Top-seeded Miami cruised to its first Super Regional berth since 2010 Monday night at Mark Light Field, toppling No. 3 seed Columbia 21-3 in the Coral Gables Regional championship game.
A night after its potent lineup was held to just two hits and no runs, Miami (47-15) scored at least one run in each of the championship game’s first six innings, including an eight-run fourth, to capture the 28th regional title in program history.
The 20 runs were the most in a postseason game since the Hurricanes scored 21 in a College World Series game vs. Tennessee in 2001, and marked the fourth time Miami scored at least 20 runs this season.
“A lot of our players played well, in particular today,” head coach Jim Morris said. “It was a big effort. I want to congratulate Columbia on their season…they played hard. They’re a team that never gave up. I commend them for their effort, for their season, and for what they did at our ballpark.”
Miami came just two runs shy of its Regional run record of 22 set in 1985 vs. Princeton.
The Hurricanes, who earned the No. 5 national seed for the NCAA postseason, will host Dallas Regional champions and No. 4 seed VCU in the Coral Gables Super Regional– a best-of-three series beginning Friday, June 5.
Sophomore Willie Abreu was among Miami’s top offensive contributors, finishing a double shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4, five-RBI performance. Abreu’s towering three-run home run in the sixth earned him a curtain call from the 3,115 in attendance, who serenaded him with chants of “Wil-lie!”