College World Series
Jake Meyer walked four straight batters in the 12th inning Saturday, forcing in Mike Lopez-Cao with the go-ahead run and helping Miami defeat UCLA 7-3 in the second-longest game in College World Series history.
The game lasted 4 hours and 42 minutes, second only to the 5-hour marathon between Arizona State and Oklahoma State in 1981.
In Saturday’s late game, Matt Frick’s leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth and Mark Peer’s RBI single lifted top-seeded Alabama past Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi State 3-2.
The Hurricanes (50-16), who lost the CWS championship to LSU last year on on Warren Morris’ two-out homer in the ninth, advanced to play in Monday’s winners-bracket game with Alabama (53-12). UCLA (45-20-1) plays Mississippi State (46-20) on Monday.
After Meyer (3-3) walked in the go-ahead run, Matt Klein came in and gave up a two-run double to Bobby Hill and Pat Burrell’s sacrifice fly.
A two-run homer by UCLA’s Troy Glaus in the bottom of the ninth sent the game into extra innings. It was his 33rd of the season, topping the Pac-10 record of 32 by Southern Cal’s Mark McGwire in 1984.
Miami took a 3-1 lead in the fifth on Jason Michaels’ two-run homer.
Miami’s J.D. Arteaga, who tied a record with his sixth career CWS start, gave up three runs on seven hits in 8-1/3 innings. Robbie Morrison (4-2), who gave up the homer to Morris last year, got the win by finishing with 3-2/3 shutout innings.
Omaha on the Net
Can’t make it to Omaha but still want to follow the CWS from home? Just use your computer.
CBS, which will broadcast the tournament’s championship game on June 7, is offering coverage of the CWS on its Internet sports site, www.cbs.sportsline.com.
The quick-modemed can download audio and video clips and recaps of games already played and can also track CWS history.