Miami (Fla.) 8, Rice 4

Friday, June 11, 1999 •  Box score

Big hits key Miami rally

Long-distance blasts by Bobby Hill and Kris Clute showcased Miami's dial-a-hero offense in the Hurricanes' 8-4 College World Series victory over Rice.

After spotting Rice a 4-0 lead in the opening-round game at Rosenblatt Stadium, top-seeded Miami came back strong as Hill ignited the rally with a two-run homer and Clute produced the eventual game-winner with his third home run in 152 at-bats this season.

"You never know who's going to get the (key) hit," Miami Coach Jim Morris said. "It might be Bobby Hill or it might be Kris Clute. Tonight, both of them got home runs. It's been a different guy every game."

The 47-13 Hurricanes combined the big hits by the Nos. 1 (Hill) and 9 (Clute) hitters in the lineup with their customary solid pitching and defense. Contributing to the Miami victory were the 10 walks issued by four Rice pitchers and four Owls' errors, three by third baseman Matt Fox.

"Obviously, we lost the game to the base on balls and the errors, and that's a hard way to lose," Rice Coach Wayne Graham said. "That's not to take anything away from Miami."

The Hurricanes tacked on three runs after Clute put them ahead 5 - 4 in the sixth and finished off the Owls, who dropped into a Sunday Bracket One elimination game against Oklahoma State. Miami's next assignment is Alabama, which opened the 53rd CWS and the 50th played in Omaha, with an 11-3 rout of the Cowboys.

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