LINCOLN, Neb. -- Joba Chamberlain struck out 13 while
outdueling first-round draft pick Cesar Carrillo, and Nebraska beat
Miami 3-1 Friday in the opener of their NCAA super regional.
Daniel Bruce hit a tiebreaking home run in the fifth inning for
the Cornhuskers (55-13). Third-seeded Nebraska needs one win to
wrap up the best-of-three series and advance to the College World
Series -- 50 miles away in Omaha -- for the third time in five years.
If the Hurricanes (41-18-1) win Saturday, the teams will play a
deciding game on Sunday.
Chamberlain (9-2) left after giving up a leadoff single to Paco
Figueroa in the ninth inning, and Brett Jensen finished for his
Chamberlain's only problem came in the fifth, when he got a
cramp in his right calf. He drank a cup of water on the mound and
did some stretching, then caught Tomas Diaz looking at strike three
to highlight a stretch that saw him strike out five of six Miami
Carrillo (13-3), the Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the
year and the San Diego Padres' top pick in this week's draft, gave
up six hits in a complete game. He struck out seven.
Figueroa's fifth homer of the season gave Miami a 1-0 lead in
the fourth. Joe Simokaitis scored the tying run in the bottom half,
and Bruce hit his fifth homer in the next inning. Simokaitis made
it 3-1 with an RBI single in the eighth.