Rebs fall to Canes 14-9 in finale

The Ole Miss Rebels, with four previous appearances in the College World Series, lost their last two games of the season and ended a Super Regional season at 44-22. Miami moves on to Omaha for the 22nd time as the 2006 Oxford Super Regional champion.

It ended a game too short for the Rebels, as No. 11 Miami (41-22) used a grand slam on the way to a five run seventh inning to take down No. 7 Ole Miss (44-22) by a score of 14-9 and keep the Rebels out of the College World Series.

Ole Miss and Miami traded blows like prize fighters throughout the first 6.5 innings, but it was the Hurricanes who dealt the knockout blow as Danny Valencia's grand slam in the bottom half of the seventh took the game.

Ironically, it was the closer for each team who took the decision in the slugfest.

Garrett White (3-1) suffered his first loss of the year in the final game of the season for the Rebels as he worked 2.2 innings, allowing six runs on five hits as he walked two and struck out four. White entered the game to relieve Will Kline and close out the sixth inning. Kline entered the game in relief of starter Lance Lynn in the third.

Miami closer Chris Perez (4-1) picked up the win as he worked a season-long 5.0 innings. Perez allowed two runs on five hits as he struck out five batters. He did not walk a batter in the outing.

The game opened similar to the first two, with runs coming early as the home team scored in the first inning of each game.

Jemile Weeks was hit by a pitch to reach base safely and open the bottom half of the first and stole second on a strikeout of Tommy Giles. He then scored on a bloop single to left center from John Jay, putting Miami on the board first for the second straight game. Jay then stole second before Danny Valencia hit a two run homer over the fence in left field to give Miami a 3-0 lead.

Mark Wright hit his 16th home run of the season, a three-run shot down the left field line in the top of the second to even the game at three. Logan Power and Justin Brashear both drew walks to reach base safely to open the inning.

Miami mounted a rally in the bottom half of the third as Jay was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on a single through the left side from Valencia. The Hurricanes loaded the bases as Dennis Raben drew a walk with no outs. Another walk pushed a run across and left the bases loaded for the Canes as Miami took the lead. A sacrifice fly to center from Roger Tomas pushed a second run across and gave the Hurricanes a 5-3 advantage. A fielding error at first with two outs allowed Raben to score from second and pushed runners to second and third as the Miami advantage continued to grow to 6-3.

Will Kline entered the game in relief of Lynn with two on and two out in the third. Kline got Weeks to ground out to short and end the inning and Miami rally with the Hurricanes holding the three run edge.

The Rebels made a move in the top of the fourth as a single from Ketchum and another walk of Power put two on and none to open the frame. A flyout to the warning track in center from Brashear gave Miami the first out, but the Hurricanes pulled starter Miguelez in favor of right-handed Marcelo Albir.

Mark Wright singled down the right field line, scoring Ketchum from second and moving Power to third, putting runners at the corners with one out and cutting into the Miami lead. With two outs, Justin Henry doubled to the wall in right field, scoring Power and Wright to tie the game while a fielding error by the right fielder allowed Henry to take third. Ole Miss took the lead on a single to left center from Chris Coghlan to score Henry.

Miami got off back-to-back singles to open the bottom half of the frame as the Hurricanes looked to mount another rally. A sacrifice bunt from Valencia advanced both runners to second and third as the Rebels picked up the first out of the inning. The Rebels got out of the inning with no damage as Giles was tagged out in a rundown between third and home on an grounder back to the mound. Kline then struck out Jay to end the inning.

A single through the right side from Giles opened the bottom half of the sixth for Miami and a single to short allowed Jay to reach, but a throwing error as Henry attempted to get Jay out at first allowed Giles to move to third on the play. A sacrifice fly from Raben scored Giles and tied the game at seven as the Rebels picked up the first out of the inning.

Garrett White entered the game for Kline with one down, the score tied at seven and a runner at first. Jay stole second on a first pitch strike and then stole third. The throw was not handled at third, bouncing to the dugout on the third base side, allowing Jay to score and Miami to take the lead 8-7. White then retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Coghlan took the first pitch of the seventh over the fence in right field, tying the game at eight.

Miami laid down a bunt single to open the bottom half of the frame, and an intentional walk of Weeks with two outs put runners at first and second. Giles then singled up the middle to score Tomas from second and give Miami the lead back 9-8. Jay was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs and keep the inning alive for the Hurricanes before Valencia hit his grand slam to move the Hurricanes up 13-8.

Ole Miss loaded the bases with three straight singles to open the ninth, but Ole Miss could not pull of the rally as only one run crossed the plate. Coghlan scored on a grounder to second, but no more Rebels crossed the plate as Miami claimed the win and advanced.

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