Miami (FL) 6 Jacksonville 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Miami looked to be heading home early Sunday afternoon, but a late rally overcame a three-run deficit to defeat Jacksonville, 6-3, at McKethan Stadium in the Gainesville [Fla.] Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
The win setup a rematch with No. 1 seed and No. 2 national seed Florida later in the day, and eliminated Jacksonville (37-24) from the regional.
Down 3-0 in the eighth inning, the Hurricanes (38-22) appeared to be headed towards elimination but the momentum switched over to the orange and green when Rony Rodriguez hit a long home run to left field to get the Canes on the board. It was the team-leading 13th homer of the season for the junior.
With one out in the inning, Brad Fieger worked a walk and Stephen Perez singled to left. Dale Carey then hit into a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning. Jacksonville looked like they were going to escape the jam when JU pitcher Chris Kaminski got ahead of the count, 0-2, to Chris Pelaez, but the senior came through with an RBI single to score Perez, prolonging the rally.
Florida 11 Miami (FL) 4
Junior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) drove in five runs, junior left-hander Alex Panteliodis (Tampa, Fla.) carried a shutout into the seventh inning and top-seeded Florida (48-17) exploded for eight runs on seven hits in the third frame on its way to an 11-4 victory over second-seeded Miami (Fla.) (38-23) to capture the NCAA Gainesville Regional on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The Gators notched their third-straight Regional title and secured their fifth Super Regional berth in school history, all in the past eight years (2004-05-09-10-11). It was the third year in a row that UF has ended Miami’s season.
Next weekend, UF will host the winner of the Atlanta Regional, with Georgia Tech (42-20) needing to defeat Mississippi State (36-23) tonight and tomorrow in order to advance. Start times and dates for next weekend’s eight best-of-three series around the country will be announced by the NCAA late Monday night.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate Miami, they’ve got a great ballclub and had a great year,” head coachKevin O’Sullivan said. “I think today, Nolan (Fontana) set the tone with a two-strike leadoff single. I thought Bryson (Smith) had a really good at bat. For (Preston) Tucker to swing at the first pitch, to give us a 3-0 lead, gave Alex (Panteliodis) a little breathing room. I would say we were really good offensively in the third inning.”
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