Tuesday, June 11, 1985
Sixth-ranked Miami defeated No. 3 Texas 10-6 to win the College World Series championship game before 9,830 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Miami sophomore right-hander Kevin Sheary, 3-0 in the double-elimination tournament, improved his season record to 7-4.
Miami, 64-16, won its second national collegiate baseball championship.
Greg Ellena, voted the tournament's most valuable player, had four of Miami's 14 hits and Rick Raether shut the door in relief for the Hurricanes.
Both Miami titles have been under Coach Ron Fraser, who led the Hurricanes to their first in 1982. Texas, bidding for its third championship, ended its season at 64-14.
Miami took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with the help of a Texas error.
With one out, Miami freshman left fielder Mike Fiore singled off Texas junior left-hander Bruce Ruffin. Fiore went to second on a passed ball charged to catcher Chuck Oertli before Jon Leake walked.
Junior designated hitter Ellena dropped a single in front of left fielder David Denny, loading the bases.
Don Rowland grounded to second baseman Bill Bates, who flipped to shortstop Coby Kerlin. But Kerlin's throw to first baseman Rusty Richards was low. Rowland was credited with one RBI and Kerlin was charged with an error.
Denny's throw to the plate prevented Miami from scoring in the second. Miami junior center fielder Rick Richardi doubled with two out, and senior right fielder Calvin James singled to left. Denny's throw to Oertli cut down Richardi at the plate.
Miami scored four runs in the third with the help of three Texas errors.
Fiore doubled to deep right-center to open the inning. Leake flied to center, moving Fiore to third. Fiore scored on a passed ball, Oertli's second of the game.
Ellena singled before Michael Poehl replaced Ruffin as the Texas pitcher.
After Rowland struck out, Rusty DeBold singled with Ellena stopping at second. Senior first baseman Chris Hart's single bounced between center fielder David Wrzesinski and right fielder Dennis Cook and rolled to the fence with Ellena and DeBold scoring.
Hart was credited with one RBI and Cook drew an error.
Texas committed two errors on the next play, Julio Solis' one-hop grounder to first baseman Richards.
Richards deflected the ball to second baseman Bates, whose throw went by pitcher Poehl covering first base. Hart scored from third on the play, giving Miami a 6-0 lead. Richards and Bates were charged with errors.
Texas scored in the third on Kerlin's two-out single, a walk and Cook's hit to center. The Longhorns moved within 6-2 in the fourth on doubles by Dodd Johnson and Wrzesinski.
Miami added two runs in the fifth after loading the bases with none out on singles by Ellena and Rowland and third baseman Johnson's throwing error after fielding DeBold's sacrifice bunt.
Solis walked, forcing in a run. Richardi's fly scored another, but Bates ended the inning by outrunning Solis and tagging him out as he tried to get back to first.
Solis was catching in place of Chris Magno. Magno was hospitalized Tuesday with a blockage in a vein in his right arm.
Miami scored its final two runs in the sixth. James tripled and scored on Fiore's single. Fiore stole second and scored on Ellena's fourth hit of the game.
The Longhorns chased Sheary with three runs in the seventh. Kerlin walked, Bates doubled and Cook walked. Kerlin scored on a passed ball, Denny's sacrifice fly scored Bates and Doug Hodo tripled home Cook.
Raether came in to strike out Johnson to end the rally.