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
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
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
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.