June 8, 2010
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Delays to Oust Aggies
By Christina De Nicola
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - It took two days and two rain delays that totaled
three hours and six minutes to decide the winner of the Coral
With a one-run game in the fifth, Miami produced
six runs following a second delay to beat Texas A&M 10-3 Tuesday
afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
When play resumed in the bottom of the second on
Tuesday, starter Eric Whaley stayed on the mound and gave up
consecutive singles to the second-seeded Aggies.
But Caleb Shofner was thrown out at the plate
when Chris Pelaez’s throw from right was cut off by Scott Lawson
and thrown to Yasmani Grandal for the tag at home.
“I think it was huge coming out of last night,”
Texas A&M shortstop Brodie Greene said. “We had two runs scored
and all the momentum and right out of the box today. That play
kind of set us back and evened out the momentum threat in the
After that play the Hurricanes (43-18) outscored
the Aggies (43-21-1) 7-1.
Chris Hernandez (10-3), who was taken in the
seventh round of the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and started
on Saturday, earned the victory with two scoreless innings of
“I felt great. I was out there and was able to
get the job done for as long as I could for my team,” Hernandez
said. “I just wanted to help us out somehow and I was able to do
Miami head coach Jim Morris, however, said that
Sam Robinson was the team’s MVP of the game for his 4.1 innings
He allowed just one run, in the ninth, and struck
“I was excited to go in because I hadn’t pitched
all weekend, so getting this opportunity to go out there and
pitch, I was really excited for it,” Robinson said. “Having the
opportunity to go 4-plus innings, I’ve never done that before.”
The Hurricanes picked up their first three runs
with the benefit of just two hit thanks to a total of eight
walks issued by Texas A&M pitching.
Play was halted yet again after Frankie Ratcliff
reached first on a strikeout on a pitch that got away and Lawson
and Grandal each walked with no outs in the fifth.
When play resumed Harold Martinez picked up an
RBI on a groundout to make it 4-2.
Barrett Loux, who was drafted sixth overall by
the Arizona Diamondbacks, gave up three runs in the sixth on
three hits, including a two-run double by Grandal and RBI double
“I didn’t see it as a battle. I’ve faced good
pitching all year, so the better you throw them out there the
better I hit, the better I get,” Grandal said. “He’s a great
pitcher. He has great stuff. I guess I was the lucky one who
came out on top today. I’m sure I’ll see him down the road
either in the minor leagues or the major leagues.”
Grandal, who was drafted
12th overall by the Cincinnati Reds, came into the game with
just three hits and no RBI.
He finished the game 1 for 3 with a double, two
walks and two RBI.
“We just didn’t play well enough to win. I wish
we had pitched better,” Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said.
“When you’re playing catch-up like we did after we fell apart,
it made it tough on us because Robinson did a nice job of
The Canes produced their second consecutive
three-run inning in the seventh on an RBI single by Stephen
Perez, a two-base error by the pitcher and a wild pitch to make
the score 10-2.
Before play was called on Monday, Miami got on
the board without the benefit of a hit in the first to take a
1-0 lead when Ross Stripling encountered control issues as he
walked the first two batters.
Ten of his first pitches were for balls.
Martinez, who drove in a game-high three runs,
grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Ratcliff.
Michael Broad picked up the Hurricanes’ first hit
with a single to left in the second, stole a base and moved over
to third on a wild pitch.
After a two-out walk to Zeke DeVoss, Ratcliff,
plugged into the leadoff spot and up for the second consecutive
inning, produced a two-run single to center to give Miami a 3-0
The Aggies came back with two unearned runs of
their own when Matt Juengel surprised the Hurricane defense with
a bunt and Martinez threw the ball out of play for a two-base
error, his first of two in the game.
Following a wild pitch Kevin Gonzalez doubled to
right to score Juengel, and Shofner, the eighth batter, blooped
a single that stayed fair down the right-field line to make it
Miami advances to the Gainesville Super Regional
to play the third overall seed Florida Gators.
“Florida came in and beat us two out of three.
They’ve got an outstanding club so we have something to prove.
We’ll be a challenge for those guys,” Morris said. “They’ve got
good power arms. I think we’re a better club now than when we
faced them early in the season. It seems like last year it’s
been so long.”
P- Chris Hernandez UM)
P- John Stilson (Texas A&M)
1B- Scott Lawson (UM)
2B- Frankie Ratcliff (UM)
3B- Harold Martinez (UM)
SS- Brodie Greene (Texas A&M)
OF- Chris Pelaez (UM)
OF-Nathan Melendres (UM)
OF- Sam Bean (Dartmouth)
DH- Michael Broad (UM)
MVP- Scott Lawson (UM)