Stanford eliminates top-seed Miami 8-3

OMAHA, Neb. — Sean Ratliff homered, and Cord Phelps tripled in Stanford's four-run fifth inning, and the Cardinal ousted top-seeded Miami from the College World Series with an 8-3 victory Wednesday night.

The Cardinal (41-23-2) advanced to the Bracket 1 finals against Georgia, needing to beat the Bulldogs twice to return to the best-of-three championship round for the second time since 2003.

Starter Danny Sandbrink and reliever Erik Davis held the potent offense of Miami (53-11) in check. The Hurricanes failed to join the 1999 squad as the only No. 1 national seeds to win the College World Series.

Miami, ranked No. 1 for most of the second half of the season, has been eliminated in three games in each of its four CWS appearances since 2003.

Phelps collected three of Stanford's 11 hits and drove in two runs. He had a single and double to go with his triple and missed out on hitting for the cycle when he flied out to short right in the seventh inning.

After Miami's first two batters reached base on singles, Sandbrink and Davis combined to hold Miami without a hit until the sixth inning.

Davis (8-3) shut down a Hurricanes threat when he entered in the fifth. With two on and no outs, Davis got Jemile Weeks to foul out, then struck out Yonder Alonso and Mark Sobolewski.