Miami 6, Oklahoma St. 2
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Miami Coach Ron Fraser says stolen bases and successful hit-and-runs sparked his team offensively to aid ace reliever Rick Raether in Saturday’s 6-2 College World Series victory over Oklahoma State.
″We gambled a little bit and it could have backfired,″ Fraser said. ″We started to get them to move around a little bit and that was the difference.″
Mike Fiore doubled home the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth inning on a hit-and-run to score Rick Richardi from first.
The victory sends the third-ranked, 47-15 Hurricanes into Monday’s 7:10 p.m. CDT winners bracket contest against the winner of Saturday night’s Indiana State-Florida State contest.
Oklahoma State, fourth-ranked and 54-14, meets the nightcap loser in an elimination game at 7:10 p.m. Sunday. Seventh-ranked Maine, 41-22, meets second-ranked LSU, 54-13, in the 4:10 p.m. elimination game Sunday.
Oklahoma State picked up its two runs in the fourth when Jim Ifland walked, Jimmy Barragan singled and Scott Wilkinson singled to right to scored Ifland. The throw to the plate went into the stands and Barragan was waved home.
Miami evened the game with two unearned runs in the seventh when Greg Vaughn walked, stole second and moved to third on an error. He scored on a Fiore single. Richardi, who reached base on the error, went to third on Fiore’s hit and scored on Chris Howard’s ground out.
After knocking in Richardi in the ninth, Fiore scored when Chris Magno bounced a single up the middle. Howard tripled to score Magno with the fifth Miami run and Howard came home on Frank Dominguez’s single.
″We just didn’t get things going for a while,″ Fiore said. He gave the credit to Oklahoma State starter Jeff Bronkey, who took his fourth loss against 10 wins.
Bronkey allowed just two hits through eight innings and faced the minimum 18 batters in the first six innings.
″Bronkey gave me everything I hoped for tonight,″ Oklahoma State coach Gary Ward said. ″He had good stuff, good enough to win. In the late innings he got the ball when he got tired.″
Raether, 9-2, picked up the win in his 37th appearance of the year. Dan Davies helped set up the big right-hander with 3 1-3 innings of relief in which he struck out seven.
″Davies was outstanding,″ Ward said. ″A good deal of the credit in the win goes to that man. He spotted the ball well. He was a key to the game.″
Davies had been a starter all year for the Hurricanes. The CWS appearance was only his third relief effort of the season.
″I hadn’t been turning out the good starts so I couldn’t complain (about being used as a reliever),″ Davies said. ″I just wanted to help the ball club any way I could.″
″We needed Davies badly,″ Fraser said. ″We weren’t moving the ball and I was afraid of giving up the third run. He did all we asked.″