Two days after the Miami closer’s two-run throwing error cost the Hurricanes a win in their College World Series opener, Gutierrez overcame another shaky ninth inning to seal a 7-5 victory over Florida State on Monday.
“I tell you, my heart can’t take many games like that right there,” Miami coach Jim Morris said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t feel safe with a five-run lead going into the ninth inning. They just hit the ball hard and kept battling back.”
Miami, the No. 1 national seed, plays Wednesday against Georgia. The Hurricanes (53-10) have not gone two-and-out in 20 CWS appearances since 1979. FSU (54-14) leaves Omaha after two games for the fourth time in 13 appearances under coach Mike Martin.
The Seminoles had 18 hits—four by national player of the year Buster Posey — but left 17 runners on base to set a CWS record for a nine-inning game.
Miami right fielder Dennis Raben attempts a leaping catch off a base hit ball by Florida State's Dennis Guinn in the third inning. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk)
Miami closing pitcher Carlos Gutierrez worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning as the Hurricanes held off Florida State 7-5 in a Bracket 1 elimination game. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)