Monday, June 1, 1987
Oklahoma State's Jimmy Barragan homered to highlight an 8-7 College World Series victory over Louisiana State in a rain-interrupted game that ended Tuesday.
Oklahoma State third baseman Robin Ventura extended his collegiate-record hitting streak to 58 games with a runscoring double that tied the score 7-7.
The No. 3-ranked Cowboys, trailing 6-2 when play was suspended Monday night, rallied to beat No. 7 LSU with the help of Barragan's leadoff home run in the seventh inning. The homer was the 21st of the season for Oklahoma State's senior first baseman.
Oklahoma State had runners on first and third and two out in the fourth inning when the game was suspended overnight.
Only about 2,000 were on hand at Rosenblatt Stadium when play resumed in sunshine Tuesday afternoon.
Oklahoma State lost little time tying the score. Brad Beanblossom singled off Stan Loewer, the same pitcher who was working when play was suspended.
Beanblossom's hit drove in one run. Two more scored on Ray Ortiz's double to right-center field. Ortiz scored when LSU shortstop Dave Cunningham missed Ventura's grounder for an error with two out.
LSU moved back ahead 7-6 in the fourth at the expense of sidearming senior right-hander Marv Rockman, who also had been on the mound before the overnight suspension. LSU scored on Cunningham's leadoff double and two infield outs.
Only two innings were played Monday night before the first rain interruption which lasted 90 minutes.
LSU went into the first break with a 2-0 lead. After the interruption, LSU starting pitcher Dan Kite walked the first two batters, and each scored, tying the game.
Though LSU jumped on three Oklahoma State pitchers for four runs to take the 6-2 lead, Kite could not survive the fourth inning.
LSU Coach Skip Bertman relieved him after he allowed a leadoff double to Monty Fariss, who reached third on an infield out and a walk.
In Louisiana State's half of the third inning, neither starting pitcher Jimmy Long nor reliever Steve Lienhard retired a batter.
OSU Coach Gary Ward said he saw a danger sign when Long hit Cunningham with a pitch to open the inning. After Long yielded a double to Jack Voigt, Lienhard took his place. He walked a batter and yielded a two - run double to Pete Bush, a blow that put LSU ahead 4-2.
Richie Vasquez's run-scoring single knocked out Lienhard.
Rockman allowed a run-scoring single to Terry Belle, the twin brother of LSU outfielder Joey Belle, whom Bertman suspended before the CWS for several helmet-throwing incidents.