College Baseball

Miami Hurricanes Sweep VCU Rams, Head to NCAA College World Series

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CORAL GABLES – The nation’s top-scoring offense exceeded its average and the Miami Hurricanes bullpen shut down Virginia Commonwealth University in a 10-3 win Saturday, completing a sweep of the NCAA Super Regional at Mark Light Field.

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Miami Hurricanes players dog pile after defeating VCU, 10-3, on Saturday to sweep the NCAA Super Regionals at Coral Gables. Photo by Glenn Sattell.

The Hurricanes, who averaged more than eight runs per game this season, are Omaha-bound for the 24th time in program history and first since 2008.

Chris Barr (2-for-5, RBI, run), George Iskenderian (2-for-4, RBI, run) and Willie Abreu (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) turned in multiple-hit games to lead Miami’s 10-hit attack. David Thompson, the nation’s RBI leader, drove in two more runs to increase his total to 87 for the season.

The Hurricanes (49-15) broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the fourth, then blew the game open with a five-run seventh inning. Abreu capped the fireworks with his sixth homer of the season, a ninth-inning solo blast over the right field fence.

Sam Abrams led a trio of relievers that shut down VCU (40-25), which was making its first-ever Super Regional appearance, after the Rams put its three runs on the board over the first two innings. Abrams entered in the third inning with the bases loaded and no outs. The senior right-hander struck out the first two batters he faced and got out of the jam with a fly out to end the inning.

Abrams (2-0) went on to throw four innings of one-hit shutout relief, striking out four, to pick up the win.

Mike Mediavilla worked the seventh and eighth innings, scattering three hits while fanning two, and Bryan Garcia pitched the final inning, yielding one hit, and the celebration was on.

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