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Carrie Anderson

Hurricanes Force Deciding Game Three

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - An unexpected power surge from Jemile Weeks

has the Miami Hurricanes thinking Omaha again.

Weeks hit two of Miami's four home runs and finished with five

RBIs, and the Hurricanes beat Mississippi 7-0 on Sunday night to

even their best-of-three super regional series and force a decisive

Game 3.

Danny Gil allowed four hits in six innings and got plenty of run

support from Weeks, who homered to lead off the first inning and

added a two-run shot in the fourth for Miami (40-22).

"We were thinking `We can't lose,"' Weeks said. "I put a good

swing on everything and good things happened. That was big. When we

got that leadoff hit, let alone a home run, that was a real big

momentum swing for us."

Now the Hurricanes are within one victory of their 22nd berth in

the College World Series and third trip to Omaha, Neb., in four


"This is what I came here for. I want to make it to Omaha,"

said Weeks, a freshman.

Dennis Raben homered and Weeks had a two-run single as part of a

three-run second for the Hurricanes, who ended the Rebels'

nine-game winning streak and spoiled their perfect postseason.

Weeks, the brother of Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie

Weeks, entered the weekend with three homers and needed just two

games in Oxford to match that total.

"He's got a lot of pop for a little guy," Miami coach Jim

Morris said.

Yonder Alonso added a solo homer in the eighth, his team-leading

10th of the season and second of the weekend.

Game 3 is Monday night.

"We have to play well and I think the kids know it," Ole Miss

coach Mike Bianco said. "Now it's about one game. We had a

mulligan and we used it today."

Ole Miss (44-21) is hoping to avoid a repeat of its first trip

to the super regionals. The Rebels hosted their first super

regional series last year and won the first game against Texas, but

the Longhorns rallied to win the series and eventually won the

national title.

The Rebels won Game 1 of their series with Miami after rallying

from a six-run deficit to move to within one win of their first

berth in the College World Series since 1972.

But Gil (4-2) wouldn't allow any comebacks in this one. He gave

up just four singles and struck out three with two walks. Relievers

Jon McLean and Chris Perez finished off the five-hitter.

"They outhit us, outpitched us and outplayed us," Bianco said.

Freshman Brett Bukvich (6-6) lasted only 3 2-3 innings after

giving up six runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.

Five players had singles for the Rebels.

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