Friday, June 7, 1985
No. 3-ranked Texas pounded No. 5 Mississippi State 12-7 before 13,223 at Rosenblatt Stadium to become the only team undefeated in the College World Series.
Mississippi State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Dan Van Cleve tripled to center and scored on Gator Thiesen's grounder to short. Will Clark then belted a homer over the 370-foot sign in left off left-hander Bruce Ruffin. It was Clark's second homer of the CWS and 25th of the year.
Ruffin pitched out of a jam in the fourth when Bobby Thigpen and John Mitchell singled, putting runners on first and third with none out.
Roark McDonald then tapped to Ruffin, whose throw to third baseman Dodd Johnson caught Thigpen in a rundown.
Both Thigpen and Mitchell wound up on third with catcher Robbie Byers tagging both. Thigpen was called out, leaving Mitchell on third and McDonald on second. John Scott then walked, loading the bases.
Frank Davis ended the inning by grounding into a double play.
Texas, held to one hit through the first four innings, opened the fifth with Dodd Johnson's shot that caromed off pitcher Gene Morgan's left ankle into left field.
Morgan, after he was treated by the trainer, walked Rusty Richards on four pitches. But he got out of the inning when David Wrzensinski grounded into a double play and by striking out Robbie Byers.
Mississippi State scored an unearned run in the sixth to move ahead 4-0.
Thigpen led off with an infield hit to second baseman Bill Bates when Ruffin failed to cover first base.
After Mitchell struck out and first baseman Richards reached into the Mississippi State dugout to catch McDonald's pop foul, John Scott singled.
Davis then grounded to third baseman Dodd Johnson. Johnson took a step toward third and a possible force play, then threw on one bounce by Richards at first, allowing Thigpen to score.
Dennis Cook, David Denny and Doug Hodo hit two-out doubles to start a Texas rally in the sixth.
Mississippi moved ahead 5-2 in the seventh on a walk to Clark and Rafael Palmeiro's double, scoring Clark from first. Texas went ahead in the seventh as the first five batters hit safely, including Richards with a leadoff double and two with bunts, the second of which knocked out Morgan.
Morgan left with the score 5-4. Steve King relieved and saw Texas go ahead 6-5 as shortstop Davis failed to come up with Dennis Cook's bases-loaded grounder.
Denny's grounder and Doug Hodo's sacrifice fly drove in additional runs as Texas went ahead 8-5.