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Friday, June 2, 2006
Miami schools San Francisco in Lincoln

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Danny Valencia homered and drove in five runs and Danny Gil pitched a solid five-plus innings in a rare start, leading Miami to an 11-2 victory over San Francisco in the NCAA Lincoln Regional on Friday night.

The Hurricanes (37-21) play in the winner's bracket Saturday night against Manhattan (33-21), which upset No. 6 national seed Nebraska 4-1 in the day's first game. Miami beat the Jaspers 12-2 in a regular-season game March 15.

The Dons (38-22), in the NCAA tournament for the first time, meet Nebraska (42-16) in an elimination game Saturday afternoon.

Valencia's five RBIs were the most by a Miami player in the postseason since Danny Matienzo drove in six against Tennessee in the 2001 College World Series.

Valencia hit a bases-loaded single to put Miami up 5-0 in the second inning. Then in the sixth, after Danny Giles doubled and Jon Jay tripled, Valencia launched a three-run homer to left.

Dons' starter Scott Cousins (4-3) called it a night after Valencia's seventh homer of the season. Jason Dufloth relieved and saw Dennis Raben deposit his first pitch over the fence in left center.

Gil (3-2) lasted a career-long 5 1-3 innings in his third start of the season, and first since February. The junior right-hander had been Miami's primary setup man out of the bullpen before drawing Friday's start.

Gil gave up two runs, neither earned, on three hits and three walks. His last walk loaded the bases in the sixth inning and led to his being pulled for Jon McLean, who combined with Ricky Orta to finish the game.