Lincoln: Canes going to 13th straight super regional
Miami defeated Manhattan by the final score of 10-4 on Sunday evening. Miami fell behind early 3-1, but tied it at 3 thanks to a blown call at second base. It was Eric Nieto for the Jaspers who hit a solo homer to put Manhattan up by a run in the 5th. But after that, Miami scored 7 unanswered runs, including 5 in the 7th to take command.
Miami's ace Scott Maine threw his first ever complete game, and he only threw 97 pitches!!! It was quite the sight to see, as he sat down the final 15 of 16 batters for the Jaspers after the homerun by Nieto put them in front.
The all tournament team was full of Miami players...and it was as follows...
Matt Rizzotti-Miami-First Base
Jemile Weeks-Miami-Second Base
Danny Valencia-Miami-Third Base
Patrick Mcguigan-San Francisco-Pitcher
And the MVP of the regional was Miami freshman second baesban Jemile Weeks, who finished with 4 doubles, and was on base all five times he came up today, not bad for your lead off man!
It was quite fun to hear the Nebraska fans boo the Hurricanes as Yonder Alonso caught the final out of the game. I never realized how much they dislike the Hurricanes. Perhaps it's just that they are bitter from watching baseball being played on their home turf when their season was over. Either way, Miami is moving on to Oxford, Miss. and Manhattan closes a season of firsts much like USF did. The 3 and 4 seeds in this tournament were unfamiliar and the fact that USF went 1-2 (beating Nebraska) and Manhattan went 2-2 (beating Nebraska) I think says a lot about the state of college baseball and how much paridy there really is. Mid-major schools can compete, much like was shown in college baskebtall this season as well.
Fans applauded both USF and Manhattan on a wonderful season, and there's hope to build on it for each team for next year. So Miami now faces Mississippi for the right to head on to the CWS. As a Hurricanes broadcaster, I can only hope that this is not my final day in Nebraska for this season. I hope to see Omaha again. But either way, this weekend was quite the experience. By witnessing six college baseball games in 3 days, you'll see everything there is to see.
Miami extends its streak to 34 straight regionals this year, and 13 consecutive super regionals. Not too shabby. I'll hopefully talk to you all next weekend from Oxford, until then, enjoy Monday's action and the announcment of what times the games will begin.
Cousins popped up to shortstop, and then Stefan Gartrell the RBI leader in the WCC popped up to second. Ryan Marcoux nearly had it pop out of his glove, which would have tied the game with the runners coming around to score! A wild game early, and Manhattan holds on and they can thank San Francisco for committing 4 errors in the first 2 innings of the ballgame. I'll have a wrapup of this game when i get the box score, and a preview of Miami/Manhattan who will meet in the Championship game tonight at 605 Central, 705 Eastern.
The Jaspers got out of a runner on 2nd with 1 out jam as USF couldnt get the run home. Patrick Mcguigan the co-pitcher of the year in the WCC is working his 7th inning of relief here in the 9th, and he's been remarkable. The Dons have 3 outs left in their season...
Lincoln: For Miami to host....USF threatning in the 8th down 6-4
Hey JY thanks for the question, sorry i didnt see it until now. For Miami to host a super regional Ole Miss has to lose their regional and of course Miami needs to pull the Lincoln regional out. If that's the case, i believe they would host, even if the 2 seed Tulane wins the Oxford regional...
Pitching change for Manhattan here in the 8th...tying run coming to the plate no one out for USF...Josh Santerre pitched very well...His numbers to come
Lincoln: USF has momentum, but Manhattan still leads 6-4
After an ugly start, things have calmed down and started to move along here in Lincoln. After each team had crooked numbers thru the first 3 innings, only USF has put up a run since then as we play in the top of the 8th. USF got a run in the 6th, but they left the bases loaded in the inning, with Joey Railey striking out swinging to end the threat. The Dons will have the bottom third of the order up in the 8th...
Lincoln: Manhattan and USF trade HR's 6-3 Manhattan
Manhattan continues to lead USF, as each team has scored in each half inning through 3 innings of play. The game is dragging along, as we have approached the hour and a half mark and still in the top of the 4th! Not sure why they chose to play the 2nd game this evening an hour earlier than the last two nights. Of course today will be the day that we get the 4 hour marathon! Crowd has filled in more than i thought, maybe 1,000 people here in a wild elimination game...Fitzpatrick for Manhattan hit his 18th homerun of the year and tied Manhattan's all-time hit's record with 215, then Scott Cousins WCC player of the year got it right back with a blast to rightcenter field, his first hit of the tournament.
Lincoln: Very very very sloppy first 3-1 Manhattan
I can't emphasize enough how sloppy the first inning of the USF-Manhattan game has been. SS Tavo Hall for USF had 2 errors on one play that allowed one run to score. Then with two outs, and a comebacker to Dufloth, threw the ball away with runners on 2nd and 3rd, which allowed Manhattan to score 3 runs on 0 hits and 3 errors in the first. In the bottom half, USF loads the bases, and a balk is called on Santerre. Third balk called in 2 days against USF opponents, weird!
USF and Manhattan will play this afternoon for a chance to meet Miami tonight here in Lincoln. USF will be playing in its second consecutive elimination game, and hope to feed off the pitching performance by Aaron Poreda yesterday, as he lifted his Dons over the heavily favored Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Miami has taken command in this 2006 Lincoln Regional, as they dominated Manhattan 8-2. I'll have mor analysis when i get back to my hotel, I have to get out of here as they are closing up shop here. Manny Miguelez was impressive, and the Hurricanes bats stayed hot, by connecting on 15 hits. Miami will now play the winner of Manhattan and San Francisco tomorrow at 605 central, for a chance to win the regional. I'll write up more when i get back! 2200 on hand to see it, so about a quarter of this place was full, not surprising after Nebraska went down earlier today. Ok talk to you in about an hour or so.
It's all over in Lincoln. Nebraska scores 2 runs in their two games, as USF knocks the regional hosts out of the regional. I'll have more a little bit later on, and a preview for Miami and Manhattan. What a shocker!
Can lightning strike twice? It may here in Lincoln if the Huskers can't put up a 4 spot in the 9th...They trail 5-1 as we head to the 9th..People are just in complete shock here, that the 6th national seed could possibly lose to the "worst two teams in our regional," said a teen that just walked into this suite. San Fran is 3 outs away from its first ever post season win, and what a way to do it!
Nebraska just got hosed on a home plate call on a sac fly, USF now up 4-1. Head coach Mike Anderson was just out there for maybe 5 minutes, and was not tossed. Crowd is all over home plate umpire Mike Duffy, he's going to need some security getting out of here! Nebraska AGAIN left runners on in the 6th, htis time 1st and 2nd no one out, turned into the bases loaded with 2 outs, and couldn't get a run home...Nebraska STILL in trouble, 9 outs left
The Huskers have 12 outs left, as i just heard someone say behind me to his friend. Still 3-1 USF as they look for the shocker. The only run up on the board for Nebraska was a solo homer by Andy Gerch in the 4th. Aaron Poreda has given up just 2 hits, he's walked only one and he also hit two batters. Poreda has been brilliant, and the Husker bats are beyond ice cold.
After blowing chance after chance yesterday against Manhattan, the crowd is even more frustrated today. So far Nebraska has left a couple on, and have had 2 runners in scoring position with 0 outs and have not scored...They just had a runner on 2nd after a passed ball and no outs and 2 ground balls and a pop out later, USF got out of the inning...This NU team has been struggling with the bats over the last month, and it's continued into June...The crowd is arguing every call and shouting at every close play, things are getting ugly here in Lincoln...
What an ugly inning that was!!! Nebraska down 3-0 going top 3rd..here's a quick recap...after an error and a single, Tony Watson balked in a run, then balked again to move a runner to 3rd, then USF bunted with a runner on 3rd and 2 outs, and Watson's throw wasn't in time....Nebraska imploding here in Lincoln, they continue to struggle at the plate as they don't have a hit yet going to the 3rd...they have been hit by 2 pitches though...San Fran looking for it's biggest win in school history...trying for the 2nd straight upset of the Huskers
Give the game balls to Danny Gil, who in just his third start of his career, leads Miami to an 11-2 victory over San Francisco. Gil goes 5.1IP giving up just 3 hits, 2 runs (0ER), 3 walks and Gil also struck out 4.
The Hurricanes jumped all over WCC Player of the Year Scott Cousins, and scored 2 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, 1 in the 3rd and 3 here in the 6th...Dany Gil just left the game in the 6th, not bad for his 3rd career start! Valencia has 5 RBI for the Hurricanes and it's now 9-2...Valencia just hit one of the longest homeruns you'll see, and that spells the end Scott Cousins..more to come
Well, Chris Cody hung on for his 12th win of the year, and 9th complete game of the year. Manhattan picks up its biggest win in school history, and first ever postseason victory, as they had only played in one post season game before this one.
Joba Chamerlain came out of the ballgame here in the 8th, with 1st and 3rd and 1 out. Lefty Zach Herr came in and on a pickoff move to first, balked. First base umpire Steve Mattingly made the call, and Huskers head coach Mike Anderson came out to argue, but looking at the replay it did indeed look like Herr came home before going to first. That made it 3-1, and while writing this, Matt Rizzotti picked up a bloop single RBI to make it 4-1. It was Rizzotti's second RBI of the day afer hitting a solo homer in the 2nd. Herr just got Fitzpatrick to ground into a double play to end the inning, but Manhattan needed a couple of insurance runs desperately, and got them. Don't be surprised to see Chris Cody go all the way for the 9th time this year, even if his pitch count is elevated. Manhattan only has 4 saves all year long as Rene Guerra has 2 of them.
Nebraska rightifielder Andrew Brown just hit a triple into the nook and crany out in left center field, listed as 403 feet from home plate. If it was 401 feet from home plate, we have a tie ballgame here in Lincoln. With two shots to get Brown in to tie the game, the Huskers grounded out and struck out to end the threat. Chris Cody now has five strikeouts, and continues to work around some baserunners, as Nebraska has left six men on base now. Joba Chamberlain for Nebraska has been solid since giving up back to back shots back in the 2nd inning. He has a four hitter going and now has racked up six strikeouts. We have quite the pitchers duel going on here in Nebraska.
I find it really fun when Manhattan does something, there is a pocket of Jaspers fans just to the right of their dugout, and it's easy to spot because they're the only ones not wearing red or white!
Chris Cody has been as good as advertised so far in this one. Through four innings, Cody has given up just one run on 3 hits, two of those coming by first baseman Brandon Buckman. He got out of a 1st and 2nd with no one out jam in the 4th, with giving up just one run. Cody has Nebraska so off balance, on a few occassions, they've almost fallen down following through on their backswing! We'll see if he can keep it up...His line thus far: 4IP 1ER 3H 0BB 2HBP (1HBP deflected of Bryce Nimmo's helmet, and both were in the third inning)....The Husker fans are itching to cheer for anything!! And there is a lot of RED here in the diamond view suite, because it's air conditioned! 84 degrees out, no humidity, barely a cloud in the sky, and no breeze!
I didn't think i was going to post again so soon, but after Joba Chamberlain was able to get Manhattan in order in the first, including two strikeouts, Matt Rizzotti and John Fitzpatrick hit the first two pitches in the inning over the fence!! Talk about stunning nearly 8,000 people all at once!! 2-0 Jaspers still in the top of the 2nd, they have a runner on first with 2 outs...Chris Cody for Manhattan looked impressive in the first, getting the Huskers 1-2-3...
Arriving at any college baseball park two and a half hours before gametime would usually lead to empty parking lots and a handful of scouts leaning up against the screen chatting things up. But this is certainly not the case at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.
After five hours of flying and a three hour layover in Chicago, I have finally made it to Lincoln, Nebraska. It's my first time here and I just wanted to let everyone in on how great this little city (or big town?) is. I'll keep this first entry short and sweet, and save my words for when the games begin tomorrow afternoon, but this town is 'Husker crazed.