For all his trips to the College World Series, Miami Coach Jim Morris never had a national title.
Kevin Brown and Michael Neu took care of that, though. Brown homered in the second inning and hit a three-run double in Miami's five-run fifth, leading the Hurricanes to a 6-5 victory over Florida State today in the championship game of the College World Series.
It was the third national championship for Miami (50-13) but the first for Morris, the only coach in NCAA history to bring his team to Omaha each of his first six seasons.
Since he arrived in Coral Gables, Morris has lived in the shadow of former coach Ron Fraser, who won titles in 1982 and 1985.
"Coach has been here the last six years," Brown said. "It's great to finally get it out of the way, and I'm just glad I could do my part."
With Florida State (57-14) leading 2-1, Marcus Nettles led off the fifth with a bloop single to left, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Kris Clute's single to right.
Bobby Hill singled up the middle and Clute went to third. Brian Seever grounded to shortstop Brett Groves for the second out, but rather than throw home to try and get Clute, Groves opted for the force.
After Blair Varnes walked the next two batters, loading the bases, Brown doubled up the gap in right.
Neu, meanwhile, worked the last two innings, retiring the side in the ninth for his 16th save. When he struck out Kevin Cash to end the game, the Hurricanes piled on him in the infield.
The Seminoles pulled within 6-4 in the seventh when Vince Vazquez walked Matt Diaz and Sam Scott, Jeremiah Klosterman grounded out and Cash singled in both runners.
Florida State made it 6-5 in the eighth. Ryan Barthelemy led off with a triple over the head of center fielder Seever and scored on John-Ford Griffin's sacrifice fly.
CAPTION: Miami's Manny Crespo, center, celebrates with Lale Esquivel following Kevin Brown's three-run double in the five-run fifth. Brown went 2 for 4 with 4 RBI.