Saturday, June 1, 1985
All-American Bill Bates doubled in the winning run and Greg Swindell won his 18th game as Texas outdueled Arizona 2-1 at the College World Series.
Bates, a 5-foot-11, 155-pound junior, drilled a one-out double in the eighth inning to score Robbie Byers to give the third-ranked Longhorns their 61st win of the season.
The Longhorns had to battle back from a 1-0 deficit off Arizona ace Joe Magrane.
Magrane held Texas to four hits and struck out eight.
But two of the hits came in the eighth when Byers doubled to open the inning. One out later, Bates drilled a double into the left-field corner to put the Longhorns ahead.
Swindell, who struggled early, finished strong as he improved his record to 18-1. He retired the last 13 batters he faced and finished with a five-hitter in his third victory in the past two years in CWS competition.
For the first six innings, Magrane was close to being perfect. The 6-foot-6 junior faced just 19 batters, one over the minimum, in breezing through the first six innings.
Robbie Byers, the Longhorns' No. 9 hitter, had the only Texas hit, a single in the third inning. Magrane had walked Dodd Johnson with one out in the fifth inning, but Rusty Richards followed with a double-play grounder back to the Arizona pitcher.
But Magrane ran into trouble in the seventh. He walked leadoff hitter Bates on four pitches. Dennis Cook then bunted for a sacrifice.
Magrane fielded the ball and instead of getting the sure out at first, he threw low to second and Bates was safe on the error.
David Denny then walked to load the bases. Bud Ray, who had struck out in his first two appearances against Magrane, then hit a potential double-play grounder to shortstop Tommy Hinzo.
Hinzo let the ball bounce off his chest for an error, allowing Bates to score the tying run and keeping the bases loaded.
Magrane, however, came back strong. He struck out Johnson and Richards, then got David Wrzesinski on a slow roller to second baseman Chip Hale to get out of the jam.
Swindell, the sophomore from Houston who led the nation with 175 strikeouts, did not strike out a batter in the first three innings.
The Wildcats got to the Texas ace for a run in the fourth. Hale opened the inning with a single and advanced on Mike Senne's sacrifice. Swindell then got his first strikeout, fanning Todd Trafton on an 0-2 pitch.
But Gar Millay followed with a double down the right field line to score Hale. Swindell ended the inning by getting Steve Strong to ground out.
The Wildcats wasted a scoring opportunity in the fifth. Chuck Johnson opened the inning with an infield single and moved to third on Hinzo's two-out single. The inning ended when Texas third baseman Johnson came up with a good play on Hale's slow roller.