Gators defeat Miami for trip to College World Series
Florida took an early lead, fell behind then rallied for a 4-3, 10-inning victory over Miami Saturday night in the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional in front of a record 5,783 at McKethan Stadium.
With the win, No. 3 Florida (47-15) advances to the College World Series, which begins June 19 in Omaha.
Florida trailed 3-2 after Miami’s Nathan Melendres - facing a 1-1 count and two outs – hit a three-run homer over the right field fence to give the Hurricanes their first lead in the bottom of the seventh.
But the Gators rebounded in the top of the ninth. Miami third baseman Michael Broad’s fielding error loaded the bases for Florida with one out, then later the Hurricanes (43-20) committed another costly error on a throw to first base by shortstop Stephen Perez and the Gators tied the game when Tampa’s Preston Tucker scored.
Florida scored the winning run on a double down the right field line by Austin Maddox that scored Nolan Fontana – who reached first base on a fielding error by the right fielder Chris Pelaez.
“I’ve been seeing the ball well all weekend,’’ Maddox said. “I got a good pitch to hit and came up big-time. I’ll remember that hit for the rest of my life.’’
The Hurricanes had a season-high seven errors, which tied the school record for errors dating back to 1978.
"Our main goal was to get to Omaha and we didn't so as a team we see it (the season) as a failure,'' UM starting pitcher Chris Hernandez said.