No. 11 Is Wild for Georgia, Mississippi St. : College World Series: SEC teams each tie record by scoring 11 in one inning. Stanford loses 16-2, and Georgia Southern falls, 15-1.
It was a College World Series oddity that couldn’t pass without comment from the public-address announcer at Rosenblatt Stadium Sunday night.
Georgia had just scored 11 runs in the sixth inning of its 16-2 victory over Stanford, becoming only the fifth team in 44 years to score 11 runs in an inning during a College World Series game.
And the second team in about four hours to accomplish the feat.
Mississippi State scored 11 runs in the first inning of its 15-1, elimination-game victory over Georgia Southern earlier Sunday, and after Georgia’s outburst Sunday night, announcer Jack Payne read the Bulldogs’ totals to the crowd of 15,623.
“Eleven runs, 11 hits, one error, and one man left . . . " Payne said. “Who would have thunk it?”
Not the Cardinal.
“It seemed like every time they got a hit, you’d think, OK, they can’t get another one,” Stanford second baseman Troy Paulsen said. “But then they’d go and get another one.”
And not even the Bulldogs.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Georgia right fielder Bruce Chick said. “This was Stanford, the No. 1 team in the nation, the team that has won two national championships. This was supposed to be a close game. Not one where we score 16 runs.”
Georgia (50-18) sent 15 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, and 10 of their 11 hits were singles. Everyone in the lineup had a hit, everyone scored, and everyone but Jeff Cooper, who led off the inning, knocked in a run.
“It was a real helpless feeling out there,” Paulsen said. “They just kept finding holes, but they weren’t seeing-eye hits. They hit the ball hard.”
Until Sunday, only three other teams, California (vs. Yale in 1947), Seton Hall (vs. Texas A&M; in 1964) and Stanford (vs. South Carolina in 1982), scored 11 runs in an inning during the Series.
Until the sixth inning, it didn’t seem as if Georgia would even score against junior right-hander Mike Mussina, who is expected to be a first-round selection in today’s professional baseball draft.
Mussina (14-4) struck out six of the first seven batters he faced and held the Bulldogs scoreless for five innings. But Georgia knocked Mussina out in the sixth and continued to pound reliever Brian Sackinsky, who gave up five runs in a third of an inning.
Scott Weiss finally cut off the Bulldogs’ rally, but Georgia broke through again in the ninth, scoring five runs against relievers Greg Mix and Jamie Sepeda.
Catcher Terry Childs had four hits, and Chick and first baseman Doug Radziewicz each had three hits to pace Georgia’s 19-hit attack. Paul Carey had three hits, including a bases-empty home run, for Stanford (57-11).
Georgia right-hander Mike Rebhan (12-5) went the distance and gave up five hits while striking out seven as the Bulldogs advanced to Wednesday’s Bracket One final, where they will play the winner of Tuesday’s Stanford-Mississippi State game.
One more victory in the double-elimination tournament will give Georgia its first berth in an NCAA championship baseball game.
Mississippi State 15, Georgia Southern 1--The Bulldogs, held scoreless in their opening-round loss to Georgia, took out their frustration on the Eagles, pounding out 16 hits.
Left fielder John Cohen, shortstop Jon Shave and catcher Jim Robinson each had three hits and two RBIs, as Mississippi State (50-20) eliminated Georgia Southern (50-19).
The Bulldogs sent 16 batters to the plate in the first inning, collecting nine hits and taking advantage of two Georgia Southern errors.
Bulldog pitcher Tracy Jobes (8-5) gave up four hits in six innings to earn the victory. Eagle starter Peter Bouma, who failed to record an out in the first inning, took the loss.
“I don’t know who wrote in the rulebook that you have to play nine innings,” Georgia Southern Coach Jack Stallings said. “I would have been happy with eight. When an inning like that goes your way, it’s OK. When it doesn’t, it’s tough. Obviously, we didn’t play nearly as well as we’re capable of playing. But life goes on.”
Mississippi State will go on to play Stanford Tuesday in an elimination game. Georgia Southern will go home.