Miami 6, Alabama 1
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Mandy Jacomino didn’t score any points with his coach after making a diplomatic slip following his big day at the plate that lifted Miami to a 6-1 victory over Alabama on Monday in the second round of the College World Series.
It was the second year in a row the Hurricanes (51-16) beat the top-seeded Crimson Tide (53-13) in the winners’ final of their CWS bracket. A year ago, Miami thumped Alabama 15-1.
``When I picked up a paper all I was reading was SEC this, SEC that,″ said Jacomino, who went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer. ``I figured, what’s the big deal?″
Hurricanes coach Jim Morris shook his head and offered some help.
``Let me answer this for Mandy because he’s getting himself in trouble,″ Morris said. ``You don’t do all the things Alabama did this year without a great ball club.″
The fifth-seeded Hurricanes next play Thursday night against the winner of Tuesday night’s elimination game between Alabama and Mississippi State.
It was the first time this season the Crimson Tide didn’t score at least two runs in a game and the first time they went consecutive games without a home run. Alabama, which had 153 homers during the season, didn’t hit one in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Mississippi State.
``We really haven’t gotten it going on offense in a long time,″ Alabama coach Jim Wells said. ``We got some key guys to come up with runners on and never got the hit, the timely hit.″
Miami scored 10 runs in the third inning against the Tide in last year’s second-round game and used the same inning to grab the lead again this time.
Rick Saggese and Jason Michaels singled before Aubrey Huff singled with two outs for the first run. Jacomino followed with his homer that just cleared the right field fence. It was his ninth of the season.
``He gave me a fastball and I turned on it,″ Jacomino said of the pitch from Pete Fisher (9-3). ``I was just trying to drive the ball in the gap. I hit and lined drive and luckily it got out.″
Alabama, the seventh-highest scoring team in the country this season with an average of more than 10 runs a game, couldn’t get a runner past second base against Miami starter Darin Spassoff (9-5) until the sixth. Andy Phillips led off with a double, moved to third on a fly ball and scored on Dustan Mohr’s sacrifice fly to center.
Spassoff then walked Robbie Tucker and was relieved by Eddy Reyes, who gave up an RBI single to Matt Frick before getting the final out.
Spassoff went 5 2-3 innings, allowing five hits and one earned run. Reyes allowed four hits over 3 1-3 innings in picking up his second save.
Joe Caruso had four hits for Alabama.
``If the ball doesn’t leave the yard, we don’t have an offense,″ Caruso said. ``They got us out all day pitching the ball away.″
``That was definitely a part of the game plan _ throw away, mix it up, bring it in,″ Spassoff said. ``I just said if they’re going to beat me, they’re going to beat me going hard.″
Jacomino doubled to help Miami get the run back in the bottom of the sixth and he scored on Brad Brewer’s bloop single to right. Huff, Jacomino and Mike Lopez-Coa had consecutive singles for another Miami run in the seventh.