Stanford 3, Georgia 2

Saturday, May 30, 1987

Stanford win sets up showdown

Second - ranked Stanford set up a showdown with No. 1 Texas by defeating Georgia 3 - 2 Sunday in the completion of a College World Series game suspended by rain Saturday night.

The Cardinal will play the Longhorns at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Several hundred fans compared with the 13,561 for the Saturday night start of the game basked in sunshine in Rosenblatt Stadium as the Stanford - Georgia contest resumed at noon Sunday.

Midnight Pizza

Stanford players, Coach Mike Marquess said, took time out for midnight pizza when they returned to the Marriott Hotel after the game was suspended.

"There was a lot of pizza floating around," Marquess said. "I wanted 'em in their rooms by 1 and up at 8, to get something to eat and get out here."

When the game resumed, No. 8 - ranked Georgia, trailing 3 - 1, went to bat in the last of the seventh inning. Stanford reliever Steve Chitren took the mound and saved the victory for junior right - hander Jack McDowell.

The 6 - foot - 5, 185 - pound McDowell limited Georgia to four hits in the six innings Georgia batted Saturday.

Chitren, a sophomore right - hander, gained his 12th save, but not without some anxiety during the 32 minutes required Sunday to complete the game.

Scored in 8th

Chitren said his toughest moment came when Derek Lilliquist doubled to score Donn Perno, who had walked to lead off the eighth.

After Perno walked, Scott Bohlke singled.

Lilliquist, the starting pitcher who worked the first five innings, had stayed in the game as the designated hitter.

Lilliquist's double cut the Stanford lead to 3 - 2 and put runners on second and third base with Rich Bielski, No. 6 in the order, at the plate.

Chitren said he was concentrating on keeping the ball down and "making sure he hits my pitch." Bielski flied to left fielder Ruben Amaro Jr. to end the inning.

Chitren allowed four hits, including one that was erased in a game - ending double play.

Carter Out Called Key

Georgia Coach Steve Webber said Steve Carter's at - bat in the eighth inning was a key.

After trying unsuccessfully to bunt with runners on first and second and none out, Carter flied out.

"If the ball had been hit on the ground," Webber said, "we'd have been in great shape."

Webber said Carter, the Bulldogs' No. 3 batter in the order, had often come through in similar situations.

Stanford took its 3 - 1 lead at the expense of Lilliquist, 14 - 3.

Stanford led 2 - 0 in the second inning on Ron Witmeyer's two - out infield hit, a stolen base, David Esquer's single coupled with left fielder Scott Bohlke's two - base error and a balk.

Ed Sprague's leadoff triple and an infield out in the fourth boosted the edge to 3 - 0. Shortstop Esquer's two errors allowed an unearned run in the fifth as Georgia moved within 3 - 1.

Victory "Ideal'

Webber called McDowell an outstanding pitcher.

"He probably throws harder than anybody we have seen this year," Webber said. "He was able to locate his fastball and had a good, sharp - breaking pitch that was very exceptional.

"He has the best combination of control and velocity that we've seen."

Marquess called the victory ideal.

"McDowell threw under 90 pitches," the coach said. "We got our ace reliever some work. We won a tight ballgame. I didn't have to go 150 pitches with McDowell, and I didn't have to go 70 or 80 pitches with Chitren. It worked out ideally."

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