The top-seeded Hurricanes’ high-powered offense just couldn’t take advantage when it counted most, stranding a dozen runners and failing to hit a long ball in an 8-3 elimination game loss to Stanford on Wednesday night.
“They outplayed us tonight,” Miami coach Jim Morris said. “They outplayed us, I guess, in every phase of the game: in pitching, defense and hitting.”
The final two innings told the story. The Hurricanes had the bases loaded with no outs in the eighth, but scored only one. In the ninth, there were runners on second and third with no outs, and this time, no one scored.
“We left too many guys on base,” Morris said. “We had some opportunities.”
Miami opened with single, bunt, two successful steals on Stanford star catcher Jason Castro, and an RBI sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead after one inning.
But the Hurricanes’ fortunes started to dim in sync with the Omaha skyline, and trying to match Stanford’s long-ball game proved futile.
The Cardinal, with one loss in the tournament and playing Georgia on Friday, scored two runs on a homer and two on a double. Cord Phelps was 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple.
Miami catcher Ben Vazquez sits in the dugout after Miami lost to Stanford 8-3 in an NCAA College World Series elimination baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)