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