Nebraska, which extended its winning streak to 10 straight games and improved to a perfect 5-0 in 2005 NCAA Tournament play, won a Super Regional title at home for the third time in school history. The Huskers, who became the first of eight teams to punch their ticket to Omaha, will open the College World Series on Friday, June 17 at Rosenblatt Stadium. Nebraska increased its school-record win total and improved mark to 56-13 this season. The Huskers also swept Miami in the first-ever meetings between the two schools in baseball.
All-American Alex Gordon started the Husker power surge by driving the second pitch he saw from Miami starter Brandon Camardese over the 403 sign in left center field for his team-leading 19th home run of the season to give Nebraska a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The Huskers then struck for three more runs and a commanding 5-0 lead in the third inning, as Joe Simokaitis led off the frame with a solo home run, his third of the season, before Ryan Bohanan's two-run double nearly put the game away for the Huskers. Bohanan added a solo homer, the first of his career, to lead off the eighth inning to provide an insurance run.
Simokaitis, a 10th-round pick of the Chicago Cubs earlier this week in the Major League Baseball Draft, starred for the Huskers in both wins over Miami. The senior shortstop went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Saturday, after going 2-for-3 with one run, an RBI a sacrifice and his 17th stolen base of the year in the Huskers' 3-1 win over the Canes on Friday afternoon.
Nebraska starter Johnny Dorn kept Miami in check for 6.1 innings, allowing just one run on five hits to pick up his team-best 12th win of the season. Dorn had some strong defense behind him all day, as he allowed just six Hurricanes to reach base, including John Jay, who knocked in his first home run of the season to cut the lead to 5-1 in the fourth.
Bohanan came back with the first home run of his career in the eighth inning, before Miami scored a pair of late runs off NU reliever Brian Duensing. Husker closer Brett Jensen came in with one out in the eighth and shut down the Canes in order to pick up his school-record 15th save of the season.
Nebraska's defense, which did not commit an error in either of its games against Miami in the Super Regional, provided perfect support to a dominant pitching staff that surrendered just four combined runs in two games to a Hurricane team that entered the Super Regional series averaging 8.1 runs per game.
The Huskers' trio of home runs, errorless defense and stellar pitching performances helped NU overcome the absence of Gordon for the game's final three innings. The two-time Big 12 Player of the Year was ejected by the third base umpire with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Miami's Danny Figueroa was called safe trying to advance from second to third on a ground ball to Gordon, who attempted to tag Figueroa and then threw to first base in time to get the Hurricanes' Ryan Braun for what appeared to be the final out of the inning.
While Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson discussed the call with the third base umpire, Gordon was ejected from the game. Jake Opitz replaced Gordon and drew a pair of walks in his only plate appearances of the game to help the Huskers.
Without Gordon at the corner, Nebraska's defense remained perfect and Jensen stamped an exclamation point on the win by striking out Miami's Walter Diaz looking to cap a perfect 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to spark an enthusiastic Husker celebration on the field.
Nebraska Game Notes:
**-- Today's game attendance of 8, 711 was the largest in Haymarket Park history.
**-- Johnny Dorn went 6.1 innings allowing just one run to pick up his 12th win of the season. Dorn, who has won 12 straight decisions, moved into sole possesion of third on the NU single-season chart, trailing only Troy Brohawn, who had 13 wins in 1993, and Shane Komine, who had a school-record 14 wins while leading Nebraska to its first-ever College World Series appearance in 2001.
**-- Nebraska now holds a 10-game winning streak which is one off the Huskers' season high of 11 set from March 11 to March 23. NU has now won seven straight games over ranked teams with the two-game sweep over the No. 13 Hurricanes.
**-- Alex Gordon's home run was his 19th of the season and the 44th home run of his career. It was his 45th extra-base hit of the season and moved him into sole possesion of third on the NU single-season chart for extra-base hits.
**-- Nebraska has scored in the first inning 33 times and is now 28-5 when scoring in the first inning.
**-- Joe Simokaitis' home run was the first postseason home run of his career, the 79th hit of the season and 242nd hit of his career.
**-- Daniel Bruce's stolen base in the fifth inning was the Huskers' 100th stolen base of the season.
**-- Ryan Bohanan's home run in the top of the eighth was his first career home run.
**-- Closer Brett Jensen increased his school record with his 14th save of the season as he went 1.2 hitless innings Saturday.
Miami Game Notes:
**-- John Jay's solo home run was the first of this season and the seventh of his career.
**-- Jay finished the season with a .408 average to become the first Hurricane since Kevin Howard hit .413 in the 2000 season.
**-- Ryan Braun's RBI in the bottom of the eighth tied his career-high for 76 RBIs in a season.
**-- Miami closed the season by losing eight of its last 11 games, including two straight at Hawks Field.
**-- It was the Hurricanes' third Super Regional appearance away from Coral Gables. Miami has never advanced to the College World Series by winning a Super Regional on the road.
**-- Catcher Eddy Rodriguez finished the game by going 3 for 4 at the plate, recording nearly half of the Hurricanes' seven hits and finishing one hit shy of his season and career high.
**-- Miami was held to just four runs over two games against the Huskers (1 in Game 1 and 3 in Game 2). The Hurricanes had come into the matchup averaging 8.1 runs per game on the season. The last time Miami was held to four runs or less in consecutive NCAA Tournament games was 1979 when it scored four runs in the College World Series against Arizona (1) and Pepperdine (3).
Coach Mike Anderson
'It is a pretty fun day in Husker baseball. I'm having a tough time sitting up here with these guys with their hats backwards. We've got a rule that says you can only wear your hat backwards on certain days and that's when you win a championship. Usually I get to take them but not today. I'm happy they get to wear their hats backwards.'
'I'm extremely happy for our team and very happy that these kids get to experience the College World Series. It's special and we do have some kids that have experienced it but to have Ryan Bohanan and Ryan Wherle and Johnny Dorn and Joba Chamberlain and these new guys get the opportunity to experience that whole thing is a thrill of a lifetime for me to see that. I'm excited they get that opportunity. They earned it and they deserved it and they worked hard for it. It didn't just happen this weekend. They have been working hard all year long. It's just a thrill that they have this opportunity. They'll have it the rest of their lives. They'll have that dog pile the rest of their lives."
"When we start getting intense and start understanding what we're playing for and all those things. You want to try and relax and you know you have a special moment right around the corner and you have to make it happen. And they made it happen and they're going to have that opportunity the rest of their lives. They get to go to the College World Series and celebrate this victory in front of their fans the way they did. That dog pile was special."
On the game
"From a game standpoint, Johnny was outstanding. He got in control and gave up one mistake to a guy that hadn't hit a home run all year. I give him a lot of credit. Deunsing was okay. I'm not going to say he was bad. He pitched well and did some good things and we got the chance to get to Jensen."
"We played great defense throughout the series and I was extremely happy with our attack and aggressiveness of what we did offensively, more so on the mental side than the physical side. You could see it and feel it in our kids' eyes. You could sense it and they had a great aggression and great attack mode that I was very proud of."
On the Miami Hurricanes
"I give a lot of credit to the Miami Hurricanes for getting to the Super Regional. They are a quality program, traditional program. For us to win whether it's at Haymarket or wherever it is, a tremendous amount of credit goes to Miami for being in this situation."
On the College World Series
"I feel good. We've got pitching and defense. All year long we've said if we can just get some timely hits and get going. I feel good about one thing – I have had faith in our offense all year long. You might have to scratch the positives sometimes but they we're doing enough right to get some wins. I have felt good about this group all year long. We have pitching and defense going up there with some guys that feel very hot about their hitting. You look at some teams that have won that thing and that's exactly what they had."
On Alex Gordon
"He's a special player. He is an intense player and plays without fear. That is one of the things I love about him. In terms of the incident, I support Alex 100 percent. It was an intense moment with a lot of intensity on the baseball field. We've all got to learn to calm down in certain situations and that's the bottom line. It didn't hurt the team. It was a lesson well learned and we'll move on."
On winning the series over Miami
"They're was a lot of things that happened this year and after losing to Texas we could've crawled in a hole and said we weren't very good or we could learn from it. I think again we won this series today because of losing to Texas. We learned adjustments."
On returning to the College World Series
"Any time you get to go to the College World Series it feels good but ending a career at Haymarket Park and having the opportunity to go play in the College World Series, I can't think of a better ending to a career. It's an awesome feeling and I'm glad these younger guys get a chance to feel it."
On sweeping Miami
"I wouldn't say it is surprising. Coach said it again. They are a great team and a great program and we came out ready to play. They coaches kept this team focused and they have done it all year long. After we beat Miami's No. 1 yesterday we could've got down or whatever and they kept us focused. It's just a great win for us."
On getting confidence after watching Joba Chamberlain yesterday
"First of all after getting that first win it took a lot off my shoulders, knowing we didn't have to win today but still going out and trying to get it. I'm not going to strike out 13 because I'm not as powerful as Joba but I'll just try and do my thing and help the team win."
On making it to the College World Series in his first year
"That's why I came here. I saw the coaches and players around me and I believed when I came here that we would have a chance to go to Omaha all four years. It's not that big of surprise to me I'm just happy that we finally did it."
Miami Coach Jim Morris:
"I'd like to congratulate Nebraska. They played very well. It's a great atmosphere to play this type of tournament in."
"It's a sad day for us, but we've got to bounce back and figure out how to get it done next year."
"They've got a chance to win it because they're hot. It's whoever gets hot when they get there, as we know. Always teams who get there are hot and talented. If they play like they are capable of then they have a good chance. They've got great pitching and good defense."
"It's very disappointing any time that you don't go to Omaha if you're used to going to Omaha. We've got there (a lot) since I've been here, so it's just something that is expected from our players, our coaches, our fans. So, anytime you don't go to Omaha, it's not a successful season."
Center Fielder Danny Figueroa:
"We just didn't get into a rhythm. We're a great hitting team and when we're on, we're on. We just had to get things going and we didn't. I give all the credit to the pitchers and Nebraska. They came after us great. We knew coming into this game that the pitchers are really great and we've got to tip our hats to them."
Second Baseman Paco Figueroa:
"The pitching was great. The starters, they just came after us and we just fell behind as hitters and good luck to Nebraska. I give them all the credit. I hope they do well in Omaha. But as hitters, we fell behind."
Box score (NCAA)
2005 NCAA Regional
#3 Nebraska at #13 Miami
Jun 11, 2005 at Lincoln, Neb. (Hawks Field)
Nebraska 6 (56-13)
AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
Boyer, Jesse lf.......... 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1
Simokaitis, Joe ss....... 4 2 2 1 1 0 2 7 0
Gordon, Alex 3b.......... 1 2 1 2 2 0 1 2 0
Opitz, Jake 3b.......... 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Ledbetter, Curtis 1b..... 5 0 0 0 0 2 13 0 5
Gerch, Andy rf........... 3 1 2 0 1 0 3 1 0
Adams, Trey rf.......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bruce, Daniel cf......... 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 2
Bohanan, Ryan dh......... 5 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0
Wehrle, Ryan 2b.......... 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 2
Christy, Jeff c.......... 5 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 2
Dorn, Johnny p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Duensing, Brian p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jensen, Brett p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 35 6 9 6 9 7 27 14 12
Miami 3 (41-19-1)
AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
Figueroa, D cf........... 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0
Figueroa, P 2b........... 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 5 0
Braun, R 3b.............. 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 0
Jay, J lf................ 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2
Valencia, D 1b........... 4 0 1 0 0 0 11 1 0
Katin, B rf.............. 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Rodriguez, E c........... 4 0 3 0 0 0 8 2 0
Tomas, R dh.............. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Garabedian,A ph......... 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Diaz, W ss............... 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 2
Camardese, B p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Orta, R p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Perez, C p.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 32 3 7 3 4 2 27 15 6
R H E
Nebraska............ 203 000 010 - 6 9 0
Miami............... 000 100 020 - 3 7 3
E - Figueroa, P(4); Rodriguez, E(6); Diaz,
W(15). DP - Huskers 2. LOB -
Huskers 12; Hurricanes 6. 2B - Gerch, A.(7); Bohanan, R.(3); Figueroa,
P(15); Braun, R(16); Rodriguez, E(14). HR - Simokaitis(3); Gordon, A.(19);
Bohanan, R.(1); Jay, J(1). HBP - Boyer, J.. SB - Bruce, D.(9); Wehrle,
R.(4); Braun, R(23). CS - Bruce, D.(3).
IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
Dorn, Johnny........ 6.1 5 1 1 2 1 23 25 85
Duensing, Brian..... 1.0 2 2 2 2 0 4 6 25
Jensen, Brett....... 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 5 5 18
IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
Camardese, B........ 2.1 6 5 5 3 3 13 16 63
Orta, R............. 4.2 0 0 0 3 2 13 17 68
Perez, C............ 2.0 3 1 1 3 2 9 12 50
Win - Dorn, J. (12-1). Loss -
Camardese, B (6-1). Save - Jensen, B. (15).
HBP - by Orta, R (Boyer, J.). Pitches/strikes: Dorn, J. 85/52; Duensing, B.
25/12; Jensen, B. 18/9; Camardese, B 63/36; Orta, R 68/36; Perez, C 50/28.
Umpires - HP: Mark Chapman 1B: Darrel Mason 2B: Chuck Lyon 3B: David Wiley
Start: 11:07a.m Time: 3:03 Attendance: 8711
2005 NCAA Regional
#3 Nebraska at #13 Miami - Play-by-Play
Jun 11, 2005 at Lincoln, Neb. (Hawks Field)
R H E
Nebraska............ 203 000 010 - 6 9 0
Miami............... 000 100 020 - 3 7 3
Nebraska starters: 8/lf Boyer, J.; 2/ss
Simokaitis; 4/3b Gordon, A.; 15/1b
Ledbetter, C; 26/rf Gerch, A.; 12/cf Bruce, D.; 25/dh Bohanan, R.; 10/2b Wehrle, R.;
16/c Christy, J.; 23/p Dorn, J.;
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;
18/p Camardese, B;
Nebraska 1st - Boyer, J. struck out looking (1-2). Simokaitis singled
center field (0-0). Gordon, A. homered to left center, 2 RBI (1-0); Simokaitis
scored. Ledbetter, C popped up to 2b (1-2). Gerch, A. doubled to left center (0-0).
Bruce, D. struck out swinging (3-2). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Miami 1st - Figueroa, D grounded out to 2b (0-0). Figueroa, P
flied out to cf
(2-2). Braun, R walked (3-2). Braun, R stole second. Jay, J popped up to ss (2-1).
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Nebraska 2nd - Bohanan, R. grounded out to 2b (1-2). Wehrle, R.
Christy, J. struck out swinging (2-2). Wehrle, R. stole second. Boyer, J. grounded
out to p (1-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Miami 2nd - Valencia, D popped up to 3b (1-0). Katin, B grounded
out to 3b
(0-0). Rodriguez, E doubled to left center (2-2). Tomas, R flied out to rf (0-1).
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Nebraska 3rd - Simokaitis homered to left field, RBI (2-1). Gordon,
(3-2). Ledbetter, C flied out to cf (0-1). Gerch, A. singled through the left side
(2-0); Gordon, A. advanced to second. Bruce, D. walked (3-2); Gerch, A. advanced to
second; Gordon, A. advanced to third. Bohanan, R. doubled to center field, 2 RBI
(0-0); Bruce, D. advanced to third; Gerch, A. scored; Gordon, A. scored. Orta, R to
p for Camardese, B. Wehrle, R. grounded out to 3b (1-2); Bruce, D. out at third 1b
to c to 3b. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Miami 3rd - Diaz, W struck out looking (2-2). Figueroa, D grounded
out to ss
(0-1). Figueroa, P grounded out to ss (3-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Nebraska 4th - Christy, J. grounded out to 2b (2-2). Boyer, J. hit by
(0-0). Simokaitis reached on a fielder's choice (2-2); Boyer, J. out at second 3b to
2b. Gordon, A. walked (3-1); Simokaitis advanced to second. Ledbetter, C reached on
a fielding error by ss (1-1); Gordon, A. advanced to second; Simokaitis advanced to
third, out at home ss to c. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Miami 4th - Braun, R flied out to lf (0-1). Jay, J homered to left
RBI (0-0). Valencia, D grounded out to ss (1-0). Katin, B grounded out to ss (1-0).
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Nebraska 5th - Gerch, A. walked (3-1). Bruce, D. reached on a
choice, bunt (0-0); Gerch, A. out at second c to ss. Bruce, D. stole second,
advanced to third on a throwing error by c. Bohanan, R. struck out swinging (2-2).
Wehrle, R. grounded out to 2b (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.
Miami 5th - Rodriguez, E singled to center field (1-2). Tomas, R
into double play 2b to ss to 1b (0-1); Rodriguez, E out on the play. Diaz, W
grounded out to ss (1-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Nebraska 6th - Christy, J. grounded out to ss (1-1). Boyer, J.
to 2b (2-1). Simokaitis flied out to rf (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
Miami 6th - Figueroa, D walked (3-2). Figueroa, P flied out to rf
Figueroa, D advanced to second. Braun, R grounded out to 3b (2-2); Figueroa, D
advanced to third. Opitz, J. to 3b for Gordon, A.. Jay, J grounded out to 1b
unassisted (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Nebraska 7th - Opitz, J. walked (3-1). Ledbetter, C struck out
(0-2). Gerch, A. flied out to cf (2-0). Bruce, D. flied out to lf (2-2). 0 runs,
0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Miami 7th - Valencia, D singled to pitcher (2-2). Katin, B
grounded out to c
unassisted (0-0). Rodriguez, E singled to left field (1-1); Valencia, D advanced to
second. Duensing, B. to p for Dorn, J.. Garabedian,A pinch hit for Tomas, R.
Garabedian,A walked (3-2); Rodriguez, E advanced to second; Valencia, D advanced to
third. Diaz, W hit into double play rf to c (2-2); Valencia, D out on the play. 0
runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Nebraska 8th - Perez, C to p for Orta, R. Bohanan, R. homered to left
RBI (1-1). Wehrle, R. grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-1). Christy, J. struck out
swinging (0-2). Boyer, J. singled to left center (1-2). Simokaitis walked (3-2);
Boyer, J. advanced to second. Opitz, J. walked (3-2); Simokaitis advanced to second;
Boyer, J. advanced to third. Ledbetter, C struck out swinging (1-2). 1 run, 2
hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.
Miami 8th - Adams, T. to rf for Gerch, A.. Figueroa, D walked
Figueroa, P doubled down the lf line, RBI (1-1); Figueroa, D scored. Braun, R
doubled down the lf line, RBI (0-0); Figueroa, P scored. Jay, J grounded out to 2b
(2-1); Braun, R advanced to third. Jensen, B. to p for Duensing, B.. Valencia, D
popped up to c (2-1). Katin, B flied out to cf (2-0). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1
Nebraska 9th - Adams, T. grounded out to ss (0-1). Bruce, D. singled
shortstop (1-1). Bruce, D. advanced to second on an error by 2b, caught stealing.
Bohanan, R. grounded out to 2b (3-2); Bruce, D. advanced to third. Wehrle, R. walked
(3-2). Christy, J. grounded out to ss (0-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Miami 9th - Rodriguez, E grounded out to ss (3-2). Garabedian,A
to 2b (2-2). Diaz, W struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.