Saturday, June 17, 2006
Raben knocks in four as Miami mauls Oregon State
OMAHA, Neb. -- Miami got comfortable at the College World
Series really quickly after a year's absence.
Dennis Raben homered and drove in four runs and Scott Maine
combined with two relievers for a six-hitter in Miami's 11-1
victory over Oregon State on Saturday night.
Jon Jay and Tommy Giles had three RBI apiece as the Hurricanes,
in Omaha for the 22nd time in 32 years, won their CWS opener for
the first time in their last three appearances.
The unseeded Hurricanes, which lost four out of five games to
end May, have won six of seven in the NCAA tournament, averaging 10
runs a game.
"Going out here tonight and winning 11-1 and swinging the bats
like we did and Scott pitching like he did against a nationally
ranked team like Oregon State, I think we're coming out here
showing everybody we're for real," Raben said.
Miami (42-22) moves to a Monday game against second-seeded Rice,
which defeated Georgia 6-4 in the afternoon. Oregon State (44-15)
meets the seventh-seeded Bulldogs in a Bracket 2 elimination game
"I'm very excited about the game we played tonight," Miami
coach Jim Morris said. "We played the game tonight about as well
as we could have played."
The Beavers played Tulane and Baylor close in losses at last
year's CWS. The only returning team from the 2005 CWS field, Oregon
State never threatened against the Hurricanes.
Miami scored five runs in the first two innings against Dallas
Buck (12-3). The Beavers' starter didn't come out for the sixth
after giving up a two-run homer to Raben that put Miami up 7-0.
Raben hit a two-run double in the first. After Buck walked the
bases loaded in the second, Giles sent a drive into the
right-center gap for a three-run double and a 5-0 lead.
Danny Valencia doubled leading off the fifth and Raben followed
with his third homer in seven NCAA tournament games and seventh of
"I didn't make pitches when I needed to, and I put too many
guys on," Buck said. "I didn't do all the things that made me
Rain delayed the game 1 hour, 34 minutes between the seventh and
"I hate rain delays," Morris said. "As soon as you find out
we're ready to play, you have to refocus. A seven-run lead can
disappear very, very quickly against a club like Oregon State."
Any concern Morris had about a possible letdown ended when Jay
hit a bases-loaded triple in a four-run eighth against Eddie Kunz.
"We feel we're a better club than what we showed tonight," OSU
coach Pat Casey said. "The nice thing about this tournament is
that it's double elimination."
Maine (12-3) bounced back from a dismal outing in the super
regionals last week when he was roughed up for eight runs and nine
hits in 4 2/3 innings against Mississippi.
The sophomore left-hander allowed four hits in seven innings
against the Beavers. He walked two and struck out three.
"An early lead definitely helps and takes the pressure off,"
Maine said. "The command of my pitches was really good. With the
guys scoring runs throughout the game, it definitely helped."
Cole Gillespie hit an RBI triple off Jon McLean in the eighth
for Oregon State's only run.
"Today was bad. Monday hopefully will be better," Beavers
catcher Mitch Canham said. "The main idea is just to flush it and
be prepared for the next game."