Sunday, June 9, 1985
The Miami Hurricanes claimed the College World Series advantage had swung to them after their 2-1 win over Texas before 13,175 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
"If our No. 1 pitcher went out and got beat," Miami's Rich Richardi said, "I would be concerned."
All three runs in the game were unearned, a fact Miami Coach Ron Fraser attributed to the pressure-packed nature of the game and the low score.
Gustafson said Swindell's command of his fastball was not as sharp as in his previous victory over Miami.
That was reflected in his seven walks, the last of which went to Miami second baseman Don Rowland to open the bottom of the eighth.
Rowland stole second base and went to third on catcher Chuck Oertli's throw that shortstop Coby Kerlin deflected into the outfield.
He scored on Richardi's sharply hit grounder that Texas third baseman Dodd Johnson couldn't handle.
Johnson was charged with an error, a call Fraser didn't agree with. Fraser said Johnson couldn't have gunned Richardi out at first with a bazooka.
Richardi said he felt he could score when he saw how deep Johnson fielded the ball.
Miami sophomore relief specialist Rick Raether, 7-2, winning for the second night in a row, shut out the Longhorns over the final 3 1/3 innings. He entered the game in the sixth with the Hurricanes trailing 1-0 and ended that inning by picking a runner off first base.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the second. Senior left fielder David Denny doubled to open the inning, went to third on an infield out and, with two out, scored as third baseman Jon Leake bobbled Richards' grounder.
Dan Davies' availability to start for Miami was in question until just before game time because of stiffness he attributed to the "140 innings I've pitched this year, more than I ever have."
Fraser said he would have been satisfied if Davies had given him five good innings. Davies went two outs beyond that.
Miami tied the game 1-1 in the sixth as Chris Magno tripled on the first pitch after second baseman Bill Bates had dropped his pop foul for an error.
The right-handed batting Magno hit a Swindell pitch into the right-field corner for his triple. He stayed at third as Rowland grounded out and scored on Chris Hart's bunt.
Hart, a senior first baseman, said Magno didn't know he was going to bunt. As a result, Magno got a slow jump off third. Bates nearly threw him out at the plate.
Fraser said the throw to the plate was in time to have retired Magno, but was high.