Hello Eye on the U crew, this is Andre Fernandez filling in for Manny today from The Light. Navarro is moving out of his house in Hialeah, so I will be bringing you live updates throughout this beautiful, but extremely hot, day 2 of the Coral Gables Regional.
Just as yesterday, I can only bring you one update per inning due to NCAA blogging rules, but I'll be here viewing comments and can chat during the games.
No. 2 seed Mississippi advanced with a 14-1 thrashing of Bethune-Cookman in the loser's bracket game. The Rebels had 13 hits, including two home runs by Michael Guerrero in a 10-run sixth inning that blew open a close game. Ole Miss will play against Missouri Sunday at noon in an elimination game. Miami will face the winner Sunday at 4 p.m. Below is the inning-by-inning recap of UM's win against Missouri followed by Ole Miss' victory against B-CC.
NO. 1 MIAMI 6, NO. 3 MISSOURI 5
The winner's bracket game featured the nation's No. 1 team against a Missouri squad that blanked Ole Miss 7-0 Friday. The pitching matchup was UM's LHP Chris Hernandez (11-0, 97 Ks, 2.44 ERA) vs. RHP Rick Zagone (2-3, 50 Ks, 4.91 ERA).
1st inning - Miami 1, Missouri 0: Hernandez retired the side in order. Among the highlights was a nice diving stop on a grounder to first by Yonder Alonso for the second out. An RBI single by Ryan Jackson scored Jemille Weeks to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. With runners on first and second, Dennis Raben nearly added to it, but a sharp grounder back up the middle was snared by pitcher Rick Zagone, who threw to 1st to end the inning.
2nd inning - Miami 3, Missouri 0: The inning started sloppy with Sobolewski throwing wide of 1st on a groundball by Tigers' right fielder Jacob Priday. But Hernandez struck out two more and got Steve Gray to ground out to second. Dave DiNatale led off the bottom half with a double off the left field wall. Jason Hagerty and Yasmani Grandal struck out. But then Tekotte ripped a 2-run shot over the right field fence to put UM up 3-0. Weeks followed it with a line drive to right field that got past Priday and rolled to the wall, allowing Weeks to reach third. Alonso grounded out to 1st to end the inning.
3rd inning - Miami 5, Missouri 0: Hernandez walked Greg Folgia and gave up a walk to Ryan Lollis. But he settled down and got Aaron Senne to ground into a fielder's choice and Jacob Priday to ground out to third. Good throw by Sobolewski this time. Ryan Jackson smacked a 2-run home run to left field to extend the lead to 5-0 after a Sobolewski single.
4th inning - Miami 5, Missouri 0: After a leadoff single by Trevor Coleman, UM turned a double play on a grounder by Dan Pietroburgo when the umpire at second ruled Coleman interfered with Weeks' relay throw to 1st. UM did nothing in the bottom half as Grandal and Tekotte each struck out and Weeks flew out to deep right.
5th inning - Miami 5, Missouri 3: Four consecutive singles by Missouri helped them get back in the game. Kyle Mach, Greg Folgia, Ryan Lollis and Aaron Senne each had hits to drive in two runs. Then a ground out fielder's choice by Jacob Priday allowed another run to score. UM threatened in the bottom half when Alonso walked and Jackson singled, but Raben and DiNatale flew out to end the inning.
6th inning - Miami 5, Missouri 3: Another double play bailed UM out of some trouble. Tigers shortstop Andrew Thigpen grounded into the 6-4-3 double play after a single by Dan Pietroburgo. Jason Hagerty almost got a hold of a pitch in the bottom half, but it was caught near the wall in right by Jacob Priday. Grandal reached base on a fielding error by first baseman Steve Gray, but was picked off by Nick Tepesch at first base. Tekotte then flew out to center.
7th inning - Miami 5, Missouri 3: Kyle Mach reached on a bunt single and a batter later, Ryan Lollis singled to give Missouri two runners on with one out. Hernandez struck out Aaron Senne, but the ball got away from Grandal allowing runners to move to 2nd and 3rd. Jim Morris brought in Kyle Bellamy. Bellamy got Priday to line out to short. Hernandez's line -- 6 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 3 runs (all earned), 1 walk, 8 Ks, 112 pitches. Weeks walked to start bottom of 7th, Alonso grounded into fielder's choice. Sobolewski struck out. Jackson grounded to 1st.
8th inning - Miami 6, Missouri 5: The Tigers tie it on a two-run home run by first baseman Steve Gray off Bellamy. Trevor Coleman scored on the blast after leading off the inning with a double. With two outs and a runner at 1st, Morris brought in closer Carlos Gutierrez, who got Greg Folgia to hit a grounder back to him to end the inning. Right-hander Kyle Gibson (9-2, 3.40 ERA, 2nd best on team) enters for Missouri on the mound. Raben hit a blooper to left ball bounced out of Senne's glove, but umpire ruled it never hit ground and Raben was called out. DiNatale walked on the next at-bat and Adan Severino came up with a huge pinch-hit single to right field to give UM runners at 1st and 3rd with one out. Yaz Grandal belted the first pitch from Gibson opposite field for a single to left to score DiNatale and give UM a 6-5 lead. Tekotte flew out to left and Weeks flew out to right.
Final - Miami 6, Missouri 5: Carlos Gutierrez closed it up. Lollis grounded out back to pitcher. Senne struck out swinging (called on check swing by 3rd base umpire). Priday struck out swinging. Miami moves on and is in the driver's seat Sunday at 4 p.m. awaiting the winner of the Mizzou-Ole Miss rematch.
NO. 2 MISSISSIPPI 14, NO. 4 BETHUNE-COOKMAN 1
The first elimination game of the Coral Gables Regional featured a matchup between Ole Miss' lefty Drew Pomeranz vs. Bethune-Cookman lefty Joseph Gautier.
1st inning - Ole Miss 1, Bethune-Cookman 0: After Gautier gave up a leadoff walk to Ole Miss right fielder Jordan Henry, designated hitter Fuller Smith bunted him over to 2nd. Left fielder Logan Power looped a single over Wildcats' second baseman Mark Brooks' glove that allowed Henry to score the first run of the game. Gautier limited the damage, by getting third baseman Cody Overbeck to ground into a double play. Bethune center fielder Jose Ortiz reached base on a bunt single to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ortiz, however, was caught stealing at second by Ole Miss catcher Brett Basham. Right fielder Justin Hoyte reached on a walk. After shortstop Jose Lozada flied out to deep left field, first baseman Osvaldo Torres lined a single up the middle to give BCC runners at first and second. But designated hitter Chris Brown flied out to left again to end the inning.
2nd inning - Ole Miss 1, Bethune-Cookman 1: Gautier retired Ole Miss center fielder Michael Guerrero, first baseman Matt Smith and second baseman Zach Miller on a fly out, strikeout and fly out. In the bottom of the inning, third baseman Emmanuel Castro lined a double to left field that Ole Miss' Logan Power could only get the tip of his glove on as it carried past him to the wall. But catcher Drew Clark's sacrifice bunt rolled sharply to Pomeranz who threw Castro out at third. Second baseman Mark Brooks followed with a single to right field. Left fielder Patrick Jones grounded into a fielder's choice that moved Brooks to third. Center fielder Jose Ortiz tied the game with a single to right field. Justin Hoyte struck out to end the inning.
3rd inning - Ole Miss 2, Bethune-Cookman 1: The Rebels struck back with a double by Jordan Henry that he hit down the left field line and made an extra base hit by beating the throw to 2nd. Fuller Smith singled to right field to give Ole Miss a 2-1 lead. Logan Power flew out to center to end the inning. Drew Pomeranz struck out Jose Lozada, walked Osvaldo Torres, then struck out Chris Brown and Emmanuel Castro. Looks like he's settling down.
4th inning - Ole Miss 3, Bethune-Cookman 1: Bethune shortstop Jose Lozada's high throw to first allowed Michael Guerrero to reach first and it cost them a run. On the next at-bat, Matt Smith roped a double to the right center field gap that scored Guerrero to give Ole Miss a 3-1 lead. Zach Miller grounded into a double play - the second turned so far by the Wildcats today. Pomeranz retired Bethune in order in the bottom half, striking out Mark Brooks and Patrick Jones.
5th inning - Ole Miss 3, Bethune-Cookman 1: Gautier retired the side in order in the top of the inning on a fly out and two ground outs. Jose Ortiz led off the bottom half with a double to right field. Justin Hoyte singled to left, moving Ortiz to third. Drew Pomeranz struck out Jose Lozada for the inning's first out, but was lifted from the game in favor of right-hander Jake Morgan (4-0, 3.76 ERA coming in). Torres got Osvaldo Torres to line out to third base for the second out. Hoyte stole second, and Chris Brown walked to load the bases with 2 outs. But Emmanuel Castro grounded into a fielder's choice at shortstop to end the inning.
6th inning - Ole Miss 13, Bethune-Cookman 1: Where do I start? A 10-run explosion by the Rebels. The big highlight was two, that's right, TWO home runs in the inning by center fielder Michael Guerrero. The first was a 3-run shot that stayed a few feet fair to left field and came after Logan Power and Cody Overbeck walked and singled respectively to lead off the inning. The second capped the inning, a two-run shot almost to the same spot that scored Power. Bethune starter Joseph Gautier was knocked out after the first home run and the Wildcats went through three pitchers in the inning, (Roman Lancara, Phil Enright). Among the other highlights were a two-run single by Fuller Smith, an RBI double by Power, and an RBI single by Overbeck. In the bottom half, Bethune was retired in order. Unlike the high school baseball I'm used to, there is no mercy rule.
7th inning - Ole Miss 13, Bethune-Cookman 1: Joseph Munoz restored some control for the Wildcats retiring Miller, Ferguson and Basham in order. But B-CC didn't score either as Ole Miss reliever Phillip Irwin (2-1, 6.14 ERA) struck out the top of the order (Ortiz, Hoyte, Lozada).
8th inning - Ole Miss 14, Bethune Cookman 1: After getting the first two batters out, Cody Overbeck hit his team-leading 16th home run - a solo blast - to left field that landed on the track behind Mark Light Field. Osvaldo Torres led off the bottom of the inning with a single, but was stranded.
Final - Ole Miss 14, Bethune-Cookman 1: Mercy as three Ole Miss pinch hitters were retired in order in the top half of the inning. The Wildcats were then retired in order as well. Ole Miss 14 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors, B-CC 1 run, 8 hits, 2 errors. B-CC finishes season 36-22.