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Day 3: Miami advances to Super Regionals

Hello all Eye on the U faithful, this is Andre Fernandez filling in for
"moving" Manny Navarro. I'd like to thank everyone who participated here over the weekend. It was hot, but it was definitely fun. By all means, we'd love to have you check out the high school sports blog on miamiherald.com/hssports. Me, Larry Blustein, Manny will continue bringing you updates on football recruiting in the 305, while Patrick Dorsey, Larry, Manny and Bob bring you the 954 and 561.

The Road to Omaha continued as the University of Miami clinched a berth in next weekend's Super Regionals with an 11-2 win over Mississippi. The Hurricanes will host either Arizona or Kentucky.  Below is a recap of Sunday's action.

NO. 1 MIAMI 11, NO. 3 MISSISSIPPI 2

The starting pitching matchup was UM's LHP Eric Erickson (7-1, 62 2/3 IP, 56 Ks, 12 BB, 4.31 ERA) vs. Ole Miss LHP Nathan Baker (3-5, 51 IP, 40 Ks, 18 BB, 4.41 ERA). UM was the road team.

1st inning - Miami 3, Ole Miss 2: UM struck first on a double down the left field line by Jemille Weeks that scored Blake Tekotte, who had reached on a bunt single. Weeks moved over to third on a fly ball by Yonder Alonso, then scored on a ground out by Mark Sobolewski. Ryan Jackson then smacked a solo home run off the scoreboard. In the bottom of the inning, Eric Erickson got the first two outs, but then gave up a 2-run dinger to left center field to Cody Overbeck. Sobolewski came up with a great diving stop that robbed Michael Guerrero of a hit to end the inning.

2nd inning - Miami 4, Ole Miss 2: Solid base running by Tekotte earned UM another run. After reaching on a fielder's choice, he stole second and advanced to third when the throw from home went into center field. Weeks delivered again with an RBI single to left. With one out in the bottom half, Zach Miller doubled off the right field wall. Miller ran on what looked like a wild pitch, but Yasmani Grandal gobbled it up and gunned him down at 3rd. Tim Ferguson then grounded out to short.

3rd inning - Miami 7, Ole Miss 2: Dennis Raben broke an 0-for-10 slump in this regional by belting a 2-run home run over the retired numbers in right center field. Ole Miss brought in one of its best relievers, Justin Cryer (1.30 ERA, .198 opp. avg.). Jason Hagerty singled to right and Yasmani Grandal doubled down the right field line to extend UM's lead to 7-2. Erickson gave up a leadoff single to Basham, but came back with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.

4th inning - Miami 7, Ole Miss 2: Canes went down quietly. Alonso struck out looking. Sobolewski flied to right, and Jackson grounded to 1st. Erickson struck out Overbeck. Guerrero reached on a line drive single that Weeks had a hard time handling at second. But Weeks came back and started a 4-6-3 double play on the next at-bat to end the inning.

5th inning - Miami 7, Ole Miss 2: Dennis Raben looks like he's breaking out of his recent funk. He doubled to right field. He was stranded at second, though, when Hagerty struck out and Grandal popped up to 2nd. Zach Miller reached on an error at 1st by Alonso. Erickson recorded the next three outs in order on two grounders and a fly out to right.

6th inning - Miami 7, Ole Miss 2: Cryer has settled down. He got Tekotte, Weeks and Alonso on fly ball outs. Erickson got through pretty smooth again also. He gave up a walk to Logan Power, but got Overbeck to ground into a fielder's choice and struck out Michael Guerrero.

7th inning - Miami 7, Ole Miss 2: Sobolewski walked, but Ryan Jackson hit into a double play that he nearly ran out at 1st base. Dave DiNatale grounded out to third to end the inning. Erickson kept rolling along in the bottom of the inning, striking out Matt Smith, forcing Miller to fly out to center. Ferguson doubled, but Basham lined out to left field.

8th inning - Miami 8, Ole Miss 2: Raben walked to start the inning. Two batters later, Tekotte hit a triple to right field that scored Raben to add to UM's lead. Kyle Bellamy came in in relief of Erickson. He got Jordan Henry and Logan Power out on grounders to short and struck out Fuller Smith.

Final - Miami 11, Ole Miss 2: Canes tack on three more, highlighted by Jason Hagerty's 2-run double to right field that scored Dennis Raben and Ryan Jackson. Carlos Gutierrez closed it out despite some minor trouble. He got Overbeck and Guerrero to fly out. After walking Cullan Kight and hitting Miller with a pitch, he got Tim Ferguson  to fly out to right.

NO. 3 MISSISSIPPI 9, NO. 2 MISSOURI 6.

1st inning - Ole Miss 0, Missouri 0: Bukvich walked Mizzou RF Greg Folgia, but retired the next 3 hitters in order. LF Aaron Senne drove one near the wall, but Miss. LF Logan Power made a nice catch before it went over his head. For Ole Miss, RF Jordan Henry led off with a single to right field. He got as far as second base on a ground ball out, but was left there after Power popped up in the infield and 3B Cody Overbeck struck out swinging.

2nd inning - Ole Miss 0, Missouri 0: Both pitchers are cruising. In the top half, Bukvich got a pop-up in the infield again, a strikeout and a fly ball to center. In the bottom half, Berger struck out the side, including Ole Miss CF Michael Guerrero, who had 2 HR in an inning yesterday.

3rd inning - Ole Miss 0, Missouri 0: Bukvich got them in order again, striking out Mizzou SS Andrew Thigpen and 2B Greg Folgia. Berger gave up a single to Ole Miss SS Tim Ferguson, but after he was moved into scoring position on a sac bunt by C Brett Basham, he was stranded at third after Jordan Henry grounded out and Fuller Smith popped up to short right.

4th inning - Ole Miss 0, Missouri 0: Other than that leadoff walk in the first, Bukvich has been perfect. He retired Mizzou's LF Aaron Senne and RF Jacob Priday on ground outs, and struck out C Trevor Coleman. He has 5 Ks so far. Ole Miss put together the first real threat, but came up short. Overbeck walked with one out, then after Guerrero flied out, Matt Smith singled to center. But 2B Zach Miller grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice as Smith was forced out at 2nd.

5th inning - Missouri 4, Ole Miss 4: After not allowing a hit through the first four innings, Bukvich was knocked out after four runs came across for the Tigers. 3B Kyle Mach delivered the first big hit with a bloop single to left that brought in Dan Pietroburgo. Folgia then doubled to left to drive in 1B Steve Gray. Ryan Lollis hit a high-bouncing grounder that got past SS Tim Ferguson allowing two more runs to score. Ole Miss brought in All-SEC righty Scott Bittle (1.63 ERA) to pitch and he got them out of the inning. The Rebels then answered back in the bottom half. Four consecutive hits, including three doubles by Ferguson, Henry and Fuller Smith cut the lead to 4-3. After Missouri brought in reliever Ryan Allen, Ole Miss' Cody Overbeck singled to left, scoring Smith to tie the game. Allen struck out Matt Smith and Zach Miller to end the inning.

6th inning - Ole Miss 4, Missouri 4: Bittle walked a couple of batters, but struck out the side around them in the top of the inning. Ole Miss went quietly in the bottom half as Ferguson and Basham struck out and Henry grounded out to short.

7th inning - Ole Miss 5, Missouri 4: Bittle is living up to the hype, striking out Mach and Folgia and getting Kurt Calvert to ground out 1-3. Fuller Smith roped a double over RF Jacob Priday's head to start the bottom of the inning. A batter later, Cody Overbeck brought him home with line drive to center field. Ole Miss left a couple of runners on.

8th inning - Ole Miss 9, Missouri 6: The Tigers retook the lead on some alert base running. Jacob Priday, who had been 1 for 11 for the regional reached on an infield single to shortstop. He then stole second. Dan Pietroburgo singled to left to score Priday and tie it. Pietroburgo, who comes up every time to that cool Irish music you hear at the beginning of the movie "The Departed," stole his first base of the year. He then came around to score the go-ahead run when Steve Gray hit a slow roller to short and beat the throw to 1st. Kyle Gibson, who gave up the game-winner to UM last night, came in to pitch for Mizzou. Ole Miss made it another forgettable day for him. The Rebels loaded the bases when Ferguson singled and Jordan Henry and Fuller Smith each walked. Then Logan Power (great baseball name) crushed a pitch off the scoreboard for a grand slam to give Ole Miss a 9-6 edge.

Final - Ole Miss 9, Missouri 6: Bittle wrapped it up with strike outs of Folgia, Calvert and Aaron Senne. Ole Miss plays UM next.

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HEY MANNY, WHAT'S UP WITH THIS NEW TYPEPAD GARBAGE THAT THE HERALD HAS ALL OF A SUDDEN IMPLEMENTED? THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU GUYS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTING FOR SOMEONE WHO IS AS TECHNOLOGICALLY CHALLENGED AS MYSELF? GOD MAN, IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A HACKER TRYING TO GET ON HERE JUST TO READ AN ARTICLE.
BUT ANY WAY MANNY, WHAT'S UP WITH THE REST OF THE RECRUITS? WHO'S QUALIFIED, AND NOT QUALIFIED? WHEN ARE THE ONES THAT ARE QUALIFIED EXPECTED TO BE ON CAMPUS? AND WHEN IS KIMBO'S LIL' BROTHER (ALLEN BAILEY) EXPECTED TO BE BACK IN ACTION?
AND ARE YOU PLANNING ON DOING AN INTERVIEW WITH COACH SHANNON TO GET HIS TAKE ON THE TRIP TO IRAQ?
AND ONE LAST QUESTION, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE EARLY SIGNING PERIOD PROPOSAL BEING PITCHED BY THE SEC COACHES?
C'MON MANNY, GET ON YOUR JOB BABY, I NEED A FIX MAN, AND IF YOU AIN'T SERVIN' THE BOMB, THEN POINT ME IN THE DIRECTION OF WHO IS.

when does miami play next

Dave...Friday or Saturday at The Light against Arizona.

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WHAT'S UP WITH THE REST OF THE RECRUITS? WHO'S QUALIFIED, AND NOT QUALIFIED?

Posted by: 5AND7SUX | June 01, 2008 at 09:38 PM
Hardin, Harper, Holton, Jones, Washington Smith, Odoms & Thompkins ...
IN LIMBO

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Posted by: green | June 02, 2008 at 07:44 PM

buy space on miamiherald.com ...
FREELOADER

Posted by: green | June 02, 2008 at 07:50 PM

Dear Mr. Green: I am NOT going to get into it with you any more on this blog. Instead, each time U call me out, I am simply going to ask some questions and then forward them to Manny and his editor via email and ask them the same questions:

1. I wonder how you got into the blog without registering? You should register so we would ALL know who you are and you cannot hide behind anonymity any longer.

2. Funny, you never showed all weekend during the Regional tourney? I was here and posting several times daily along with other Canespacers about Canes baseball with Manny and Andre?

3. And then, when you are done registering with a TypeKey account, and your identity is revealed, please ask Manny and Andre and the Herald how they feel about your comments?

Go Canes!!!

86 CANE, QUIT BEING SUCH A BABY. YOU KNOW, STOP WHININ'. YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO. SO STOP BOOTLEGGING THAT OLE' RAG-TAG, NO SPONSOR HAVIN',BS SITE OF YOURS. SO IN THE WORDS OF MY MAIN MAN GREEN, STOP FREELOADING. YOU AIN'T FADIN' NOBODY OVER HERE.

1) somebody loves me

2) so what

3) tell 'em

Green...I just wanted to let you know that you make this blog so much better than it could be without you.

Posted by: 86Cane | April 28, 2008 at 10:01 PM
RINGING ENDORSEMENT

Dear Mr. Green: I am NOT going to get into it with you any more on this blog. Instead, each time U call me out, I am simply going to ask some questions and then forward them to Manny and his editor via email and ask them the same questions.

Thank you!

NO SPONSOR HAVIN',BS SITE OF YOURS.

Posted by: 5AND7SUX | June 02, 2008 at 10:13 PM

For the record, there is this little TV Network, kinda famous, you might have heard of it, called CBS? Well, they sponsor Canespace. Come on over and check it out so I can say Ca-ching!

Dear Mr. Green: I am NOT going to get into it with you any more on this blog. Instead, each time U call me out, I am simply going to ask some questions and then forward them to Manny and his editor

Posted by: 86Cane | June 03, 2008 at 12:19 AM
CHEWED UP AND SPIT OUT

CBS4 not CBS ... EXAGGERATION

the days of you USING miami herald & manny navarro are over ...

those were the days, my friend
we thought they'd never end
we'd sing and dance forever and a day
we'd live the life we'd choose
we'd fight and never lose
those were the days, oh yes, those were the days

Finally, the boys are back. Green and 5AND7, I missed you guys. It was making me sick reading all the 86cane post on here. At least now we know who Manny's favorite is! Keep up the good work gentlemen. I was about to forget about this blog forever if 86 was the main focus!!!!

THANK YOU ORANGE, AND I TO SHARE YOUR SENTIMENTS ABOUT THIS 86CANE CHARACTER. ALL THIS GUY DOES IS ROUTINELY BORE US WITH HIS "MANNY LOVE". "OH MANNY, YOU'RE DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB MANNYM, "OH, I'M GOING TO TELL MANNY ON YOU", YEAH, LIKE I SAID, HE'S A ROUTINE BOREMONGER. I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THIS CLOWN, AND LIKE I SAID IN MY PREVIOUS POST, HE AIN'T FADIN' NOTHIN' OVER HERE. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, HE IS NOTHING MORE THAN A GROUPIE WITH A WEBSITE, A BLEACHER- BUM ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN.

Andre:

Don't you fellows have an editor?

"Me... will continue bringing you updates on football recruiting in the 305... ."

Jeez, we're looking at basic third grade grammar here! Tell me you went of U of F.

Canes going to Omaha!!!
Hey Anit-Cane, I hope you're hungry because you are going to have to eat your studid comments of the past 2 days! You ran into the Anti-Anti-Cane, and you know it is impossible to deny the Canes a trip to Omaha.
So Anti-Cane - sssshhhhhh!!!

When do the Canes play Georgia on the 14th?
If anyone knows, please post it up...

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