June 17, 2008
Big off the Bench
Erickson, Hagerty help Miami stop Florida
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – You have to have a strong
bench to advance in the postseason.
Miami starter David Gutierrez took a line drive
off his right shoulder against the first batter of the second
inning and was forced to leave the contest.
Sophomore Eric Erickson came in with his team
trailing 1-0. The left-hander was outstanding in relief. He
worked five innings and allowed eight hits and two walks, but
only one run in earning the victory. He struck out six,
including four looking.
“FSU is a phenomenal hitting team,” Erickson
said. “They’re going to be on base every inning. I don’t mind
pitching with runners on base and I was fortunate to make my
Erickson got in trouble, but worked his way out.
The Seminoles had two on with one out and the bases loaded with
two outs in the third, but did not score. They again had two on
and one out in the fifth and came away empty.
“It was a credit to Eric,” said Miami head coach
Jim Morris, “pitching in a bunch of clutch situations. They
out-hit us, but we got them when they counted and that’s the
Jason Hagerty was on the bench when the game
started, but pinch-hit in the fifth and popped out. He batted
again in the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs and
rapped a two-run single to left to give the Hurricanes a 6-2
“I got turned around right-handed,” Hagerty said.
“I was looking for something out over the plate. I was trying to
stay short, not do too much with it. I knew they were throwing a
lot of breaking balls with runners in scoring position, but I
was still sitting on a fastball on the outer half. He threw it
to me first pitch and just tried not to do too much and get a
little base hit.”
It turned out to be a big base hit, as the
Hurricanes held on for the 7-5 victory.