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College World Series - Day 5: UM loses to Stanford 8-3 and is eliminated from the CWS

What's up gang,

Back at Rosenblatt ready to cover this must-win game for the U against Stanford. Another pretty much sunny day in Omaha. I wish I could send it your way, I hear from Manny that it's been pouring all day in Miami.

I'll be here for the next 4 hours watching every pitch with you and ready to talk Canes, high schools, movies, Omaha, food, drinks, UM rivals, (OK DRE, FOCUS!)

Anyway, Miami is the designated road team. They are 3-0 in the playoffs as the visitors on the scoreboard.

Stanford pulls a switcheroo on who they start. The Cardinal will go with right-handed freshman Danny Sandbrink, who is 2-1, with a 2.85 ERA in 19 appearances, which includes 5 starts. His other numbers (1 CG, 53 2/3 IP, 54 H, 20 R, 17 ER, 18 BB, 27 Ks, .262 opp. avg.).

Miami, as expected, will counter with senior Enrique Garcia (7-2, 4.56 ERA, 15 starts, 81 IP, 89 H, 41 ER, 45 R, 34  BB, 64 K, .278 opp. avg.).

Stanford has four solid home run hitters (CF Sean Ratliff 21, C Jason Castro 14, 2B Cord Phelps 13, and 1B Brent Milleville 11). Garcia has given up the fewest of any UM starter with 2.

Changes in UM's lineup, Jason Hagerty will start as DH, after coming as a PH for struggling Dave DiNatale in the FSU win. Hagerty came through with a 2-run single that drove what ended up being the game-winning runs. The order: 1. Tekotte, 2. Weeks, 3. Alonso, 4. Sobolewski, 5. Jackson, 6. Severino, 7. Raben, 8. Hagerty, 9. Grandal.

Well, I'll be here and back after 1st pitch with updates. In the meantime, feel free to chat away. For continuous updates during the game, visit www.ncaasports.com.

1st inning - UM 1, Stanford 0: Tekotte and Weeks set the table again with infield singles (Weeks' a great bunt between 3rd and the mound), and Sobolewski drove in Tekotte on a sac fly. Inning could have been more productive had Alonso not struck out and Jackson lined out to left. Stanford threatened with singles by Cord Phelps and Jason Castro, but Garcia worked out of it with three fly ball outs, including another solid defensive play in right by Raben.

2nd inning - UM 1, Stanford 0: Hagerty drew a walk, but was left on as the Cardinal 2B Phelps made a tough play on a Grandal grounder. An error by Weeks did not prove costly as Garcia got Jones and Schlander to pop up.

3rd inning - Stanford 2, UM 1: UM blows an opportunity to tack on a run. Tekotte walked and reach third on sac bunt by Weeks and a wild pitch. But Alonso and Sobolewski struck out in succession. Phelps led off the bottom half with a double to left. August singled to center. Castro drove him in with an infield single to short. But more damage was saved by the Mohawk. Dennis Raben with another diving web gem in right field.

4th inning - Stanford 3, UM 1: UM is not hitting. Raben got hit by a pitch after a fly out by Jackson and a ground out by Severino. Hagerty then stranded him with another fly out. Cardinal added a run on a walk drawn by Zach Jones and a bloop single by Joey August. Garcia struck out Castro looking to end the inning.

5th inning - Stanford 7, UM 1: Yasmani Grandal and Tekotte each walked. Weeks, however, popped up a bunt attempt and Alonso struck out for the third time in the game. Sobolewski followed suit to kill UM's best scoring threat since the 1st. The big hits came from Sean Ratliff, who blasted a 2-run shot off Garcia. Anthony Nalepa entered the game. After an error and a single by Jake Schlander, Phelps hit a 2-run triple to center that Tekotte almost caught diving.

6th inning - Stanford 8, Miami 1: Raben hits into a double play. Stanford's Toby Gerhart doubled off Iden Nazario to extend the lead as UM empties its bullpen for the first time in the playoffs. Rene Guerra gets them out of the inning with a strikeout. Yasmani Grandal blasts a solo shot to center field.

7th inning - Stanford 8, Miami 2: Weeks got hit by a pitch and Alonso broke out of the funk with a single. But once again a golden opportunity wasted as Sobolewski flies out to right. After a leadoff walk, 3 up, 3 down for Guerra.

8th inning - Stanford 8, Miami 3: Three straight singles by Jackson, Severino and Raben got the UM fans here excited. But only one run scored on a sac fly by Hagerty. Grandal and Tekotte then struck out. 3 up, 3 down for Guerra, who's looked good for someone that hasn't pitched in a month.

Final - Stanford 8, Miami 3: Another promising inning ends like a promising season. Weeks walked, Alonso doubled, but closer Drew Storen got Sobolewski to pop up to first, Jackson to strike out and then snared a line drive from Severino (a play that should make Sportscenter) to end UM's season.

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REFUSE TO LOSE

They are starting off aggressive with the base stealing.

1-0 Canes, 1 out in 1st

1-0 Sobo sac

Just as they're talking about how Raben isn't quick footed, he makes that catch for an out.

Raben robs the cardinal

Alot of pop ups. Garcia needs to settle down and get control.

AUSPICIOUS

Whatever happended to Jill Arrington? Erin is nice looking, but Jill was pretty hot and she dressed sexy.

motherhood

Weeks seems to be getting soft on D lately.

Week's bat compensates

Leading 1-0, we have the top of the order...GO CANES!!!

Weeks's

wild pitch advances Blake

Yonder stikes out again

Sobo's strikeout strands Blake

1-1 3rd

1-2 3rd

Raben saves the day

The Canes and their fans are doing that fist pump thing to David Guetta's "Love is Gone" IN OMAHA!

Bless their hearts.

enrique looks shaky. We also have to get more aggresive at the plate. Go Canes

1-3 4th

Erik Davis coming in for Stanford. Davis is 7-3 with a 4.71 ERA. He's made the most starts for them this season with 16. Thrown 4 complete games. 97 Ks, given up 8 HRs on the year, but so has Sandbrink the guy who just had UM shut down the first 4 innings.

OVERRATED!

Lose tonight or lose to a real team from the SEC team, take your pick.

We are starting to look like the noles, leaving people on base. Let's go guys!!

You can't spell THUG without The U. Another arrest, is anybody keeping track here.

Miami coach Randy Shannon said he is "gathering more information" on the Saturday arrest of linebacker Zach Kane, who was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly breaking a bottle over the head of another teenager at a party in New Jersey.

Nice to see we're all ignoring this idiot -- alleged "canesrule" -- let him talk to himself. As to the rest of us, rally caps! Go Canes!

Wow!! I hate to say it, but we don't deserve to win. These guys are playing like its a mid week game against Furman. They aren't playing with any sense of urgency with the exception of dennis raben in RF.

Im just sick of PATHETIC hitting , Ill watch UFC I cant takethis BS miami is dishing to us anymore, game after game we get killed in Hits WTF is wrong with these guys??? they deserve to go home as poorly as they are playing last few games.

Not a great day for Garcia, still lots of baseball to go, though. Speaking of which, thanks Andre (and Manny) and the rest of y'all -- gotta run (still keepin' the faith, just some of us gotta work :-). Go Canes!

IT IS IN THE 5TH- MORRIS SHOULD BE FIRED HE IS THE DUMMMMMM CHOACH-- WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE PICTHER -- GO GO STAN--AND I AM A MIAMI ALUMI-- WHAT A F345345 JOKE MORRIS IS,

Maybe all the philanthropic activities ahve depressed our guys, they sure seem lethargic.

I guess #5 ain't in our destiny this year. 1-7 is a big hole to climb out of with the way our bats have not been swinging tonight.

They're done. This team came into the CWS running on fumes and you can tell by the way it took everything they had to get passed Arizona at home.

They've been hearing how good they are and how many #1 picks they had and have let it get to their head. Half of these guys have checked out and are checking their bank accounts to see when their respective MLB teams makes their first deposit $$.

I wish them well, but it doesn't look good.

Yep, there is no heart or fire left in this club. They spent so much effort leading up to this tourney explaining how anything but a 'Ship would be a dissapointment, it seems they've talked themselves either into thinking they'll just win no matter what, or they've got themselves so damn nervous that their afraid they'll totally fall apart if they show any fire or emotion.

This sucks, they better get FIRED UP CANES!!


OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
C-A-N-E-S
CANES!!!!!!!!

WAKE UP AND KICK SOME ASS BOYS!!!

I saw this performance coming since the start of the CWS. Miami's #1 seed was earned not because they have the best talented team, because they had a good season this year. What a shame...

'night, 'night. This team picked the wrong game not to show up. If playing here doesn't motivate you, nothing else will. They have no life. Way to go Morris.

Heeeere we go...

If it's any consolation to anyone, in 1998 we had great guns and were supposed to win it all and didn't. 1999 was supposed to be a rebuilding year and not much was expected, yet they took the title.

Wait 'til next year, you never know.

26 yrs. old, been a fan since I was sh!!ing green, and I had to go out of my way to post how sorry UM has turned into since 01. They want everything given to them and they don't want to earn it. I'm tired of watching garbage every game whether it be football or baseball. How in the f!!k to we have more 1st rounders and more pro's than anyone, but can't win an important game when it counts? Like I said, since '01, garbage. Full of talent, NO PRIDE. Let me know when we decide to play up to MIAMI standards and I will consider watching them. Until then, back to work everyday and dreams of what could have been.

All of you Canes haters disgust me. You call yourself real Canes fans? Regardless of the outcome...I'm a Cane till I die!!! Still very proud of this Canes (young) team. There are plenty of other teams in the country that would kill to have the season we've had. Fairweather Miami fans and most of all wanna be Canes fans are a joke. Get off our bandwagon now!!! We don't want you and much less need you!!! GO CANES!!!

Look at the bright side, your athletic department saved a few days in team expenses as you would have lost to an SEC team anyway.

Good to see that even in cyberspace, Duhhhh U has the nation's most notorious fair weather fans.

"I'll watch UFC".......

"Gotta run still keepin' the faith"......

"They're done"....

"They let it get to their head"..... an extension of the mindset of their fan base, if you can call it that.

"They've talked themselves into thinking they'll just win no matter what".... kind of like the hilarious predictions on here of a victory for Duhhhh U on September 6th.

"night, night. They have no life"......

Sorry BOFA, but sometimes it just ain't our day. No team can win 'em all.

Hice hit and HR!

Lright Weeks, earn the First Round money. OUCH!

Monty, that's exactly my point. We've had a good season regardless of tonight's outcome (of which of course as a TRUE FAN, I have not lost hope) But of course all I see on here is "I saw this coming", "They're done", "night, night", "Full of talent NO PRIDE" (which is one of my favorites --PUH LEASE give me an effin break. NO PRIDE? Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds? It's very easy to say that from your living room couch) and many many more comments that are coming mostly from "so called" Canes fans.

How about being a REAL CANES fan and not giving up on your team until the final out. These are the same Canes fans that didn't go to the Orange Bowl all year because you know, "we suck" now and then complained about her being torn down. As a REAL Canes fan, I'm sick of the bandwagon fans. Go root for FIU.

This has nothing to do with being a real Canes fan. This has to do with being embaressed to wear your Cane hat to work, not because they lost, but because they played like they don't give a f!!ck about the outcome. I will back them up to any body talking s!!t, but when they play like they don't care about the CANE NATION, it's hard to do that. OH Yeah, bye the way, I live in Georgia, so you can imagine why I'm pissed. You have no idea how much s!!t I have to deal with everyday from a school who has won 1 national title since their existence back in 1904.

Hey D STO, no offense, but you are the epitome of a bandwagoner. I haven't seen you once make any posts on here, and suddenly you come out of the woodworks just to say that you are embarassed?

The game's not over. Hell maybe we make it a close game. Would you still say the same thing then? Probobably, because the only thing you care about is winning a trophy. Here's a little advice, if you're so embarassed, get the F* out and don't come back. We don't need you.

And that goes to the rest of you alleged "Canes Fans."

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