College Baseball World Series : Top-Ranked Stanford Eliminates Arizona, 9-2
Freshman Jack McDowell scattered nine hits, Walt Harris drove in three runs and Mike DeBenon hit a grand slam to lift top-ranked Stanford to a 9-2 victory over Arizona in the losers’ bracket of the NCAA College World Series Sunday night.
McDowell (11-4) had Arizona shut out until Gar Millay and Randy Hayes opened the ninth with back-to-back doubles. Chuck Johnson followed with an RBI single before the big right-hander regained control of the game.
Stanford (47-14) took the early lead as Harris singled in a run in the fourth and drove in two more with a single in a four-run fifth.
DeBenon provided insurance runs with his eighth homer of the year after Rick Lundblade was walked intentionally with two out to load the bases in the eighth.
Harris and Pete Stanicek had three hits each, and Lundblade and DeBenon two each for the Cardinal.
Stanford advances to Wednesday’s elimination game against the loser of today’s Arkansas-Mississippi State contest.
Seventh-ranked Arizona, beaten five times in seven games by Stanford this year, ends its season with a 47-22 record. David Carley (8-5) took the loss.
In another losers’ bracket game, Pete Incaviglia belted a three-run homer, and Mike Day scored four runs and drove in three, sparking No. 2 Oklahoma State to a 16-11 victory over No. 8 South Carolina.
The loss eliminated South Carolina (47-22). Oklahoma State (58-15) plays the loser of Tuesday night’s Miami-Texas game on Wednesday.
Incaviglia homered in the seventh inning, and Day walked five times in six at-bats. He also stroked a two-run single in the eighth.
The game took nearly four hours as five pitchers for each team combined for 28 walks. Marv Rockman picked up the victory and improved his record to 7-0. South Carolina starter Brian Currie (6-2) took the loss.
Oklahoma State jumped on Currie and reliever Casey Reed early, scoring seven runs in the second inning. Billy Smith had three hits and three RBIs. He delivered the key blow in the second with a two-run single.
The Gamecocks trailed, 14-4, going into the bottom of the seventh but bunched six walks and four singles to score six runs. Oklahoma State brought in Jeff Bronkey, who allowed one unearned run the rest of the way.