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St. Clair, Cox corral Miami
In Omaha, Neb.,
closer turned starter Cole St. Clair tossed five splendid innings, and new-found
closer Bryce Cox worked out of a ninth-inning jam as Rice stayed unbeaten by
edging Miami 3-2 at the College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium Monday night.
St. Clair (7-2)
struck out six and walked two, allowing only three hits and one unearned run in
five innings in only his second career start.
Cox allowed one-out
singles to Jemile Weeks (4 for 5, run) and Tommy Giles (2 for 4) in the ninth.
With runners on first and third, Cox struck out Jon Jay on a check swing, a call
by third-base umpire Joe Burleson that got Hurricanes coach Jim Morris ejected.
Cox then struck out Danny Valencia on a slider to send the Owls (57-11) to a
date Wednesday against the winner of Miami (42-23) and Oregon State.
Rice staked St.
Clair to a 2-0 lead in the first when Tyler Henley (2 for 4) ripped the third
pitch of the game for a homer. Joe Savery added a sacrifice fly off Danny Gil
(4-3), another reliever turned starter. Kenny Ford later added a RBI grounder in
the fourth for the Owls’ only other run.
The Hurricanes took
advantage of a pair of errors in the third to cut their deficit to 2-1. After
Jay drove in a run with a grounder to second, St. Clair got Valencia to bounce
into a double play to end the inning. Miami closed to 3-2 in the seventh when
Valencia drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, but Cox, who tossed the final 2.2
innings, got Dennis Raben to ground out to end the inning.