OMAHA–Miami’s greatest strengths are its powerful offense and air-tight defense, and both of those things have deserted the ‘Canes so far today. After Sean Ratliff’s home run, an error by Miami third baseman Mark Sobolewski led to a pair of unearned runs for Stanford, with Cord Phelps’ two-run triple to right-center providing the big blow. Hurricanes center fielder Blake Tekotte covered a lot of ground and nearly made a sensational diving catch near the warning track, but the ball just got past him. It was a gamble well worth taking with two outs and a chance to save two critical runs.
Instead, Miami is down 7-1, and their bats have been deathly silent. The first two batters of the game recorded infield hits, but Miami hasn’t gotten a hit since. With one out in the sixth, a comeback seems quite unlikely–especially with Erik Davis dealing and hard-throwing closer Drew Storen waiting in the wings.
One other note: Phelps is now just a home run away from the cycle.