June 7, 2008
Arizona Blasts Past Miami
Three-run shot is winner in 11th
By Christina De Nicola
The Miami Hurricane
Christina De Nicola is the assistant sports editor for The
Miami Hurricane, the school paper at the University of Miami.
Going into only her sophomore year, she has already covered the
No. 1 baseball team in the country and national champion divers.
Christina also arguably claims to be the biggest Florida Marlins
fan (yes there are some out there) and started four years for
her high school softball team where she made all county.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Before Friday night’s game, Miami held
a perfect 8-0 record when hosting a Super Regional.
Colt Sedbrook started a two-out rally in the top of the 11th
when he was hit by a pitch and Brad Glenn singled to left to put
runners at first and second to set up Jon Gaston’s 12th long
ball of the season that went off the light pole in right to give
Arizona a 6-3 lead it would hold onto.
“The emotion is unreal,” Gaston (right) said. “[It is] by far the
biggest ever hit- in a Super Regional against a great team like
Miami. It’s an exciting feeling.”
Arizona’s (42-17) bullpen combined to go 6.2 shutout innings
after starter Preston Guilmet was pulled in just 4.1 as Jason
Stoffel improved his record to 4-2 with three hitless innings of
Closer Carlos Gutierrez (5-3) took the loss for the Canes by
giving up the three-run homer. He had taken over for reliever
Kyle Bellamy who pitched 2.2 scoreless innings and finished his
final six batters via strikeouts. Chris Hernandez, a finalist
for The Roger Clemens Award, went 6.1 and gave up three runs on
“What a great college baseball game,” Wildcat head coach Andy
Lopez said. “That’s a great one to win, bad one to lose.”
Extra innings didn’t seem necessary back in the bottom of the
After a leadoff double to deep center by Dennis Raben when T.J.
Steele got turned around on the ball, pinch runner Jonathan
Weislow entered the game at second. After Blake Tekotte stared
at strike three, Jemile Weeks, the 12th overall pick in the MLB
Draft, was hit by a pitch to bring up Yonder Alonso, the seventh
selection, with one out. Alonso belted a line drive into right
center, but the ball was caught by Steele who doubled up Weislow
as he was rounding third.
“I put some good bat on it and I thought it was going to drop,”
Alonso said. “We hit a lot of balls all night hard and it’s just
part of the game. Sometimes you have to play small ball and it
Miami (50-9) went 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and
didn’t score after the third inning. The number four and five
hitters failed to reach base and struck out three times.
Seven runners were stranded by the offense in the fifth, sixth
and seventh innings combined as reliever Ryan Perry came in with
two runners already on for the Canes in the fifth. His upper 90s
fastball breezed by both Weeks and Mark Sobolewski, who left the
bases loaded and failed to extend the 3-2 lead. In the sixth,
Raben’s magical Mohawk helped him to a one-out double deep to
straight away center and Dave DiNatale followed with a walk.
However, neither could be brought home by Adan Severino or
“I knew once I started pitching they were going to have to
extend me,” Perry said. “I made a few mistakes and they just
Those five left on base in the fifth and six came back to haunt
Miami as Glenn led off with a single to start the seventh and
advanced to both second and third on a ball blocked by Grandal
and wild pitch thrown by Bellamy. Glenn easily scored on
Steele’s third RBI of the game, a single to left with two outs
and two strikes to tie the game up at three.
In the top of the second, Hernandez faced trouble when he walked
Gaston on five pitches. The next batter C.J. Ziegler hit into a
fielder’s choice that should’ve been an easy double play had
shortstop Ryan Jackson’s throw not bounced. It left Alonso
seeking assistance from both the trainer and head coach Jim
Morris. Steele took advantage of the misplay and jacked a
two-run shot deep over the left field wall for an early 2-0
“We came in knowing that the left-handed pitcher threw cutters
and I sat on it and hit it,” Steele said.
The Canes came back in the bottom of the third with a run of
their own when Severino led off with his seventh double of the
season, which barely stayed fair past first base as a fan
scooped the ball up with what could’ve been a triple. The ninth
batter Grandal moved Severino over on a groundout and Tekotte
got an RBI when he hit a ball to the second baseman.
“This was a big win for these guys and I’m real proud of this
group,” Lopez said. “We still have another one or two to get out
of this thing.”
Tomorrow’s start time for the second game of the Super Regional
is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. The
scheduled pitching matchup is between Miami’s Eric Erickson
(8-1, 4.13 ERA) and Arizona’s David Coulon (8-3, 3.54 ERA).
“The bottom line is our guys played really hard, hit pretty
hard,” Morris said. “I’m confident we can come back tomorrow and
battle those guys.”