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.
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.