June 6, 2010
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Texas A&M tops Miami,
teams will meet again on Monday
By Christina De Nicola
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Second-seeded Texas A&M staved off two
elimination games Sunday at the Coral Gables Regional at Alex
Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field and live to see another day.
Without a hit through the first three innings and
trailing 3-0, the Aggies scored 11 runs over the next nine outs
to beat top-seeded Miami 11-7 and force a decisive game tomorrow
night at 7.
“I spoke to the players this morning and told
them that we were going to be at the field for 10 hours, so make
sure you get after it and compete,” Texas A&M head coach Rob
Childress said. “It was going to take a heroic effort on
everyone’s part to make sure we finished the day off the right
Closer John Stilson, who threw in the first game
against Dartmouth and tallied more than 120 pitches on the day,
pitched 3.2 scoreless innings of four-hit ball for his 10th save
of the year. He also lowered his ERA to 0.76.
“That was all adrenaline,” Stilson said. “I knew
I had to get the job done for us to go to tomorrow and I just
did what I do out there and had a good day and made the pitches
when I needed to.”
Starter Michael Wacha (9-2) picked up the win for
the Aggies (43-20-1) despite surrendering seven runs on 10 hits
in 5.1 innings.
That included a three-run shot by Harold
Martinez, his 21st of the year, to give the Hurricanes (42-18) a
quick 3-0 lead in the first.
Brodie Greene got things
going for Texas A&M when he collected its first hit on a
stand-up double to left in the fourth. When Joe Patterson
grounded out to second to advance him, Matt Juengel produced an
Adam Smith followed with a two-run homer to tie
the game at 3, his 10th of the season.
But Miami came right back to take a 5-3 lead with
back-to-back blasts from Nathan Melendres and Michael Broad in
the sixth and seventh spots of the lineup.
The pair combined to go 6 for 10 with three
homers, three RBI and four runs.
Poor fielding doomed the Hurricanes in the fifth
when first baseman Scott Lawson dropped a throw from second and
a ball hit off starting pitcher David Gutierrez for an infield
With runners on first and second cleanup hitter
Joe Patterson hit a ball into the gap in right-center to drive
in two and tie the game at 5. Juengel doubled to right and
collected the third straight hit for the Aggies and gave them
their first lead at 6-5
The Aggies then broke the game wide open with a
five-run sixth on just two hits.
Kenny Jackson led off with a walk, Andrew Collazo
was hit by a pitch, Joaquin Hinojosa put down a bunt, Tyler
Naquin doubled, Greene singled and Jeungel homered to deep left.
“Early on in the game I was doing a really good
job keeping the ball down and working my offspeed for strikes,”
said Gutierrez, who dropped to 5-2 on the year. “The fourth
inning I left a couple balls up and I just had to make an
adjustment and I didn’t.”
Miami had its chances, stranding nine runners,
including six over a three-inning span between the fifth and
“We didn’t get those clutch hits that we usually
get in the postseason,” Martinez said.
Motivation shifted for good when Naquin threw out
Scott Lawson from right field as he tried to score from second
in the bottom of the fifth with the score 6-5 in Texas A&M’s
Lawson, who reached on an infield single and went
to second on an error by the shortstop, ran for home on Chris
Pelaez’s single through the hole between second and first.
“Whenever runners are on in big situations I
visualize that part of the game happening and sure enough I saw
it before the play happened,” Naquin said. “There was no doubt
in my mind that I was going to make that throw.”
The winner of tomorrow’s game will head to
Gainesville to face the overall third seed Florida Gators in the
NCAA Super Regional.
“Texas A&M’s got a very good club and we didn’t
play well enough to win. We could’ve pitched better and played
better defense and they outplayed us today,” Miami head coach
Jim Morris said. “Number one we need a crowd tomorrow night.
“This is why we come here, that’s why players
play here, that’s why I coach here, that’s why we come to this
program is because of fan support. We need a packed house