June 5, 2010
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Lawson leads Hurricanes
By Christina De Nicola
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Last year Scott Lawson waited for the call saying
he was selected in the MLB Draft, but it never came.
Despite a season in which he led the team in hits
(75), doubles (21) and stolen bases (10) with a .333 average and
made the All-ACC Second Team, the transfer from Grayson
Community College in Texas didn’t get picked.
Two days before the draft Lawson turned in a
career performance as Miami routed Texas A&M 14-1 Saturday night
at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Lawson went 4 for 6 with three home runs and six
RBI as the top-seeded Hurricanes (42-17) collected 20 hits.
“It was fun playing someone from
It’s always exciting,” Lawson said. “I was just trying to be
aggressive early in the count and put some good swings on the
Every starter had at least one hit and batters
seven through nine reached base nine times.
“It’s very important to know that the other guys
in the lineup can do it and they really have,” head coach Jim
Morris said. “A lot of guys got some big hits for us these two
Of Miami’s 14 runs, 10 came with two outs. The
Canes’ offense scored in each of the first five innings to take
an early 13-0 lead.
Miami’s ace, Chris Hernandez (9-3), pitched six
scoreless innings of three-hit ball before a two-hour and
28-minute rain delay forced him to exit.
It was Hernandez’s first career postseason
victory in three seasons at UM.
Until Caleb Shofner’s single in the fifth, he had
retired 12 of 13 batters since Brodie Greene’s single in the
“I felt like I could’ve gone all nine today,”
Hernandez said. “I felt good, I felt like I was throwing
everything for strikes. I felt strong.”
For the second-seeded Aggies (41-20-1), Ross
Stripling (6-4) suffered a hitting barrage by allowing six runs
on eight hits in three innings.
“I had trouble throwing curveballs early and it
seemed like when I threw a fastball it found a hole,” Stripling
Things got started in the top of the first when
Lawson blasted his first homer, a solo shot to right, as the
Texas A&M had a scoring chance in the bottom of
the inning, but stranded runners at second and third when Matt
Juengel grounded out to Lawson for the third out.
“We had our opportunity in the first inning and
we didn’t do that and we don’t get another chance until the
eighth inning,” Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said.
With two outs in the second, the bottom of the
order got it done for the Canes.
Nathan Melendres scored on an RBI single by
Stephen Perez, who finished with three hits and four RBI, and
the ninth batter, Frankie Ratcliff, drove him in from first with
a triple to center.
Perez came up big for the second consecutive
inning with two outs and the bases loaded with an RBI single.
Chris Pelaez and Lawson each blasted three-run
shots to extend the lead to 13-0 in the fourth and fifth,
respectively. Perez added a homer to right in the ninth.
Miami will await the winner of the elimination
game between Texas A&M and fourth-seeded Dartmouth (27-8).
“It’s a huge win in this tournament. It’s the
biggest win you get at this point other than the final one to
advance,” Morris said. “Our guys played very well. As a team we
played really well. We pitched well. We played good solid
defense and we swung the bat good.”