Miami beats Jacksonville 7-2 in NCAA opener

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Rony Rodriguez drove in two runs, Corey Janson homered for the first time this season and Miami beat Jacksonville 7-2 in the opening game of the Gainesville Regional on Friday.

The Hurricanes (37-21), in the NCAA postseason field for the 39th consecutive year, scored four runs in the eighth inning to create some cushion.

Rodriguez did his damage early, with an RBI double in the first and a run-scoring groundout in the third. Janson made it 3-1 with a leadoff homer in the fifth.

Jacksonville (36-23) cut the deficit in half on Daniel Gulbransen's RBI single in the seventh, but Miami answered with four runs -- two on bases-loaded walks -- to seal the victory.

Steven Ewing (8-2) gave up one hit and one run in six innings for Miami. Matthew Tomshaw (8-4) allowed four hits and two earned runs in seven innings for Jacksonville.