Long Beach St. 6, Miami 3
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Chuck Lopez’s high-bouncing grounder in the ninth drove in two runs, breaking a 3-3 tie and sparking Long Beach State to a 6-3 victory over Miami that eliminated the state of Florida from the College World Series.
The 49ers (43-22-1) loaded the bases against Miami’s ace closer, Robbie Morrison (2-2), who earlier Tuesday was drafted in the second round by the Kansas City Royals.
Lopez’s bouncer went over the head of Miami second baseman Manny Crespo, scoring Jason Yount from third and Sam Monroy from second, the latter beating a throw to the plate to put Long Beach State ahead 5-3.
Terrmel Sledge moved to third on the hit and scored on Morrison’s wild pitch.
Florida, Miami and Florida State were the top three seeds in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament, but only Miami managed so much as one victory _ and that was over the Long Beach State team that came back through the losers bracket to eliminate the Hurricanes.
The loss spoiled the day for Miami designated hitter Pat Burrell, taken No. 1 in the amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Burrell was 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk, and he also reached on an error.
The Hurricanes (51-12), who scored only eight runs in three World Series games, appeared to become frustrated as the innings wore on and the 49ers wouldn’t give up.
It ended when Long Beach closer Jason Marr got his ninth save by retiring the side in the bottom of the ninth. German Alvarez struck out looking before Rick Saggese and Brian Seever flied out to center field.
Dennis Kordich (5-4), who entered with a runner on and two outs in the seventh, struck out Jason Michaels to end the threat. Kordich walked Burrell to begin the eighth, but the 49ers got their third double play and Jacobson then grounded out to second.
After the final out, Burrell buried his head in his hands in the dugout.
Justin Hall had a solo homer as Long Beach built a 2-0 lead and Miami tied it in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer by Aubrey Huff.
Miami led 3-2 after Bobby Hill’s single scored Saggese in the fifth. Long Beach tied it in the sixth on Yount’s single that brought in Mike Hota.