Hurricanes win another College World Series

Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2001

OMAHA, Neb. -- Kevin Brown hit a home run and had five RBIs Saturday, leading Miami to its second College World Series championship in three years with a 12-1 rout of Stanford.

Miami ended the season with a 17-game winning streak and became the 18th team to go undefeated in the College World Series.

Kevin Mannix drove in three runs for the Hurricanes (53-12), who won their fourth national title, the others coming in 1982, 1985, 1999.

The Hurricanes capitalized on Danny Matienzo's fly ball to right that was lost in the sun and fell for an RBI double, sparking a four-run third inning

Tom Farmer (15-2), Luke DeBold and Alex Prendes combined to hold the Cardinal to five hits. The loss stopped a four-game winning streak for Stanford (51-17), which also lost in last year's championship game 5-4 to LSU.

With runners on first and second and one out, Matienzo lifted a ball into right that Carlos Quentin appeared to settle under. But Quentin, not wearing sunglasses, threw his hands up to indicate he couldn't see the ball. It bounced about 20 feet behind him, allowing a run to score.

Stanford starter Mike Gosling (7-3) then walked Kevin Howard, and Mannix followed with a bases-clearing double down the right-field line to make it 4-0. The Hurricanes added five more runs in the fifth.

Javy Rodriguez hit a leadoff double, and Matienzo and Howard hit consecutive singles to make it 5-0. Jeff Bruksch came on and got one out before Brown hit a three-run homer.

Kris Clute singled and Greg Lovelady reached on shortstop Scott Dragicevich's error before Mike Wodnicki came in. Charlton Jimerson hit an infield single to load the bases, and Mike Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 9-0.

Gosling allowed seven runs and seven hits in four innings, while Bruksch gave up two runs -- one earned -- in two-thirds of an inning.

The Cardinal scored their lone run in the sixth when Arik VanZandt walked, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Sam Fuld's bunt single.

Brown, who had 10 RBIs in the College World Series, added two more in the sixth on a double. Fuld saved an extra basehit in center field, but the ball dropped out of his glove when he hit the wall and two runs scored to make it 11-1.

The Hurricanes added another run in the eighth on Jim Burt's single that Quentin overran.

Farmer allowed one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings, DeBold gave up one hit in 2 1-3 relief innings, and Prendes pitched a perfect ninth for Miami.

Stanford won national championships in 1987 and '88. This was the first time the teams played since Stanford beat Miami 15-7 in a 1991 regional.

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