CWS: Miami still impresses, but Rice is too strong

By Eric Sorenson - June 19, 2006

The Hurricanes fought, scratched, scraped and lost their coach, but just couldn't punch through against the strong Owl staff. Rice wins. Rice goes on to Wednesday and has some time to rest. Rice gets the upper hand.

So the two toughest pitching staffs get through the first two games unscathed and it's no real big surprise.

But the key to tonight's win was the clutch arms coming up big when it mattered. Cole St. Clair got a huge strikeout of Yonder Alonso with a man on 2nd in the 2nd, got a bases-loaded double play to end the 3rd, got a strikeout with a man on 2nd in the 4th and a pop-up with a man on 3rd in the 5th. Then Bryce Cox got out of a 2nd and 3rd jam in the 7th and got the biggest out of all, striking down Valencia with the dangerous Jemile Weeks at 3rd to end the game.

Clutch, clutch pitching people. That's why Rice is 2-0. That's why North Carolina is 2-0. That's what the game is all about when it comes to playing in Omaha in June.

Clemson and Fullerton butt heads in game one tomorrow to see who gets their shot at the Heels. Then Oregon State and Miami will go at it in the night-nightcap. Tomorrow's games start at 4pm and 8pm because of World Cup soccer coverage on ESPN.

Posted by Eric Sorenson at 10:27 PM on June 19, 2006

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