Miami Beats Ala. in College Series
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Alex Santos threw a four-hitter, Kevin Brown homered off the left field foul pole and Miami collected 14 hits in a 8-1 victory over Alabama at the College World Series on Sunday.
Santos (12-3), a fourth-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays earlier this month, saw the end of a 13-inning streak in Omaha without allowing an earned run but he didn’t give up much more.
He struck out six and walked four in 6 2-3 innings and the top-seeded Hurricanes (48-13) helped him by scoring three runs in the seventh to stretch a 3-1 lead and break open a pitching duel with Alabama’s Manny Torres (10-3).
Michael Neu threw the last 2 1-3 innings to earn his 14th save as Miami ended Alabama’s 16-game winning streak.
The fifth-seeded Crimson Tide (52-15) fell into a loser’s bracket game Tuesday. Alabama will meet the winner of Sunday night’s game between Oklahoma State and Rice while Miami won’t play again until Wednesday.
Santos allowed only an infield hit through five innings but Andy Phillips hit a leadoff double in the top of the sixth to stretch his SEC-record hitting streak to 35 games.
G.W. Keller followed with a first-pitch double to the corner in left, scoring Phillips to pull the Tide within 2-1. It was the first earned run off Santos at the CWS since he lost to Alabama as a freshman in the 1997 tournament.
Santos responded by striking out Jeremy Brown, Kelley Gulledge and Darren Wood.
Brown gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead when he hit the first pitch in the bottom of the fourth off the left field foul pole.
Miami coach Jim Morris, standing in the third base coach’s box, followed the flight of the ball, then raised his hand to signal the homer. A second later, so did third base umpire Randy Burns.
The Hurricanes extended the lead to 2-0 in the fifth when Brian Seever drew a two-out walk and moved to third on a single by Manny Crespo. The ball dropped in front of diving Alabama left fielder Darren Wood.
Crespo took a big lead off first to lure Torres into a pickoff attempt, and Seever raced home and crossed the plate before first baseman Jeremy Brown could tag Crespo for the third out.
The Hurricanes made it 3-1 in the sixth. Lale Esquivel led off with a bloop double that dropped as center fielder Keller bumped into second baseman Sam Bozanich. Mike Rodriguez singled over third to score Esquivel.
Torres went 6 1-3 innings, allowing six earned runs and 10 hits while striking out eight.