Originally created 06/13/06

Hurricanes, Owls go to Omaha



OXFORD, Miss. - Danny Valencia's second home run of the game, a grand slam in the seventh inning, helped Miami beat Mississippi, 14-9 on Monday night, and claim a spot in the College World Series.

Valencia had seven RBI to help the Hurricanes (41-22) clinch their 22nd trip to Omaha and third in four years.

Miami denied the Rebels (44-22) their first trip to the CWS since 1972 and will play Oregon State on Saturday.

Valencia's blast off closer Garrett White gave the Hurricanes a 13-8 lead. Two batters earlier, the 'Canes took the lead for good when Roger Tomas came around to score on Tommy Giles' single to make it 9-8.

Valencia hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead, then had a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Chris Perez (4-1) struck out five in five innings of relief for Miami. White (3-1), the loser, allowed six runs on five hits in 2w innings.

Valencia, Giles and Jon Jay had three hits apiece for Miami. Mark Wright and Chris Coghlan each homered for the Rebels (44-22).

IN HOUSTON, JOSH RODRIGUEZ homered and drove in five runs to help rally Rice past Oklahoma.

The Owls (55-11) will return to the College World Series, for the first time since winning the national title in 2003.

The Owls turned a 4-3 deficit into an 8-4 lead in the sixth inning. Rodriguez, who had a two-run homer in the first, put Rice ahead 5-4 with a bases-loaded single, and Joe Savery followed with a three-run home run.

Rodriguez's opposite-field home run to right with two outs in the bottom of the first tied the score, and his sacrifice fly in the seventh scored Rice's final run.

The Sooners (45-22) were looking to win an elimination game for the sixth time in this year's NCAA Tournament.

Cole St. Clair (6-2) picked up the win in relief, allowing five hits and three runs with three strikeouts and no walks in 5q innings.