CWS: Season Over for the Canes, Fall 8-1

CanesTime Publisher
Posted Jun 20, 2006


OMAHA, Neb. -- The Miami Hurricanes baseball team completed their 2006 season at the College World Series after an 8-1 loss to Oregon State. Miami finished the season with a 42-24 record after winning their 13th consecutive regional and making their 22nd appearance in the CWS.

Carlos Gutierrez (9-7) made his first start since May 19 and struggled with his command.

It was not the triumph return he had hoped for as he allowed four runs and four hits in two innings walking one and striking out three.

"We felt he may have lost a little bit," said Miami coach Jim Morris, on taking him out in the third inning. "He was throwing a lot of pitches and wasn't hitting his spots. But he had good stuff. It just seemed he ran out of gas."

Gutierrez, a sophomore, was told he would need Tommy John surgery that would have kept him out until the 2008 season after feeling discomfort in a May 6 start, but later found out he would just need minor off-season surgery and is expected to be healthy by fall practices.

After allowing three straight hits to start the third inning he was pulled in favor of Marcelo Albir who gave up two hits in four batters, before Jon McLean came in to get the final out.

After OSU was done batting in the third they had a commanding 5-0 lead.

"(Oregon State) played very, very well tonight," Morris said. "Their pitching was outstanding. They swung the bat well and played outstanding defense."

Shea McFeely extended the lead to 6-0 when he hit a home run to deep left field in the fourth inning. It was the first ever home run by Oregon State at the College World Series spanning seven games.

OSU added another run in the fifth and it was not until the bottom of the fifth when Miami got the first hit of the game.

Eddy Rodriguez hit a soft line drive to centerfield as the 'Canes were no-hit through 4 2/3 innings by Mike Stutes.

Dennis Raben finally got Miami on the scoreboard in the seventh inning with a deep home run to right field. It was his eighth home run of the season.

Stutes (8-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run, four hits, and one walk. He struck out three.

"Our bats were slow tonight," Morris said. "We ran out of gas and I'm not quite sure why that is. We weren't hitting the ball the way we have been hitting it."

Oregon State (46-15) will face Rice (57-11) tomorrow at 9 p.m. while North Carolina (52-13) will take on Cal-State Fullerton (50-14) at 5 p.m.

Although the Hurricanes season is officially over there are some interesting situations to keep track of during the off-season.

Rodriguez, a 20th-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds, is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award given to the top collegiate catcher. The winner will be announced at a banquet in Wichita, Kan. on June 28.

The junior from Coral Gables has not decided whether or not he will be back next year.

Danny Valencia, also a junior, has a decision to make after being drafted in the 19th round by the Minnesota Twins.

Juniors RHP Chris Perez (1st round, St. Louis), OF Jon Jay (2nd round, St. Louis), and RHP Ricky Orta (4th round, Seattle) are expected to sign pro contracts with their respective teams.

The 2007 Hurricanes will have four key players in the lineup as 2B Jemile Weeks, 1B Yonder Alonso, OF Dennis Raben, and OF Blake Tekotte will all be sophomores.

"I think we have a good core for next year," Raben said. "With Jemile at the top of the order and Blake has the potential to hit at the top of the order. Me and Yonder bring some power so I think we have a good core for our lineup. We just need a couple other guys to step it up."

"We have some great things to look forward to next year," Morris said.


GUTIERREZ BREAKDOWN

Gutierrez showed no ill effects of velocity in his fastball in the first inning. Typically he hits at the 90-92 mph range.

Against the first batter of the game he threw a 94 mph fastball.

High on adrenaline, he settled down and was right back at his typical range, 90-92 for the rest of the first inning.

Despite the long layoff in between starts he was effective in throwing his off-speed pitches in the first inning throwin six off-speed pitches and getting them over for strikes.

He started off the second inning showing excellent control of his fastball striking out Mike Canham, a lefthanded hitter, with an inside fastball at the knees. He got a strikeout to end the inning as well when he went inside on Shea McFeely, a righthanded hitter, and got him to swing and miss.

But in the third inning he lost some velocity on his fastball immediately and was throwing the ball in the dirt. His velocity dipped to the 87-89 range and could not get his off-speed over for strikes.

After three straight hits in the third he was lifted. He threw 45 pitches, 27 for strikes.


Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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