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’Canes blow past Dartmouth 12-8

June 5, 2010
From AP wire reports

CORAL GABLES - Harold Martinez hit his 20th home run in a six-run first inning, Michael Broad drove in four runs and Miami took an 11-run lead before holding on to beat Dartmouth 12-8 Friday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament's Coral Gables Regional.

Chris Pelaez finished with four RBI for the Hurricanes (41-17), who play Texas A&M in a winners' bracket game Saturday.

Joe Scalfani hit a pair of home runs for Dartmouth (26-18), which scored four times in the eighth and tacked on two more in the ninth. The Big Green play Florida International Saturday in an elimination game.

Hurricanes starter Eric Whaley threw four shutout innings and Joey Lovecchio (1-0) got the win in relief.

Kyle Hendricks (4-6) took the loss.

Texas A&M 17, FIU 3: Garrett Wittels was cramping in the third inning, and initially resisted when trainers told him to take a quick bag of intravenous fluids.

Good thing he changed his mind. He revived - then kept his hitting streak alive.

With a sixth-inning double, the Florida International sophomore extended his streak to 55 games, moving within three of matching Robin Ventura's Division I record set 23 years ago. Wittels finished 1-for-4, and the Golden Panthers lost to Texas A&M.

"The only positive thing about today," FIU coach Turtle Thomas said, "is the young man to my left getting a base hit."

Frustrated with himself after flying out to short right with runners on the corners in the first inning, Wittels chopped a ball to third base with two outs in the third inning. He took a misstep coming out of the box, stopping 60 feet shy of first base and grabbing his right calf in obvious discomfort, but took his spot in the field at second base for the bottom of the inning.

Leading off the sixth, Wittels watched as Texas A&M starter Barrett Loux started with three balls out of the strike zone.

Wittels hit a sharp liner that rose just enough to get over the glove of Aggies second baseman Adam Smith and dropped into the right-center gap for an easy double. It is the first time in the 55-game streak that Wittels extended it on a 3-0 count this season.

Wittels will try for a 56th straight game Saturday when FIU (36-24) meets Dartmouth (26-18) in an elimination game.

Oregon State 6, Florida Atlantic 4: Oregon State coach Pat Casey wasn't sure what to expect from his young team after landing a disappointing No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, enduring a cross-country trip and having an early start time thousands of miles from home.

Tyler Smith homered and drove in three runs, Greg Peavey pitched six solid innings and Oregon State beat Florida Atlantic in the opening game of the Gainesville regional Friday.

The Beavers (32-22), ranked early in the year before slipping out of contention in the Pac-10, won for the 11th time in 16 games and advanced to play either Florida or Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.

Smith came up big in the latest victory. The freshman lined a homer to left in the second inning, his first since March, and second in 134 at-bats. He added an RBI single in Oregon State's four-run fourth.

Smith was one of three freshmen in Casey's lineup, which has gained tons of confidence since losing 11 of 12 during that midseason slump.

The Beavers didn't even blink after the long trip or after a 3-hour, 15-minute rain delay to start the opener.

"It's tough, but this time of year I would hope you could block all those things out and use that energy that you have when you're young like these guys and just go out and play and have a good time and enjoy it," Casey said.

Peavey (6-3) may have enjoyed it more than anyone else. He allowed nine hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings, and won consecutive starts for the first time this season. He struck out seven, walked none and got out of jams in the first and second innings.

Florida Atlantic (35-23) lost its third straight. Ace Mike Gipson (8-2) was tagged for eight hits and six runs in six innings.

Florida St. 11, Central Connecticut St. 3: Brian Busch allowed one earned run over 6 2/3 innings to lead Florida State past Central Connecticut State.

The Seminoles (43-17) trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, but took advantage of a walk and a hit batter to lead off the inning. With two outs, Mike McGee laced a two-run single to center to give Florida State the lead for good.

Florida State broke it open with three runs in the seventh and four in the eighth. James Ramsey went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Jayce Boyd had three hits for the Seminoles.

Starter Dave Krasnowiecki allowed one run for the Blue Devils (33-22) until McGee's hit in the fifth. Danny Hickey had two RBI for Central Connecticut.



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