Baseball2009 NCAA Men's College World Series
NCAA Gainesville Regional
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
Game 5 – Miami (Fla.) 4, Jacksonville 0
Junior right-hander David Gutierrez tossed a complete game shutout as No. 2 seed Miami advanced to the NCAA Gainesville Regional Championship Game with a 4-0 win over third-seeded Jacksonville Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
Miami (38-21) will now face No. 1 seed Florida Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. If the Hurricanes win Sunday night against the Gators, UM and UF will play again on Monday to decide the Regional Championship. Sunday night's game will be televised live on Sun Sports.
Gutierrez (4-6) set career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts. He scattered seven hits and struck out eight while walking just two. He didn't allow a baserunner past second base the final eight innings. The complete game shutout was the first for the Hurricanes since Cesar Carillo accomplished the feat on March 31, 2005 against Oral Roberts.
Jacksonville starter Sean Green (3-3) struck out six in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed three unearned runs in suffering the loss. Kyle Fleming went 2-for-4 for the Dolphins, who end their season 37-22.
A Jacksonville throwing error led to the Hurricanes' first run. After a Ted Blackman single and Martinez walked, a failed pickoff attempt by the catcher allowed Blackman to score, making it 1-0 in the top of the second.
Back-to-back throwing errors in the top of the fifth led to Miami's second run. Nathan Melendres reached second on the first error and Scott Lawson's sacrifice bunt attempt induced another error allowing Melendres to score for a 2-0 Miami lead. Hagerty's RBI single provided UM's third run.
Martinez's RBI double with two outs in the top of the eighth brought around Dave DiNatale - who also had doubled - putting Miami ahead, 4-0.
Miami (Fla.) Post-Game Quotes
Head Coach Jim Morris
“First of all, I have to start talking about our pitcher. David (Gutierrez) threw a great game, which was exactly what we needed. He did a great job against some outstanding JU hitters. We played great defense and it was a huge win. Every pitch, every inning, every game right now will keep you alive. Our team has to play like that and win one game at a time. The pitching was exactly what we needed to come out here today with.”
On David Gutierrez’s performance:
“They have a lot more right-handed hitters in their lineup and we felt that was the best match-up. Like I said earlier, we need to get one win at a time. The name of the game right now is to win each game and stay alive.”
On saving the pitching unit:
“That was big for us because we know we need to ultimately win two games to advance to the Super Regional. David’s was a very important start for us. That was our first complete game of the year. I’m not big on complete games but we needed that out of him today and he really came through.”
#47 David Gutierrez
“Like Coach said, we needed a big performance to save some pitching for the next game. I tried my best, hoped for the best and just let the defense do their jobs.”
On pitching a complete game:
“I didn’t go into today thinking about pitching a complete game but I wanted to get as many innings in for my team as I could. I wanted to save some of our pitchers for the next game. Coach told me going into today to just get as many quality innings as I could.”
#9 Harold Martinez
“David (Gutierrez) threw a great game. We got just enough runs to win the game, but obviously we’d like to hit more. His pitching was awesome and he really pulled through for us this afternoon.”
Jacksonville Post-Game Quotes
Head Coach Terry Alexander
“It’s a simple game; you need to score runs to win and we did not score so that didn’t give us an opportunity to pull out the win. We pitched well enough to win and our defense let us down. We gave up three runs and it should have been 0-0 through about six or seven innings and we could have put some pressure on them a little bit. They played well today and we didn’t. I have to tip my hat to their pitcher, he hit his spots and we didn’t make the adjustments. We had some good things in the game. We pitched out of some jams and made some good pitches against a formidable lineup. We held them down but the three errors and three unearned runs right off the bat really hurt us.”
On Jeremy Gillan’s error:
“That throw just got away from him. Certainly he is a tremendous player and that is not something he does a lot of. I think he possibly felt pressure after that, after he had given up the run. He’s a competitor wanting to try and help his team win. It was unfortunate for him because he’s been such a great competitor for us. I hate to see that throw stick in his mind. It was the kind where if he makes a good throw, we have him, and if he misses the throw, it costs us a run.”
#16 Kyle Fleming
“I thought that they pitched very well, but they were better than us today. They made plays when they needed to and we didn’t. They put the ball in play and we didn’t.”
Miami (Fla.) Post-Game Notes
· Today marks the first NCAA Tournament shutout victory by the Hurricanes since a 7-0 triumph over Ole Miss on June 11, 2006, at the 2006 Oxford Super Regional. Today’s game was the first NCAA Regional shutout for UM since shutting out Florida Atlantic, 1-0, at the 2003 Coral Gables Regional on May 31, 2003. The shutout by Miami marks the first time since a 2-0 win in Coral Gable on May 7, 1999, that the Hurricanes blanked the Dolphins. It’s the first shutout overall by the Hurricanes since beating St. Thomas, 8-0, on March 17 of this year in Coral Gables.
· David Gutierrez threw the first complete-game shutout for the Hurricanes in the postseason since J.D. Cockroft threw a one-hitter against Florida Atlantic on May 31, 2003, as part of the 2003 NCAA Coral Gables Regional. The nine-inning feat was the 34th by the Hurricanes in school history and improves their record to 30-4 when doing so. During the span of his last four games, Gutierrez has a 1.10 earned run average, scattering 14 hits over 16.1 innings pitched, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 17 batters. The career high in innings by the right hander was the first complete-game shutout in any game for Miami since Cesar Carillo went the distance in a 1-0 victory against Oral Roberts on March 31, 2005. The eight strikeouts today were a career high for Gutierrez.
· Miami has now won two games in an NCAA Regional in 15 of the last 16 years.
· Over his last eight games, Jason Haggerty is batting .349 (10-for-29) with 11 RBI, nine runs and four home runs.
· With his single in the eighth, Scott Lawson has now reached base safely in 55 of his 59 games played this year.
· During his last six games, Ted Blackman is 7-for-18 (.389) with four walks, three runs, one RBI and a double.
· With its two runs scored in the fifth inning, the Hurricanes have now outscored their opponents 79 to 26 in the fifth stanza.
· With his single in the third, the shortstop has recorded a hit in 13 of UM’s last 15 games.
Jacksonville Post-Game Notes
· Today marks the first time since losing to North Carolina, 6-0, on June 1, 2007 at the 2007 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional that the Dolphins were shutout in an NCAA Tournament game. The zero runs scored against Miami was the first time since a 2-0 loss in Coral Gable on May 7, 1999, that the Dolphins were shut out by the Hurricanes. It’s also the first time Jacksonville was shut out in any game since losing 10-0 at home against Kennesaw State on May 16, 2008.
· Jacksonville finishes with a 1-2 NCAA Gainesville Regional record. Only two teams in school history (1976 and 1994) have finished with more NCAA Tournament victories.
· Chuck Opachich’s single in the fifth inning gave him 90 hits this season, giving him fourth-place all-time in school history in single-season hits. This postseason, Opachich went 7-for-22 (.318) with seven RBI, three runs and a stolen base.
· Over his last 13 games, Gillan went 17-for-49 (.347) with 14 RBI, six runs, five doubles and two home runs. During his last five games, Gillan was 9-for-21 (.429) with six RBI and three doubles.
· Sean Green went 4.1 innings, allowing just two hits and failing to give up an earned run. It’s the first time since the sophomore went 6.0 innings against East Tennessee State on April 11, 2009, where the left hander did not allow an earned run.
· During JU's 2009 postseason campaign, Kyle Fleming batted .500 (11-for-22) with four runs, three RBI and two doubles.
· Jacksonville finishes the season with 13 saves, tying them with the 1989, 1999 and 2005 squads for eighth-most in a single season in school history.
· The Dolphins finish the season with 450 strikeouts, trailing just the 2001 squad (500) for the most strikeouts in the history of the program.
· Jacksonville falls to 12-5 versus in-state opponents over its last 17 in-state games.