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Day 1: Canes win 7-4

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OK, Missouri took care of business against Mississippi 7-0 behind a three-hit shutout from Aaron Crow. Now, your No. 1-ranked Canes are scheduled to start on time at 4 p.m. I'll be here to blog throughout.

NO. 1 MIAMI (47-8) vs. No. 4 BETHUNE-COOKMAN (36-20)
- Bethune-Cookman has won three consecutive MEAC titles, but is still looking for more postseason wins. The Wildcats are 1-16 all-time in regional play with their lone victory coming against FIU in 2002. Today they'll send right-hander Hiram Burgos (9-1) to the mound. Burgos, who has the nation's second lowest ERA (1.20), suffered his only loss against UM on March 26.

Bethunecookman_logo1st inning - Miami 0, Bethune-Cookman 0: Enrique Garcia got the first two batters he face to line out to the outfield before walking Jose Lozada, who stole second. But Garcia got out of the jam by striking out Osvaldo Torres looking. Burgos then retired the Canes in order.

Um_logo2nd inning - Bethune-Cookman 2, Miami 0: The Wildcats didn't come to South Florida to stay close with anybody -- that's for sure. Bethune-Cookman plates two runs, the first on a fielder's choice and then a two-out RBI single by No. 9-hitter Patrick Jones. The inning ends when right fielder Dennis Raben saves Yonder Alonso (who made an error) by throwing out a runner at second. Bethune-Cookman had the third run of the inning heading for home when shortstop Ryan Jackson applied the tag. Burgos, meanwhile, continues to roll along in the bottom half of the inning. He gets Mark Sobolewski to ground out to the mound, Jackson to ground out to second and Dennis Raben swinging.

3rd inning - Miami 4, Bethune-Cookman 2: Garcia and the Canes get a much needed 1-2-3 inning, retiring the Wildcats' 2-3-4 hitters in order. But Osvaldo Torres took him to the warning track on the last out. And then... the bottom of the order gets it started for the Canes. After back-to-back singles by Dave DiNatale and Adan Severino, the Wildcats get sloppy on defense. A botched ball by centerfielder Jose Ortiz on Severino's single allows DiNatale to run for third. The relay by shortstop Lozada then skirts by third baseman Emmanuel Castro and into the Canes' dugout, allowing DiNatale to score and Severino to reach third. Yasmani Grandal then brings Severino home on a groundout to short to tie the score at 2. Blake Tekotte keeps the rally going with a double down the right field line. Jemile Weeks appeared to have another one, but was robbed on a great running catch by Wildcats right fielder Neal Jones on the warning track. After an intentional walk to Yonder Alonso (his 65th walk of the season), Alonso stole second before Mark Sobolewski singled passed a diving Lozada for a two-run single.

4th inning - Miami 4, Bethune-Cookman 2: The Wildcats get Emmanuel Castro to reach base on a bunt single. He advances to second, but gets stranded when Garcia fields a bunt and throws Brooks out to end the top half of the inning. Miami got Dave DiNatale on base when he was hit by a pitch and two fielder's choices later Adan Severino was standing on second. But Burgos was able to get Tekotte to ground out to short to end the inning.

5th inning - Miami 4, Bethune-Cookman 2: Patrick Jones opened with a bunt single for Bethune and advanced to second on a passed ball. But Garcia struckout the next two batters and Lozada ended the inning with a groundout to shortstop. Yonder Alonso started the bottom half of the fifth with a one-out single to right. After Ryan Jackson walked, Torres made a nice grab down the first baseline on a shot by Raben to end the Canes' threat.

6th inning - Miami 5, Bethune-Cookman 4: The Wildcats had runners on first and second with two outs and Brooks at the plate with a 3-2 count when Mark Brooks laced a standup triple to the right-center field wall. UM coach Jim Morris went to the mound and took Garcia out and replaced him with Kyle Bellamy. But Bellamy gets out of the jam when he fields a bunt back to the mound and throws Jones out at first base. Miami gets a run back in the bottom half of the inning off Lamar Thomas' younger brother Eric Thomas (9-0, 2.04 ERA). Dave DiNatale opens the inning with a single to center and then gets brought home following a sacrifice bunt and a Yasmani Grandal RBI single to left. Miami loads the bases on Thomas with two outs, but he gets out of the jam, rallying from a 3-1 count to strike out Mark Sobolewski.

7th inning - Miami 7, Bethune-Cookman 4: Jose Ortiz opens the seventh with a leadoff single to center for the Wildcats and reaches second on a sacrifice bunt. After Lozada flew out to left for the second out, Ortiz reached third on a wild pitch by Bellamy. Following a walk to Torres, pitching coach J.D. Arteaga goes to the mound to talk to Bellamy. Whatever he said works as the Canes get out of trouble when Bellamy gets Neal Jones to swing and miss at strike three.
- The bottom of the seventh opens with Ryan Jackson taking a fastball in the back. After Dennis Raben chases a pitch outside for strike three, a ball gets away from B-C catcher Drew Clark allowing Jackson to advance to second base. Two pitches later, Dave DiNatale rallies from a 1-2 count to draw a walk. After pitching one ball to Grandal, B-C coach Mervyl Menendez takes Thomas out of the game and replaces him with left-hander Christopher Chapman (2-3, 5.34 ERA). Grandal switches sides to bat right-handed and strikes out looking. And then... Mark Light Stadium finally exhales. Blake Tekotte bloops a two-run single to give the Canes a 7-4 lead and some breathing room. The inning ends when Jemile Weeks (0-5) pops out to first.

8th inning - Miami 7, Bethune-Cookman 4: The Wildcats open the eight with a leadoff single by Emmanuel Castro, but leave him stranded at first after Kyle Bellamy strikes out the next two batters before Jones singles up the middle. But the inning ends with a groundout to second. Miami puts a runner on and moves him to third with two outs. But Raben can't beat B-C's first baseman to the bag on a groundout and the inning goes by scoreless.

9th inning - Miami 7, Bethune-Cookman 4: The Canes end the day with a victory as Carlos Gutierrez picked up his 12th save of the season by facing only four batters. Miami (48-8) will play Missouri (39-19) tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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No. 2 MISSOURI (38-19) vs. No. 3 MISSISSISSIPPI (37-24)
- Mississippi at one point this season was 9-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country behind UM. Then, they collapsed before rallying to qualify for the SEC tournament and finishing runner-up to LSU.
- Missouri is making its sixth straight regional appearance after finishing fourth in the Big 12 conference and going 1-2 in the conference tournament.

Missouri_p_aaron_crow1st inning - Missouri 1, Ole Miss 0: Crow mowed down the Rebels in order 1-2-3 in the top of the first. The Tigers then had their first three base runners reach on a walk, single and hit by pitch before Jacob Priday bounced into a fielder's choice to drive in Greg Foglia in with the game's first run. But Mississippi starter Lance Lynn battled back to get out of the inning, striking out Steve Gray looking before Jonah Schmidt bounced out to short to end the inning.

2nd inning - Missouri 1, Ole Miss 0: Another 1-2-3 inning for Crow in the top of the second. He's got two strikeouts now. In the bottom of the inning, Lynn settles down and retires the Tigers in order. We're going to the third inning.

3rd inning - Missouri 1, Ole Miss 0: Crow finally allows a runner to reach base on a walk, but quickly retires the next three hitters. Ryan Lollis opens the bottom of the inning with a single (he's the only player on either team with a hit) and steals second with two outs. But Lynn gets out of trouble when he strikes out Trevor Coleman looking to end the inning.

4th inning - Missouri 1, Ole Miss 0: Mississippi cleanup hitter Cody Overbeck breaks up Crow's no-hit bid with two outs when he reaches on a slow dribbler to second base. Mississippi doesn't do anything with the base runner, though. Lynn has now retired six in a row -- four are strikeouts.

5th inning - Missouri 4, Ole Miss 0: Second baseman Zach Miller reaches on a 1-out single to right, but gets stranded. This bottom of the inning is where the action takes place. After No. 9 hitter Kyle Mach leads off with a bloop double  (Ole Miss shortstop Tim Ferguson misplayed a Texas leaguer), Missouri puts runners on first and third when Lollis picks up his third hit of the day with a single to left. Aaron Senne then brings both of those players in with a double to right-center field. One pitch later, Priday singles to right field to make it 4-0 Mizzou.

6th inning - Missouri 4, Ole Miss 0: Even when things look like they might go well for Ole Miss, they don't. After Jordan Henry opens the inning with a single off Crow, he gets doubled up on a failed hit and run when Fuller Smith lines out to third. The top half of the inning ends when Crow strikes out Michael Guerrero with runners on first and second. Missouri gets a runner on in the bottom half when Andrew Thigpen singles, but Ole Miss catcher Brett Basham throws him out on an attempted steal at second (Basham has thrown out two runners now).

7th inning - Missouri 7, Ole Miss 0: Ole Miss gets runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs, but Crow struckout Jordan Henry to end the threat. Lollis then starts the bottom of the seventh with his fourth hit of the game. Lynn ends up getting pulled a batter later, leaving with 6 1/3 inning, 9-hit, four earned run effort. Two batters later, Trevor Coleman makes it 7-0 Missouri when he smacks a three-run home run to right center field.

8th inning - Missouri 7, Ole Miss 0: The Aaron Crow show rolls on. Eight scoreless innings. Nine strikeouts. Three hits. The Big 12 Pitcher of the Year has his game on and Canes fans ought to be thankful he's pitching today and not tomorrow. Ole Miss turns its 47th double play of the season to end the 8th in scoreless fashion. Now, we'll watch Crow close this one out.

Final - Missouri 7, Ole Miss 0: Crow closes it out with a 10-strikeout, three-hit effort. Guy was amazing.

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Manny...Crow is a solid pitcher, gonna be a good game.

Canes at 4PM!

Aaron Crow's bio from MU web site:

http://mutigers.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/crow_aaron00.html

Mizzou...at bat, with bases loaded, no outs.

Squibber to short, they get one out at second, one run scores. MU 1, Ol Miss 0.

Mizzou with runners at first and third one out...batter HBP, bases loaded again.

Thanks for the updates 86. I was going to post a summary after the inning is complete. But you can provide the updates whenever you like.

Mississippi pitcher Lance Lynn is struggling. He's already hit two batters and walked another.

They only allow once an inning? That's rediculous. What could possibly happen to cause that rule?

Q: They only allow once an inning? That's rediculous. What could possibly happen to cause that rule? Posted by: Loco | May 30, 2008 at 12:28 PM

A: NCAA wants to be the only place where you can get live updates. It's all about $

NFL has cut off access for the media too because it was NFL.com and the NFL channel to thrive.

Ole Miss gets lucky and gets out of the inning with only one run scored.

Tigers 1, Rebels 0.

Rebels at bat and a quick two outs against Crow who is throwing 93 MPH! Make it three outs, strike out last out of the inning.

Oh, I guess that makes sense then. Thanks Manny!

Moving to top of the third...Crow in command of all of his pitches so far.

I must have jinxed him, because he then WALKS the first batter!

Hard hit to third, out at second, runner on first.

Chopper to short, out at second base two outs, runner at first.

GREAT play by third baseman on a bunt pop out in foul territory! Three outs...

Manny,

Does the Herald plan on doing any type of interview with Shannon on his experience visiting the troops in IRAQ. I thinkit would be really nice if you guys could land something like that.

Go Canes!!!!!

Q: Does the Herald plan on doing any type of interview with Shannon on his experience visiting the troops in IRAQ. I thinkit would be really nice if you guys could land something like that. Go Canes!!!!! Posted by: RealCanesFan | May 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

A: I'd love to do it. But Randy has to make himself available for that. I'll ask the sports information department today if its possible.

Manny...I'll comment along the way but will do more of the play-by-play when UM plays at 4 PM. GO CANES, BEAT BCC!

Any update on Bailey's injury? Projected return?

Thanks for the reply Manny. Keep us posted if you are able to land something. Hopefully Randy would be willing to do it.

Thanks again for all you do for us!!!!!

Can U clarify the projected pitching rotation for the Canes during the Regional?

The best part of this is that both
Miss and Mizzou have thrown their best pitchers out, so we don't have to face them!

My, my, my-it only took me an hour to get signed up with typepad-Yikes!!!!

this is pretty boring game-loco you get ESPN "U" in Palm Beach???

Q: Any update on Bailey's injury? Projected return? Posted by: 86Cane | May 30, 2008 at 01:02 PM

A: I've been told the injury is not as bad as originally thought. They're hopeful he'll be able to return for fall practice. But I want to get real confirmation. That's why I haven't posted anything yet.

Canechic...there U are, finally!

Loco...good to see you around too. You going to the game tomorrow?

Pitchers duel so far, hardly a "PING" to be heard?

Tigers 1, Rebels 0...

Q: Can U clarify the projected pitching rotation for the Canes during the Regional? Posted by: 86Cane | May 30, 2008 at 01:04 PM

A: Miami is going with Kiki - Enrique Garcia today. Chris Hernandez told me Tuesday he's been told he'll pitch Saturday. And Eric Erickson will pitch Sunday. Barring an unforseen circumstances that's how the UM rotation will work.

canechic, I don't. When we finally decided to upgrade over antenna 9-10 years ago, they didn't even have cable out where i live in loxahatchee! So we have the basic directv programming

86 U at the game?

Pitching seems to be the teams weakness! This Mizz pitcher is pretty good as well Ole miss's!

Manny does not look like much of a crowd, looks pretty cloudy too! I am sure the crowd will change around 4:00pm

Go Canes!

86, I'm planning on it! we better win because i can't make the 12 game!

Ole Miss P Lance Lynn bio:

http://www.olemisssports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=13050&SPID=748&DB_OEM_ID=2600&ATCLID=542587&Q_SEASON=2007

CC...nah I'm home, can't travel EVERY week. After five days in JAX last week I stayed home. I'll be at the Super Regional if/when we advance!

Manny,
Given Ericksons recent struggles. Do you think it is a good idea to have him pitching on Sunday when we could potentially be looking to close the regional out?

Q: Manny does not look like much of a crowd, looks pretty cloudy too! I am sure the crowd will change around 4:00pm Posted by: canechic1 | May 30, 2008 at 01:18 PM

A: Crowd is kind of weak right now. A good group of Ole Miss fans though. Not many Mizzou fans in the house. The game has gone just as most expected -- a 1-0 pitcher's duel.

Q: Manny, given Erickson's recent struggles. Do you think it is a good idea to have him pitching on Sunday when we could potentially be looking to close the regional out? Posted by: RealCanesFan | May 30, 2008 at 01:23 PM

A: You got to have faith he'll turn it around. Erickson was a monster pitcher last season. He hasn't pitched the same since coming back from his injury. But this is what you got. You got to have confidence in him and hope he gets the job done. Miami's bats should be able to provide him plenty of offense anyway.

Both of these teams look pretty sharp! I cannot find any other baseball coverage! So have been peeking in on the spelling bee! That is a challenge! go Canes!

Manny...any news on Jermaine McKenzie and his "high ankle sprain"? Heard he was running routes again???

Who do you pick for leading Freshman receiver?

Aldarius Johnson
Tommy Streeter
Davon Johnson
Travis Benjamin

So sad about the pitcher from Georgia Tech. I asked Angry (my local pharmacy guy) "why would you take herion and morphine?" His response, "You got issues". Pretty sad the drugs these kids combine for a high or low!

This ole miss pitcher is falling apart

Tigers 4, Rebels 0

Bottom fifth inning.

Q: Manny...any news on Jermaine McKenzie and his "high ankle sprain"? Heard he was running routes again??? Who do you pick for leading Freshman receiver? Aldarius Johnson, Tommy Streeter, Davon Johnson, Travis Benjamin. Posted by: 86Cane | May 30, 2008 at 01:41 PM

A: My money is on Aldarius. He's got the spring in his favor. I haven't heard much on McKenzie's ankle. He's got plenty of time to heal though.

Manny,

What's up with Harris hitting the recruiting trail? I thought he had accepted a non-football related position for the time being? Not that this is a big surprise, but any chance we see him in some type of coaching aspect this fall?

86, you've got mail on your canespace account

Q: What's up with Harris hitting the recruiting trail? I thought he had accepted a non-football related position for the time being? Not that this is a big surprise, but any chance we see him in some type of coaching aspect this fall? Posted by: RealCanesFan | May 30, 2008 at 01:52 PM

A: Technically he's not recruiting. He's been hired in a community liason capacity. Only the assistants are allowed to recruit. Call it a good will tour for Ice. I do believe he will coach down the road. But right now he's helping his friend Randy and his brother-in-law Corey Bell out.

Manny,

Its been a minute since I asked a question. Do you know what conference the umpire crew is from? If it is the ACC please tell me its not the crew that has been screwing Miami all year long.

Q: Its been a minute since I asked a question. Do you know what conference the umpire crew is from? If it is the ACC please tell me its not the crew that has been screwing Miami all year long. Posted by: Cane Since 1982 | May 30, 2008 at 01:58 PM

A: I'm trying to find out. Nobody in the press box knows.

Manny, would it say on their ball pouches perhaps?

Manny...is Chris from ITU or Shandel from the SS there? If so tell them I said "hey"!

I may need all of you to hold up the CS sign for me behind home plate. Can we work a deal $$$? JK and LOL

Manny,

Are Mizzou and Ole Miss fans -- who are fans of two really good 2 and 3 seeds, whose teams should not have been bunched in the number 1 team in the nation's regional -- nearly as pissed UM fans are about the NCAA's seeding blunder?

Q: Are Mizzou and Ole Miss fans -- who are fans of two really good 2 and 3 seeds, whose teams should not have been bunched in the number 1 team in the nation's regional -- nearly as pissed UM fans are about the NCAA's seeding blunder? Posted by: Robnyce | May 30, 2008 at 02:12 PM

A: I'm sure they must be. But there isn't anything they can do about it. Like Frank Haith always says... it is what it is.

By the way for those of you wondering... Randy Shannon will be made available to the media on June 2 to discuss his trip to the Middle East.

RE: Umps.. from where I'm sitting I can't see what conference it says. I'll try to check it out between games.

Ole Miss has left a lot of runners on base over the last few innings against Crow. Can't do that and expect to win. They will need a late rally against the Mizzou bullpen if they are gonna win this.

Manny...Crow has a wicked good curveball that freezes batters. How many has he struck out looking?

Q: Manny...Crow has a wicked good curveball that freezes batters. How many has he struck out looking? Posted by: 86Cane | May 30, 2008 at 02:28 PM

A: Crow has eight strikeouts -- three looking.

7-0 Tigers. This one is over.

With Crow still on the mound throwing 92 MPH?

YES, it's over, way OVER!

Tulane 1, Gators 0 in the sixth.

(ACC) Virginia vs UCLA at 7 PM on ESPNU after the UM game at 4 PM.

Hey Manny what's up? It's great to have you covering baseball today... Susan wrote in her article today that the UM game is at 7 pm...I read somewhere else that it is scheduled at 4 pm...

Can you confirm the time please...

Peace!

Manny, among the 2008 football recruits who signed with the U, can you tell us the ones
who have not yet qualified to this date?

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