Sunday, June 1, 1986
Scott Wilkinson's sacrifice fly broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, and Oklahoma State added three runs in the ninth as the Cowboys defeated Indiana State 4 - 0 Sunday at the College World Series.
The victory kept the fourth - ranked Cowboys, 55 - 12, alive in the double - elimination tournament. Oklahoma State will next play Wednesday at 4:10 p.m. against the loser of tonight's game between Arizona and Loyola Marymount.
The loss ended eighth - ranked Indiana State's season at 48 - 21.
Wilkinson's line - drive out produced the first run in a pitching duel between Oklahoma State starter Rob Walton and Indiana State loser Mike Gardiner, 8 - 3. Walton picked up his 13th win of the season with relief help from Gordie Dillard.
Gardiner took a one - hitter into the eighth inning against an Oklahoma State team that had averaged 11.1 runs in its first 67 games.
After Gardiner struck out Jim Ifland for the first out, Jimmy Barragan singled. Barragan then moved to third when Adam Smith rifled a single past Indiana State first baseman Jeff Buell. Buell got his glove on the ball, but it scooted through into right field.
Wilkinson then lined out to left fielder Terry Burke, who had to make a leaping catch on the run. Barragan scored easily, and the Cowboy fans at Rosenblatt Stadium started celebrating.
Oklahoma State finally got to Gardiner in the ninth. With one out, Sergio Espinal reached first base on a throwing error by Indiana State second baseman Mike Lexa. Gardiner struck out Monty Fariss, but freshman Robbie Ventura doubled to drive in Espinal.
Ifland followed with a single to make it 3 - 0 and force Gardiner from the game. The Big Eight team added its final run on a single by Smith off reliever John Howes.
The combined shutout by Walton and Dillard was the first shutout in the CWS since 1983. Texas' Calvin Schiraldi and Doug Henry of Arizona State threw shutouts in the 1983 tournament.
The Cowboys went four innings without a hit off Gardiner, a junior righthander who threw a seven - inning, onehit victory at Rosenblatt Stadium earlier this season against Creighton in a Missouri Valley Conference game.
Ifland singled to open the fifth off Gardiner, but was thrown out attempting to steal second base. Ifland was one of three Cowboy runners who met that fate in the first six innings.
Bryn Kosco became Oklahoma State's first baserunner in the third inning when he drew a one - out walk. But Kosco was cut down at second while attempting to steal on a third - strike pitch to Anthony Blackmon.
Blackmon walked with two outs in the sixth, but Indiana State catcher Mike Eberle gunned him down at second to end the inning.
Indiana State had similar problems attempting to steal against Cowboy catcher Adam Smith. Smith caught Mike Lexa in the fourth inning attempting to steal, threw out Paul Frye in the sixth and gunned down Burke in the seventh.
The Sycamores had plenty of scoring chances against Walton. Bob Zeihen and Danny Roman opened the Sycamore first with singles. But Frye hit into a double play and Walton got Boi Rodriguez to fly out to end the inning.
In the third, Buell walked but Zeihen hit into a forceout. Roman then reached on an error by Cowboy shortstop Monty Fariss, but Walton stranded the runners when he struck out Frye.
Eberle singled to open the fifth inning for the Sycamores and took second on Burke's one - out single. Walton again got tough, getting Zeihen on a fly out and Roman on a line drive to right fielder Kosco.
After the Cowboys scored in the top of the eighth, the Sycamores threatened in the bottom half of the inning. Zeihen walked and moved to second on a sacrifice. Walton then recorded his last out by getting Frye on a fly ball to left field.
Dillard came on, striking out Rodriguez to end the inning.
Walton, in 7 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked three.