CORAL GABLES (AP) - Yasmani Grandal broke out of a run-producing slump at an opportune time.
Grandal, the ACC Player of the Year, belted a two-run double in the sixth inning which helped break open a close game in Miami's 10-3 victory over Texas A&M Tuesday for the Coral Gables regional championship.
The win advances the Hurricanes (43-18) to the best-of-three super regional series against Florida Friday night in Gainesville. The Gators won the Gainesville Regional Sunday.
Before he stepped up to face Aggies' right-hander Barret Loux, Grandal had not driven in a run in Miami's first three regional games. Grandal, who was drafted 12th overall by the Cincinnati Reds in Monday's major league draft, drove Loux's pitch to the wall in right-center field, scoring Frankie Ratcliff and Scott Lawson for a 6-2 Hurricanes' lead. Loux, who was drafted sixth overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks, then surrendered Harold Martinez RBI double that scored Grandal in Loux's only inning Tuesday.
The Hurricanes scored another three runs in the seventh for a 10-2 advantage.
Chris Hernandez (10-3) pitched two scoreless relief innings with four strikeouts for the win. Sam Robinson relieved Hernandez and shut down the Aggies, pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run and striking out four.
The game resumed 14 hours and 26 minutes after it was called because of rain with two out and Texas A&M batting in the bottom of the second late Monday. The game had three rain delays, including a 22-minute delay Tuesday.