Thursday, June 4, 1987
Oklahoma State almost ran itself out of the big inning that produced all of the Cowboys' runs in the 6-2 College World Series victory over Stanford.
Jim Ifland started the Oklahoma State rally with a one-out single in the sixth inning, only the second hit allowed by Stanford starter Jim McDowell.
Jimmy Barragan followed with a single to left field. Ifland rounded second base, then fell as he attempted to return to the bad.
"I would have been out if their second baseman handled the throw from the outfield,' said Ifland, OSU's senior designated hitter.
"I was coming into second pretty hard, trying to read whether their guy came up with the ball or bobbled it,' Ifland said. "I forgot to take the roller skates off. When I tried to stop, I just fell."
Ifland said he wrenched his back and jammed his knee into the ground attempting to return to second base. The game was delayed several minutes while the trainer checked him out.
As it turned out, the delay proved beneficial for the Cowboys.
Monty Fariss walked to load the bases and Adam Smith followed with a two-run single that tied the score. The Cowboys added four more runs to break the contest open.
Smith, a junior catcher, said he had problems seeing the ball early in the game.
"I was waiting for the sun to go down," he said. "It was tough picking up the ball the first couple times up. When If got hurt, it took a couple of minutes and it got darker and darker. Then Monty had a long at-bat.
"It was just easier to see the ball by the time I got up there."
Ifland said he feared the consequences had he been thrown out.
"I was a little more scared of almost getting picked off than hurt," he said. "But it was just a plan to get the sun down so Smitty could get that hit."