Alex Santos gave up just four hits in 6 2/3 innings, Kevin Brown homered off the left field foul pole and Miami collected 14 hits in a 8-1 victory over Alabama today at the College World Series.
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 in ending Alabama's 16-game winning streak.
He struck out six and walked four in his outing 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 worked the last 2 1/3 innings to earn his 14th save.
"I don't think it was as good as it has been in the past," Santos said. "Thankfully enough, I was able to throw strikes when I had to. But my control wasn't what it was supposed to be."
The fifth-seeded Crimson Tide (52-15) fell into a loser's bracket game Tuesday. Alabama will meet Rice (59-14), which eliminated Oklahoma State tonight, 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 Southeastern Conference-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.
"We just didn't do a good job of hitting the ball," Phillips said. "Probably the first 25 or 30 pitches he threw were fastballs. If you can't hit a fastball this time of the year, something's wrong."
RICE 7, OKLAHOMA ST. 2: Kenny Baugh pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Charles Williams went 3 for 5 as the eight-seeded Owls made the Cowboys the first team eliminated from the Series.
Williams had a triple and Zane Curry and Brett Smith each had doubles, and the Owls (59-14) collected seven singles against Oklahoma State left-hander Matt Smith (9-6).
Baugh (12-2), a right-hander, allowed nine hits but the Rice defense held up behind him. Baugh, who threw 130 pitches, had five strikeouts, walked four and hit one batter.
Jason Gray homered into the right field stands in the bottom of the eighth to stretch Rice's lead to 7-2. But the Owls already had put the game out of reach with three runs in the seventh.
The fourth-seeded Cowboys (46-21) missed plenty of chances earlier. Oklahoma State loaded the bases with no outs in the first and second innings but failed to score. The Cowboys stranded 12 runners, seven in scoring position.