June 19, 2008
Miami misses opportunities in loss to
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – No big hits, no big innings.
Top-seeded Miami had base-runners in each inning,
but scored single runs in the first, seventh and eighth innings
in its 8-3 loss to Stanford.
The Hurricanes were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position,
including 0 for 7 in the first seven innings.
Miami was 5 for 21 with runners on base in the contest.
Miami stranded a runner on third in the top of
the first and the top of the third. The Hurricanes drew a pair
of walks to start the fifth, but could not advance them. Miami
tried to come back late, but stranded two runners in each of the
final three innings. The Hurricanes had the bases loaded with no
outs in the eighth and scored just one. Miami had runners on
second and third with none away in the ninth and failed to
“You’ve got to credit their pitching,” said Miami
head coach Jim Morris. “They threw some big pitches in big
counts. We had some opportunities with one or two outs with guys
on base and we didn’t get them in. This club has been a very
explosive club, so you never give up on them. You always expect
them to get it done, even in the eighth and ninth inning when we
gave a great effort as a team in trying to come back.
“We really haven’t been hot with the bats. We’ve
got a great offensive club. In the middle of the season I felt
like we could beat anybody at any time. We had all cylinders
clicking. We didn’t get it going out here. The team that wins
out here is not necessarily the best record, it’s the team that
This was the eighth time that Miami was held to
three runs or less and the Hurricanes lost five of those