June 2, 2012
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UCF 9, #4 Stony Brook 8
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By David Furones
College Baseball Insider
GABLES, Fla. –The
game was over as soon as it got started.
seven-run first inning for No. 3 seed Missouri State let the
proverbial floodgates open and sealed Miami’s fate. The No. 1
seed Hurricanes became the first team sent home in the very
Regional they were hosting, going down to the Bears 12-2
Saturday at Alex Rodriguez Park.
get the seven in the first, obviously that relaxes everybody a
great deal,” Missouri State coach Keith Guttin (left) said.
“We’ve been a team all year where if we get four or five runs,
we’ve been very successful. So to get out to a seven-run,
nine-run lead really made us feel really good.”
runs Missouri State (40-21) posted on the board fell two shy of
its season high. Clean-up man Keenen Maddox had a 3-for-4 day
with four RBI and two runs.
were hyped,” Maddox said. “We didn’t want to stop scoring.”
Chaffin, Kevin Medrano and Brent Seifert also had multi-hit
games for the Bears, who came into Regional play with 159
multi-hit games from their players this season.
Missouri State starter Pierce Johnson, who, with a 2.55 earned
run average and a 3-6 record, has struggled to get run support
all year, received a pleasant surprise in the 7-spot he saw on
the board as he took the hill for the second inning.
was definitely nice,” Johnson said. “I haven’t had it all year.
So it was fun to actually go out there and try to establish my
pitches. I had a little leeway so I could just focus on throwing
Johnson ended up throwing eight innings, giving up just two runs
off six hits, striking out seven and walking two to earn the
victory against the Canes (36-23).
Johnson finished his outing retiring 17 of the last 18 batters
trying to establish my fastball, and I was leaving it up a
little bit,” Johnson said. “So I had to go to my breaking ball
and tried to keep them off-balance really.”
first-inning rally started with one out when Medrano dropped a
bunt down the third-base line to get on. After a Seifert walk,
clean-up hitter Maddox drove them both home on a double down the
a Luke Voit walk and a Chaffin bunt base hit, Derek Mattea and
Joey Hawkins both hit RBI singles to make it a 4-0 ball game.
Then Brett Marshall drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Spiker
Helms brought home another with a base hit, and a seventh run
scored on a passed ball.
starter Steven Ewing did not make it through that first inning.
The seven runs (six of which were earned) were all charged to
him as he gave up six hits and two walks in his 0.2 innings.
two teams exchanged two-run innings in the bottom of the second
and top of the third. Then Miami coach Jim Morris, desperate to
stay in the game with nothing left to play for after Saturday,
opted to go with starter Eric Whaley in relief.
dueled with Johnson at first, retiring the first six batters he
faced and holding the Bears offense scoreless for three frames,
but the top of the Missouri State lineup got to him for three
runs in the sixth before Whaley made his exit.
Miami’s struggles fielding bunts in its 10-2 loss to Stony
Brook, Missouri State did plenty of bunting to ignite its early
offense Saturday, although Guttin said there was no correlation
with the number of bunts and the opponent.
didn’t see [yesterday’s game], honestly,” Guttin said. “We don’t
play the opponent. We play the game. Whatever the game dictates
offensively, we’re going to do.”
Miami, a team that hit .259 on the season, the worst batting
average the program has posted since 1970, it’s nightmare of a
postseason finally came to an end.
the first time the Canes went two-and-out in postseason play
Hurricanes lost to the 3- and 4-seeds in their Regional by a
combined 18 runs over their two days of postseason activity.
discouraging end for us,” said Miami coach Jim Morris, who has
made it to more College World Series than any other coach since
he took over at Miami in 1994. “When you come and host, you like
to think that you have a good chance to win as a No. 1 seed.
of thoughts going through my head right now, but No. 1, we have
to figure out how to get Miami baseball back to where Miami
baseball has been for many years.”
Bears’ trip to South Florida was extended for at least one more
day as they now prepare to face the loser of the UCF-Stony Brook
game for another elimination game.
Miami, the road team for Saturday’s action,
appeared to get off to a good start in the top of the first. The
first two batters got on with base hits, but Bears center
fielder Spiker Helms threw out Stephen Perez as he tried to go
first to third on a Chantz Mack base hit. Two strikeouts later,
Pierce Johnson was able to get out of the inning.
Miami lost Saturday in much different fashion
than it did to Stony Brook Friday. After committing three errors
Friday, Miami went without an error against Missouri State. “We
didn’t make mistakes today. We played good defense,” Morris
said. “I’d rather lose the way we lost today then the way we
lost yesterday. Today we got beat. Missouri State played an
“We’re very spoiled,” Morris said, responding to
a question about fans wanting him ousted. “We’re expected to get
to Omaha every year.”
Morris pointed to a lack of strong recruiting
classes as killing him over the years. Several committed players
have gone high in the draft and opted to go the professional
Missouri State will go with Cody Schumacher
Sunday against the loser of UCF and Stony Brook in another
(photo courtesy of
MSU Media Relations Office)