Stanford got hot, Miami was not, and the Hurricanes go home
OMAHA, Neb. -- At the end, Miami's multi-talented, top-ranked baseball team looked just like its coach Wednesday night at the College World Series.
Sapped by the flu.
The Hurricanes -- with three players who were selected in the first round of the Major League draft earlier this month, and three others that got taken before the fifth round -- got handcuffed by three unheralded Stanford pitchers and eliminated by the Cardinal 8-3 in Rosenblatt Stadium.
Since the NCAA went in 1999 to its current format of seeding the top eight teams entering the postseason tournament, Miami's 1999 club is the only No. 1 seed to win the championship.
"We had everything that you need in a good ball club," junior right fielder Dennis Raben said. "We had good pitching, a good bullpen. Offense and defense. We just weren't hot out here."
The Hurricanes got off to an encouraging start against right-handed freshman Danny Sandbrink, as Blake Tekotte and Jemile Weeks both reached on infield hits that would eventually produce a run.
But Sandbrink would yield nothing else before giving way to right-handed senior Erick Davis in the fifth inning. By then, the Cardinal led 3-1, and Sean Ratliff's 22nd homer of the season in the bottom half would ignite a game-breaking four-run outburst.
Miami entered the Series with a .322 team batting average, but in three games here hit just .276.
What's more, the 'Canes were just 5-for-32 (.156) with runners in scoring position.
"We really hadn't been hot at the end," Jim Morris said of a club that won 53 games to tie for the most in his 15 seasons at Miami. In the middle of the season I felt like we could beat anybody at any time.
"... We didn't get it going out here. The team that wins out here is not necessarily the best club, it's the team that gets hot."
Stanford is one of two teams that made it to Omaha minus a top-eight national seed. The other, Fresno State, is 2-0 in the other bracket and one win from advancing to the championship series. The Bulldogs await the winner of Thursday's North Carolina-LSU contest.
Meanwhile, the Cardinal need to defeat Georgia twice to make the final.
"They outplayed us, really, in every phase," Morris said. "They've gotten here by beating really good people, so no question in my mind they'll be [in] a battle."
Curt McKeever is a reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star.
ROAD TO OMAHA
Bracket | Schedule/results
College World Series finals -- Game 3• Griffin: Fresno State's title is good for sport
• Griffin: From the land of misfits, a champion
• Fresno State shocks Georgia for first CWS title
• Around the Horn: Ace effort
College World Series finals -- Game 2• Griffin: Early struggles spark postseason success
• Fresno State forces Game 3 in 19-10 win
• Around the Horn: Know when to Holden
College World Series finals -- Game 1• Griffin: Beckham calls the shots | Recap
• Around the Horn: Can the Bulldogs bounce back?
• Kimmey: Burning Questions
College World Series -- Day 9• Merrill: CWS attracts a colorful crowd
• Georgia bounces back in big way
• Fresno State stuns UNC to advance to CWS
• Around the Horn: Magic Men
College World Series -- Day 8• McKeever: Georgia's Poythress of steel | Recap
• North Carolina evades elimination on Saturday
• Around the Horn: Flack Attack
College World Series -- Day 7• Pitching powers UNC past LSU | Recap
• Around the Horn: Perfect Pitch
College World Series -- Day 6• North Carolina-LSU suspended because of rain
College World Series -- Day 5• Stanford pitches by committee | Recap
• Around the Horn: Sick Feeling
College World Series -- Day 4• LSU is the Dean of Comebacks | Recap
• Fresno State within a win from the CWS finals
• Around the Horn: Wild Card
College World Series -- Day 3• Miami gets out of a hairy situation | Recap
• Georgia rallies in seventh to edge Stanford
• Around the Horn: Where the wild things are
College World Series -- Day 2• Merrill: Fresno's mighty heart | Recap
• UNC escapes LSU's rally
• Arround the Horn: White's Stripes
College World Series -- Day 1• Merrill: Stanford stuns Florida State | Recap
• Georgia rallies in ninth to down top-seed Miami
• Around the Horn: Fields' Day
College World Series Preview• Merrill: Fresno is crashing the CWS party
• Schlabach: Ring is the thing for FSU's Martin
• Albright: LSU's long and winding road
• Haller: Bulldog mentality suits Fresno State
• Dinich: Hernandez tapped for Miami greatness
• Norwood: Castro making name for himself
• Kimmey: Five burning questions
Super Regional Features• Haller: Fresno State extends Cinderella streak
• Albright: LSU sends Alex Box out in style
• Dinich: Balance key to Miami's success
• Schlabach: FSU survives Wichita, fans
• Norwood: Stanford completes comeback
Super Regional Previews• Griffin: Rice duo eases fans' worries
• Schlabach: Draft on the minds of Georgia stars
• Coaching keys Fullerton's success
• Dinich: NC State's 'pen shuts the door
• Kimmey: Burning super regional questions
Regional Coverage• Griffin: Aggies got a new attitude
• Norwwod: New faces, same story for Fullerton
• Schlabach: Georgia rallies -- again
• McKeever: (Ant)Eaters your hearts out
• Dinich: NC State shows grit
• Griffin: Rice's win is thrice as nice
• Recaps: Monday | Sunday
Regional Previews• Kimmey: Six regional burning questions
• BA: Region-by-region preview
• Albright: UNC's throwing pains
• Albright: ACC's tournament contenders