurricanes had seven hits to Nebraska's six in Game 1.

**-- The last time Miami lost when a Hurricane pitcher tossed a complete game was April 25, 2003, when the Hurricanes lost to Florida State, 1-0, at streak of 146 games.

**-- This is the third Super Regional the Hurricanes have played on the road and UM has lost the first game each time. In all three games, UM came back to win the second game and lose the third. UM has never lost a Super Regional game at home in Coral Gables, Fla.

**-- Miami came into the game with 105 steals in 148 attempts and had stolen 13-of-14 in NCAA Tournament play this year. UM was 0 for 2 Friday against the Huskers.

**-- Paco Figueroa gave the Hurricanes the lead in the fourth with their first run on a solo blast to left field. The home run was Figueroa's fifth of the season.


**-- Hurricane batters struck out 12 times in the game, the most an opposing pitcher has recorded against UM this season.


**-- Miami fell to 2-5 in Super Regional play on the road and is now 10-5 in Super Regional play under coach Jim Morris.

Nebraska Game 1 Postgame Quotes
June 10, 2005
NCAA Super Regional
Hawks Field

Coach Mike Anderson
On Joba's performance
"I think this is the most inspirational performances I've ever seen at Haymarket Park.  It was pretty incredible by Joba.  He fired me up throughout the day.  He was attacking and in a fearless mode.  He cramped up a little bit and he fought through it.  He was in command and disciplined and I think that's the best part about it."

On Daniel and Jeff
"Daniel's home run gave us that lead and that comfort.  And what we call a jug run, it's getting that extra run by Jeff Christy.  It was a gutty performance and I'm proud of our kids."

"It's a win and we're excited about it, but I kept trying to impress on them all year long is winning series.  So we haven't done anything.  We've just won a game within a series."

Center Fielder Daniel Bruce
On being down by one run before his hit
"We weren't worried.  We were only down by one run and every time they score we want to answer it, and we did that.  That's what we want to do every time.  Our guys did a great job of doing that."

Catcher Jeff Christy
"We just stayed confident throughout the day.  We knew it was going to be a close ball game when we came into it.  It was going to be a matter of scratching runs across here and there and that's what we kept trying to do. It was just a matter of time before we got some."

Pitcher Joba Chamberlain
"I threw a lot of first pitch strikes and I thought that was the key to the whole game … I had that confidence that maybe I lacked a little bit in the last couple of starts.  I had confidence in myself and in my teammates."

On the cramp
"It got tight throughout the game, but I knew I still had to go out and make my pitch.  In the back of my mind it was still there but I had to block it out and go out and do my thing."

Miami Game 1 Postgame Quotes
June 10, 2005

NCAA Super Regional
Hawks Field

Head Coach Jim Morris
On the game
"It was a great crowd here today. It's great to see how Nebraska has progressed in baseball the last two years. Cesar Carillo pitched well, but Joba Chamberlain was totally in control, espeically with his outstanding slider.  But we have to come back tomorrow and give a great effort."

On Nebraska's Jeff Christy
"He had a great game.  He got on base when he was hitting, and he did an outstanding job of stopping our running game. He has a quick release, and his throws are very accurate.  It was a slow track out there today (on the basepaths), but he deserves a lot of credit for stopping our running game."

On the disappointment of losing with ace pitcher Cesar Carrillo
"It's disappointing in the fact that we're used to winning on Friday.  We just have to come out and win tomorrow and then we'll worry about Sunday.  We have to swing the bat better tomorrow."

On Miami's starting pitcher for Saturday's game two, Brandon Camardese
"He's a left-handed starting pitcher.  He started for us most of the year, but he was out three weeks with the mumps, and his first start back was last week in the NCAA Tournament."

On the Hawks Field crowd
"It was a great crowd.  It's great to see college baseball progress like this in the United States.  The commitment to baseball from the Nebraska administration and fans is great to see.  They were really into it today.  They made the first inning seem like the ninth as into it as they were."

Pitcher Cesar Carillo
On his performance
"I felt great out there today.  I had every pitch working out there-my fastball, slider and changeup.  But they just hit every mistake I made."

Second Baseman Paco Figueroa
On Miami's offensive struggles
"We just have to pick it up tomorrow.  We have to come out strong as hitters tomorrow." 

On his fourth inning home run
"It was a pitch out over the plate and I just swung and hit it."


Miami vs Nebraska (Jun 10, 2005)

Box score (NCAA)
                        2005 NCAA Lincoln Super Regional
                               Miami at Nebraska
                  Jun 10, 2005 at Lincoln, Neb, (Hawks Field)

Miami 1 (41-18-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
------------------------------------------------------------
Figueroa, D cf...........  4  0  0  0   0  3  3  0   0  .322
Figueroa, P 2b...........  4  1  3  1   0  0  2  1   0  .362
Braun, R 3b..............  4  0  0  0   0  0  0  3   0  .389
Jay, J lf................  4  0  2  0   0  1  2  0   0  .411
Valencia, D 1b...........  2  0  0  0   0  1  8  1   0  .300
Katin, B rf..............  3  0  1  0   0  2  0  1   0  .335
Rodriguez, E c...........  3  0  0  0   0  2  7  0   2  .310
Tomas, R dh..............  3  0  1  0   0  2  0  0   0  .270
Diaz, W ss...............  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  5   1  .309
Carrillo, C p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0  .000
Totals................... 30  1  7  1   0 13 24 12   3

Nebraska 3 (55-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
------------------------------------------------------------
Boyer, Jesse lf..........  3  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   0  .283
Simokaitis, Joe ss.......  3  1  2  1   0  1  2  3   1  .304
Gordon, Alex 3b..........  3  0  0  0   1  0  0  1   0  .378
Ledbetter, Curtis 1b.....  4  0  0  0   0  1  9  0   2  .331
Gerch, Andy rf...........  3  0  0  0   0  2  1  0   0  .353
 Adams, Trey rf..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .245
Bohanan, Ryan dh.........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1  .319
Bruce, Daniel cf.........  3  1  1  1   0  1  1  0   0  .313
Wehrle, Ryan 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0  .283
Christy, Jeff c..........  2  1  2  0   0  0 12  3   0  .239
Chamberlain, Joba p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0     -
 Jensen, Brett p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 27  3  6  2   1  7 27 10   4

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Miami............... 000 100 000 -  1  7  1
Nebraska............ 000 110 01X -  3  6  0
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E - Valencia, D(12). DP - Hurricanes 1; Huskers 1. LOB - Hurricanes 3;
Huskers 4. 2B - Christy, J.(5). HR - Figueroa, P(5); Bruce, D.(5). HBP -
Christy, J.. SH - Valencia, D(2); Boyer, J.(4); Simokaitis(11). SB -
Simokaitis(17); Christy, J.(4). CS - Figueroa, P(7); Jay, J(7).

Miami                  IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
--------------------------------------------------------
Carrillo, C.........  8.0  6  3  2  1  7 27 31 111  2.22

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
--------------------------------------------------------
Chamberlain, Joba...  8.0  7  1  1  0 13 28 29 115  2.74
Jensen, Brett.......  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  2  2   7  2.04

Win - Chamberlain (9-2).  Loss - Carrillo, C (13-3).  Save - Jensen, B. (14).
HBP - by Carrillo, C (Christy, J.). Pitches/strikes: Carrillo, C 111/76;
Chamberlain 115/70; Jensen, B. 7/5.
Umpires - HP: David Wiley  1B: Mark Chapman  2B: Darrel Mason  3B: Chuck Lyon
Start: 12:06p.m   Time: 2:19   Attendance: 8308
Game notes:
Game Delayed 2:21 because of rain
Chamberlain faced 1 batter in the 9th.
Game: GAME01



Play-by-Play
                        2005 NCAA Lincoln Super Regional
                        Miami at Nebraska - Play-by-Play
                  Jun 10, 2005 at Lincoln, Neb, (Hawks Field)


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Miami............... 000 100 000 -  1  7  1
Nebraska............ 000 110 01X -  3  6  0
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Miami starters: 2/cf Figueroa, D; 16/2b Figueroa, P; 8/3b Braun, R; 30/lf Jay, J;
22/1b Valencia, D; 48/rf Katin, B; 10/c Rodriguez, E; 0/dh Tomas, R; 7/ss Diaz, W;
13/p Carrillo, C;
Nebraska starters: 8/lf Boyer, J.; 2/ss Simokaitis; 4/3b Gordon, A.; 15/1b
Ledbetter, C; 26/rf Gerch, A.; 25/dh Bohanan, R.; 12/cf Bruce, D.; 10/2b Wehrle, R.;
16/c Christy, J.; 44/p Chamberlain;

Miami 1st - Figueroa, D struck out looking (2-2). Figueroa, P singled to
right field (0-0). Braun, R flied out to lf (0-0). Figueroa, P out at second c to
ss, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska 1st - Boyer, J. singled to center field (2-2). Simokaitis grounded
out to p, bunt, SAC (1-1); Boyer, J. advanced to second. Gordon, A. flied out to cf
(2-2). Ledbetter, C grounded out to ss (3-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Miami 2nd - Jay, J singled to right field (3-2). Valencia, D grounded out to
p, bunt, SAC (0-0); Jay, J advanced to second. Katin, B struck out looking (2-2).
Rodriguez, E grounded out to ss (0-1). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nebraska 2nd - Gerch, A. struck out swinging (1-2). Bohanan, R. struck out
looking (0-2). Bruce, D. struck out looking (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Miami 3rd - Tomas, R struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (2-2). Diaz, W
grounded out to 3b, bunt (0-0). Figueroa, D struck out swinging (2-2). 0 runs, 0
hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska 3rd - Wehrle, R. flied out to cf (0-1). Christy, J. hit by pitch
(0-0). Boyer, J. grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b (0-2); Christy, J. out on
the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Miami 4th - Figueroa, P homered to left field, RBI (0-1). Braun, R grounded
out to ss (1-2). Jay, J singled through the right side (2-1). Jay, J out at second c
to 2b, caught stealing. Valencia, D struck out swinging (2-2). 1 run, 2 hits, 0
errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska 4th - Simokaitis singled to left field (0-2). Gordon, A. walked
(3-2); Simokaitis advanced to second. Ledbetter, C struck out looking (0-2). Gerch,
A. reached on a fielding error by 1b, out at second rf to p (0-2); Gordon, A.
advanced to third; Simokaitis scored, unearned. Bohanan, R. flied out to lf (1-0).
1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Miami 5th - Katin, B struck out swinging (3-2). Rodriguez, E struck out
swinging (3-2). Tomas, R singled to third base (0-0). Diaz, W struck out looking
(3-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nebraska 5th - Bruce, D. homered to left field, RBI (3-1). Wehrle, R.
grounded out to ss (3-2). Christy, J. singled to center field (1-1). Boyer, J.
struck out swinging (1-2). Christy, J. stole second. Simokaitis struck out looking
(1-2). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Miami 6th - Figueroa, D struck out looking (2-2). Figueroa, P flied out to rf
(1-1). Braun, R grounded out to p (2-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska 6th - Gordon, A. out at first 1b to p (0-0). Ledbetter, C grounded
out to ss (0-2). Gerch, A. struck out swinging (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Miami 7th - Adams, T. to rf for Gerch, A.. Jay, J struck out swinging (2-2).
Valencia, D flied out to cf (2-0). Katin, B singled to third base (2-2). Rodriguez,
E struck out swinging (3-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nebraska 7th - Bohanan, R. grounded out to ss (1-2). Bruce, D. grounded out
to ss (1-1). Wehrle, R. grounded out to 3b (1-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Miami 8th - Tomas, R struck out swinging (2-2). Diaz, W struck out swinging
(2-2). Figueroa, D grounded out to 1b unassisted, bunt (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska 8th - Christy, J. doubled to left field (2-1). Boyer, J. out at
first 3b to 2b, bunt, SAC (1-0); Christy, J. advanced to third. Simokaitis singled
to right field, RBI (0-0); Christy, J. scored. Simokaitis stole second. Gordon, A.
lined out to lf (2-2). Ledbetter, C flied out to cf (0-2). 1 run, 2 hits, 0
errors, 1 LOB.

Miami 9th - Figueroa, P singled through the right side (1-1). Jensen, B. to p
for Chamberlain. Braun, R popped up to 1b (1-2). Jay, J grounded into double play 2b
to ss to 1b (1-1); Figueroa, P out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0
LOB.


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