Sunday, June 5, 1988
Mark Standiford's bat and Greg Brummett's arm helped Wichita State overcome its lapseess on defense as the Shockers upset top ranked Arizona State 7-4 at the College World Series.
An all-time record crowd of 16,499 watched Standiford, the Shockers' 5-foot-7 All-America second baseman, ignite fourth-ranked Wichita State to its second victory in the double-elimination portion of the tournament.
Standiford had three hits and drove in three runs, including two with his 27th homer, off Arizona State All-American Linty Ingram, that gave the Shockers the lead for good in the third inning.
Brummett held the 55-12 Sun Devils to six hits and one earned run in a 153-pitch, complete-game win. Brummett pitched around four errors by his teammates, including three in the first inning, to pick up his fifth straight victory and his 10th of the season.
"That was as gutsy a performance in a big game that you're going to see," Arizona State Coach Jim Brock said. "He had a combination of good stuff and good command. But overshadowing that was his competitive nature. That was as good a performance as I've seen in Omaha in quite a while."
Wichita State, which defeated Florida 5-4 in the first round, had to scramble Sunday night after its defensive problems put the Shockers in a 3-1 hole after the first inning.
"Against a less pitcher, they might have blown the game wide open," Wichita Coach Gene Stephenson said. "But Greg pitched a whale of a game against them. If we don't have the errors, they might never have been in the game."
Stanford gave Wichita State a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with an RBI single. But the Shockers committed three errors in the bottom half of the inning to give Arizona State the lead.
"I'm not sure I've ever had an inning where more good things happened to us," Brock said. "We were extremely lucky. But give Wichita State credit. They had everything go wrong but did not become demoralized."
Pat Listach opened the inning for the Sun Devils by beating out an infield single, John Finn singled, advancing Listach to second.
Kevin Higgins then hit a bouncer that first baseman Mike McDonald couldn't handle. The ball ricocheted off McDonald's glove into right field, allowing Listach to score the tying run.
Steve Willis singled to load the bases. McDonald was charged with his second error in the inning when he dropped Brummett's throw that would have picked Willis off first base.
Dan Rumsey struck out, but Martin Peralta's sacrifice fly scored Finn to give Arizona State a 2-1 lead. Brummett appeared to be out of the inning when he got Tim Spehr to hit a ground ball to third baseman P.J. Forbes.
But Forbes bobbled the ball, then threw wildly over McDonald's head. Higgins scored on the play, with Willis advancing to third and Spehr to second on the two-base error.
Brummett ended the inning by striking out Ricky Candelari.
"I told myself after the first inning that I couldn't let the errors get to me," Brummett said. "We overcame that and I just had to pitch my heart out. I just couldn't let that get me."
The Shockers cut the Arizona State lead to 3-2 in the second when Jeff Bonacquista walked, moved to second on McDonald's single and scored on Jim Audley's one-out double. Ingram left runners at second and third by striking out Mike Lansing and Forbes.
Ingram didn't get another out. Dan Raley singled to open the third and Standiford clubbed his 380-foot homer to give the Shockers a 4-3 lead.
Ingram left the game after walking Eric Wedge.
"I felt great, but I just couldn't get command of my pitches or get anything established," Ingram said.
Arizona State reliever Blas Minor wild-pitched Wedge to second, then surrendered a line-hugging double to left by Jeff Bonacquista for a 5-3 Wichita State lead.
The Shockers increased their lead to 6-3 in the fifth when Wedge walked with one out and scored on McDonald's double to left-center field.
But Wichita State gave Arizona State another unearned run when Finn lead off the bottom of the fifth by reaching first on Forbes' throwing error. Finn moved to second when Brummett walked Higgins, took third on a fly out by Willis and scored Rumsey's sacrifice fly.
The Shockers added to their lead in the eighth, thanks to a throwing error by Brian Dodd, the third Arizona State pitcher. Pat Meares led off the inning with a single but was forced at second at Audley's grounder.
Dodd then caught Audley taking too big a lead off first base, but threw wildly on the pickoff attempt. Audley broke for second and never stopped. By the time Rumsey, the Arizona State right fielder, retrieved the ball, Audley was rounding third base. Audley scored easily on the play to up the Shockers' lead to 7-4.
Brummett, who retired nine straight in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, ran into trouble in the eighth. Willis singled and moved to second when Brummett issued a one-out walk to Peralta.
Stephenson, who had two relievers ready in the bullpen, came out to talk to Wedge, the Shockers' catcher.
"Eric said Greg was a little inconsistent and wasn't sure what he had left," Stephenson said. "So I told myself I had to look Greg straight in the eye to find out."