College World Series
Thursday, September 18

OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- The first meeting between Miami and Louisiana State since the 1996 championship game produced some early fireworks and a different result.

Gaby Sanchez snapped a fifth-inning tie with an RBI single and Adam Ricks added a two-run homer as the Hurricanes posted a 9-5 victory over LSU in the College World Series.

In a matchup of programs that have combined for nine national championships and 34 appearances in the CWS, Miami (50-11) prevailed and advanced to meet Cal State Fullerton on Monday. LSU (46-18) will face Southeastern Conference rival South Carolina in an elimination game.

"You've got to win five games to win this tournament," Miami coach Jim Morris said. "It's always big to win the first one, now the biggest game is the next game. Winning the first game puts you in the driver's seat."

The last meeting between the high-profile programs resulted in Warren Morris' dramatic homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving LSU a 9-8 victory in 1996.

In the rematch, both starters had early problems as the game was tied at 5-5 after two innings. Tigers starter Nate Bumstead was chased after a four-pitch walk to Erick San Pedro to start the third. Bumstead was tagged for five runs and eight hits in two-plus innings.

"I thought my stuff was pretty good," Bumstead said. "My fastball was good. My changeup was on today."

Hurricanes starter Cesar Carrillo (12-0) settled down from his rough start, yielding five runs - two earned - and seven hits in eight innings. Carrillo gave up just two hits after the second inning and retired 19 of his final 23 hitters.

"I got my rhythm going," Carrillo said. "Likewise, I knew that if I gave up some runs early my teammates would back me up."

Sanchez's single off LSU reliever Jason Determann (6-5) with two outs in the fifth inning scored San Pedro for a 6-5 lead. Miami padded its cushion in the sixth as Jon Jay tripled in a run before Ricks' 11th homer of the season.

Miami closer Danny Gil finished up by working a hitless ninth inning. Gil has not allowed a run in his last 11 appearances since a May 2 contest against Coastal Carolina in which he failed to retire a batter.

Carrillo was able to quiet a lineup that features seven .300 hitters. The Nos. 3-6 hitters were a combined 1-for-12 for LSU.

"We knew we had to come out early and swing the bats," LSU coach Smoke Laval said. "We knew Carrillo would get stronger as the game goes on. We matched them early."

LSU lost its CWS opener for the second straight year.


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