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Miami ousts FSU at College World Series

Luke Smierciak and FSU could not win a title in coach Mike Martin’s 14th Series berth.

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Luke Smierciak and FSU could not win a title in coach Mike Martin’s 14th Series berth.

OMAHA, Neb. — Carlos Gutierrez got the job done this time, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth as Miami eliminated Florida State from the College World Series with a 7-5 victory Monday.

Miami (53-10) faces Stanford at 7 p.m. Wednesday in another elimination game.

The Seminoles (54-14) had 18 hits but stranded 17, a Series record for nine innings. And they leave Omaha having failed to win the first title in coach Mike Martin's 14th Series appearance.

"Obviously, I'm a little disappointed," catcher and national player of the year Buster Posey said. "But at the same time, it's been my goal to get here, and still making it here is a great accomplishment."

Down 7-2 in the ninth, FSU rallied against Gutierrez, whose error in the ninth Saturday helped lead to a 7-4 loss to Georgia. The Seminoles scored three runs on four singles and two walks. But after Gutierrez walked Posey to load the bases, Jack Rye hit a grounder to second for a forceout.

"My heart can't take many games like that," Miami coach Jim Morris said. "You don't feel safe with a five-run lead going into the ninth. They just hit the ball hard and kept battling back."

Georgia 4, Stanford 3: Matt Cerione's seventh-inning single brought home the tying and winning runs for the Bulldogs. Georgia will have two chances (Friday and Saturday) to beat the Miami-Stanford winner and advance to the final.

Men's basketball

USF recruit: Augustus "Gus" Gilchrist, a power forward/center who left Maryland after one semester, became the eighth and highest-rated member of USF's class. Scout.com ranked him ninth among centers and 55th overall, Rivals.com 14th among power forwards and 52nd overall. The Bulls will apply for a hardship waiver that would allow the 6-foot-10, 235-pounder to play this fall without sitting out a year as normally required. In any case, he will have four seasons of eligibility.

Clemson: Ex-Clearwater High star Josh Postorino was named an assistant. He played for and was an assistant under coach Oliver Purnell at Dayton.

football: West Virginia quarterback Charlie Russell left the team after not playing as a redshirt freshman. Russell, who led nearby Morgantown High to two state titles, chose the Mountaineers over Kentucky, Nebraska and North Carolina.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

Miami ousts FSU at College World Series 06/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2008 9:49am]
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