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Miami, Rice pick up Series victories

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003

OMAHA, Neb. Joey Hooft and Jim Burt homered, and reliever Shawn Valdes-Fauli shut down Southwest Missouri State, leading Miami to a 7-5 victory in a College World Series elimination game Monday.

Miami (45-16-1) will play Texas on Tuesday in another elimination game. The winner of that matchup will face Rice on Wednesday.

SMS (40-26) went two games and out in its first trip to the College World Series.

Miami took a 6-2 lead into the eighth inning, but it was a one-run game after Shaun Marcum's three-run homer into the left-field bleachers off George Huguet.

Vince Bongiovanni (8-4) got the win after giving up two runs on nine hits in six innings. Valdes-Fauli earned his fifth save. Brad Ziegler (12-2) allowed seven hits and four runs two earned in six innings.

Rice 12, Texas 2

OMAHA, Neb. Wade Townsend struck out 10 and gave up two hits in the last six innings, and Rice used a seven-run sixth inning to pull away.

The Owls (55-11) will play either Texas (49-19) or Miami (45-16-1) on Wednesday.

The loss was Texas' second-worst in 119 CWS games. The Longhorns' most lopsided defeat was an 11-run loss to Arizona in 1963.

It was the first loss in six CWS games for the defending national champions, who won four straight last year and beat Miami 13-2 in their Series opener Saturday.

Townsend (11-1) gave up two runs in the opening inning, then settled down and dominated the Longhorns. He came within one out of pitching his first complete game.

Texas starter Justin Simmons (5-6) lasted four innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs.



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