Oregon State Pitches Its Way Past Miami
June 21, 2006
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Mike Stutes watched Oregon State play in the College World Series on TV last year.
The Beavers sure are happy he's on the mound for them this time around.Stutes allowed one run in six-plus innings and Oregon State scored four times in the third to eliminate Miami 8-1 in the big series Tuesday night.
'I was having a good time,' said the sophomore righty, who transferred from Santa Clara before the season. 'This is the biggest stage it gets for college baseball, and I was just trying to have a good time with it.'Shea McFeely hit a home run for Oregon State (46-15), which got its second win in seven CWS games and will play Rice tonight. The Beavers need to beat the Owls twice to advance to the championship series this weekend.
Stutes (8-2) cruised through his first six innings and had his legs massaged by the team trainer in between trips to the mound to prevent cramping.
He allowed a single by Eddy Rodriguez in the fifth before tiring in the seventh.
'Mike was outstanding to handcuff Miami for as long as he did,' Casey said. 'Mike's got a great arm - and location, location, location. And then, when you're throwing at 91, 92 (mph), that location really works out.'
Stutes gave up a one-out homer to Dennis Raben that landed five rows from the top of the bleachers in right field to put Miami on the scoreboard. The Hurricanes (42-24) routed Oregon State 11-1 on Saturday, but the Beavers turned the tables.
'Miami is a really good-hitting club also, so we knew we had to go out and get a little revenge because they put it on us the other day,' catcher Mitch Canham said. 'The offense stepped it up and Mike came out and gave us a great showing on the mound.'
After Raben's homer, Stutes gave up consecutive singles to Yonder Alonso and pinch hitter Gus Menendez before being replaced by Eddie Kunz.After handing the ball to coach Pat Casey, Stutes received a standing ovation from the crowd behind the Beavers' dugout and high-fives from his teammates.
Stutes allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked one.
'He had great stuff,' Miami outfielder Jon Jay said.