Baseball2009 NCAA Men's College World Series
NCAA Gainesville Regional
Friday, May 29, 2009
Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
Game 1 - Miami (Fla.) 9, Jacksonville 4
Freshman right-hander Travis Miller tossed four strong innings and junior first baseman Jason Hagerty homered twice to lead No. 2 seed Miami to a 9-4 win over third-seeded Jacksonville Friday afternoon in the opener of the NCAA Gainesville Regional at McKethan Stadium. Miami improved to 37-20 overall and won its 12th Regional opener under head coach Jim Morris.
Hagerty blasted two home runs - his 20th and 21st career home runs - in the first and seventh innings. He finished 2-for-2 with three RBI and three runs scored. Dave DiNatale and Yasmani Grandal each added a pair of hits for the Hurricanes who tallied 10 hits in the game.
Making just his third career start, Miller (3-0) won for the second time in the last three weekends. He tossed a career-long four innings, allowing three hits, while walking just one and striking out two. David Gutierrez tossed two scoreless innings and struck out three. Michael Rudman, Rene Guerra, Daniel Miranda and Kyle Bellamy combined to toss the final three innings.
Jacksonville starter Carson Andrew (6-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on five hits. He struck out seven. Kyle Fleming and Jeremy Gillan each went 3-for-5 for the Dolphins (36-21) while Fleming finished with two RBI.
After hitting a solo shot from the left side in the bottom of the first, Hagerty put UM up 8-4 in the seventh with a two-run shot from the right side, marking the second time this season the junior homered from each side of the plate in the same game.
Hagerty's first inning solo blast started the scoring in the Gainesville Regional. An inning later, Miami pushed its lead to 2-0 when Harold Martinez scored on an error from third after DiNatale's one-out double to right center.
Herrmann's ninth homer of the season capped off a four-run fifth inning, putting the `Canes ahead 6-0. Nathan Melendres started the inning with a single through the left side. After a Scott Lawson sacrifice bunt and groundout by Ryan Jackson, Hagerty was hit by a pitch giving Miami runners on the corners. Grandal then hit a two-run double to left-center giving Miami a 4-0 lead. Herrmann then went opposite field with a blast to left field for the six-run Hurricane lead.
Jacksonville rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh behind Fleming's two-run double and RBI singles from Gillan and Alex Martinez drawing the Dolphins within, 6-4.
After Miami's two-run bottom of the seventh, DiNatale's second double of the game helped Miami tack on an insurance run in the eighth. After his leadoff double and a sacrifice bunt from Ted Blackman moved him to third, he came across on a wild pitch to give Hurricanes the 9-4 lead.
Miami will take on the winner of Friday night's game between No. 1 seed Florida and No. 4 seed Bethune-Cookman Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in the winner's bracket. Jacksonville will play the loser of the game between the Gators and Wildcats at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Miami (Fla.) Post-Game Quotes
#22 Jason Hagerty, 1B
“You really want to get the first one under your belt because if you don’t it puts you behind. I thought we played well, we had one bad inning but we got it back together and we played well the rest of the game.”
#24 Yasmani Grandal, C
“I thought it was a pretty good game. (Starting pitcher) Travis (Miller) did pretty good. We seemed to click at the right time and we got key hits here and there and I thought overall we played pretty good.”
#14 Travis Miller, SP
“I’ve got to give credit to the hitters today, (Jason) Hagerty with the two home runs. We had one bad inning for the pitchers but overall we did a good job today.”
Head Coach Terry Alexander
“We got off to a tough start. We got down 2-0, which was nothing to worry about, but then they had the four-run inning and we were down six runs. We battled back and got back in the game, but the two-run home run in the seventh inning really took the wind out of our sails.”
#38 Carson Andrew, SP
“Those guys can really swing it. The solo home runs don’t hurt too bad, but when you walk a guy, hit a guy and make a mistake and they hit home runs it’s not good. You have to tip your cap to them for making me pay for the mistakes.”
Miami (Fla.) Notes
· With today’s appearance, Miami (Fla.) has now reached the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship a record 37th consecutive season.
· In his last five appearances, Travis Miller has a 0.69 earned run average, giving up just one runs on seven hits in 13.0 innings pitched while recording 13 strikeouts.
· Over the last 21 games, Chris Herrmann is hitting .423 (33-for-78) with 24 RBI, 24 runs, 16 walks, six home runs and five doubles.
· For the third time in his career, Jason Hagerty hit multiple home runs in a game, and for the second time he hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game. It’s the first time since hitting two dingers against Rutgers on February 22, 2009, where Hagerty went yard twice in the same game. Over his last six games, the first baseman is batting .348 (8-for-23) with nine RBI, nine runs and four home runs.
· In his last nine games, Yasmani Grandal is 16-for-31 (.516) with 14 runs, 11 RBI, three doubles and two home runs.
· With his single in the eighth, Scott Lawson has now reached base safely in 53 of his 56 games played this year.
· The Hurricanes improve their NCAA Regional record to 110-34 (.764), and 78-19 (.804) versus Jacksonville.
· Miami has won 12 of its last 13 opening-round games in the NCAA Tournament.
· Today marked the first meeting between the Hurricanes and the Dolphins since Miami picked up a sweep over JU on May 6-8, 2005. Miami has now won seven-straight games versus Jacksonville.
· Miami improves to 33-0 when leading after six innings this season and 27-2 when scoring six or more runs.
· During the span of his last three games, David Gutierrez has a 2.53 earned run average, scattering seven hits over 7.1 innings pitched, allowing just two earned runs and striking out nine.
· Relief pitcher Rene Guerra allowed his first earned run since April 3 versus Florida State, a span of eight appearances. During that eight-game span, Guerra gave up four hits over 5.1 innings and struck out four.
· With his single in the seventh, Ryan Jackson has recorded a hit in 11 of UM’s last 13 games.
· Dave DiNatale had his first two-double game since collecting a pair of two-baggers against Barry on April 1, 2009.
· During his last four games, Ted Blackman is 5-for-11 (.455) with four walks, an RBI, one run and a double.
· In his 44.1 innings pitched this year, closer Kyle Bellamy has surrendered just five earned runs while striking out 60 batters.
· With its four runs scored in the fifth inning, the Hurricanes have now outscored their opponents 77 to 26 in the fifth stanza.
· With today’s appearance, Jacksonville has now made 13 appearances all-time in the NCAA Regionals, including three of the last four years (2006, 2007 and 2009).
· Today marka JU’s first regional appearance in Gainesville since 1991 and its first-ever game against Miami in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
· The Dolphins’ two doubles on the day give the squad 121 on the year and moves them into fifth-place all-time in school history for doubles in a season.
· Starting pitcher Carson Andrew struck out seven batters on the day, falling just one short of the career-high eight strikeouts Andrew collected versus Lipscomb on May 24 and tying his regular-season career high.
· Jacksonville’s nine total strikeouts against Miami moved this year’s pitching staff past the 1994 (420) and 1989 (423) team for fifth-place all-time in school history for strikeouts in a season.
· Over his last 11 games, Jeremy Gillan is 14-for-41 (.341) with 13 RBI, five runs, four doubles and two home runs. During his last three games, Gillan is 6-for-13 (.462) with five RBI and two doubles. Gillan is one double away from tying for ninth-place all-time for doubles in a season.
· During his 2009 postseason campaign, Kyle Fleming is batting .429 (6-for-14) with three RBI, three runs and two doubles.
· Chuck Opachich’s four-game hitting streak came to an end. Opachich previously had a 27-game hitting streak earlier this season.
· Today’s loss was just the first loss of the season for the Dolphins at a neutral site.
Jacksonville falls to 11-4 versus in-state
opponents over its last 15 in-state games and 23-13 after a win.