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Miami makes it four titles

The Hurricanes dominate Stanford 12-1 as Kevin Brown homers and has five RBI.

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© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 17, 2001


OMAHA, Neb. -- Danny Matienzo had practiced the celebration pileup with a few Miami teammates before the College World Series championship game. And after helping lead the Hurricanes to their second national title in three years, he decided there was nothing like the real thing.

"To be able to jump around with the whole team, it's amazing," the sophomore designated hitter said after Miami routed Stanford 12-1 on Saturday. "It's incredible when you're focused and when a team is together as one, what you can achieve. You can practically do anything."

Kevin Brown homered and had five RBI, and Kevin Mannix drove in three runs for the Hurricanes (53-12), who won their fourth national title (1982, '85 and '99 were the others).

"It's unbelievable," coach Jim Morris said. "It was a total team effort. We pitched great, played flawless defense and we swung the bats. You could never ask for any more than the way we played that game."

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

The Hurricanes capitalized on Matienzo's fly ball to right that was lost in the sun and fell for a run-scoring 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 last year's championship game to LSU.

"Obviously, we're disappointed because we didn't give them much of a game," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "They were the better team. And as they have the entire College World Series, they kind of exploded on us and we could get nothing going."

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 Javy Rodriguez to score.

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

"I never felt that great, even in the first two innings when I put up two zeros," Gosling said. "I never felt as if I got into a rhythm."

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.

Mike Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to make it 9-0.

Charlton Jimerson hit .333 with two homers, two RBI and seven stolen bases to go along with a few outstanding defensive plays in center to win the tournament's Most Outstanding Player Award.

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

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

Brown, who had 10 RBI in the CWS, added two more in the sixth on a double. Fuld saved an extra-base hit in centerfield, 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 Jr.'s single that Quentin overran. Burt is the son of former New York Giants and UM defensive lineman Jim Burt.

The margin matched the largest in CWS championship game history. Minnesota beat Arizona by the same score in the 1956 title game.

Moving up

Miami moved into a tie for third in all-time College World Series titles with Saturday's win over Stanford. The leaders:

Southern Cal 12

Arizona State 5

LSU5

MIAMI4

Texas4

Arizona3

CS-Fullerton 3

Minnesota3

California2

Michigan2

Oklahoma2

Stanford2

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