Sunday, June 3, 1990
Mississippi State, stung by a first-round shutout Friday, set a College World Series record Sunday with an 11-run first inning.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs eliminated eighth-seeded Georgia Southern 15-1, rebounding from a 3-0 loss to Georgia's Dave Fleming two days earlier.
Mississippi State, with its 11-run outburst, set the first-inning record and tied the record for all innings. Six hours later, Georgia scored 11 runs against Stanford in the sixth to become the fifth team in CWS history to score 11 in an inning.
"We have come back from adversity and swung the bats very well all year," Mississippi State Coach Ron Polk said. "If Fleming had been pitching for Georgia Southern, I would hope we would have scored at least one run."Crazy Weather
The Bulldogs, 50-20, took advantage of the weather - sunny, 63 degrees and a wind out of the northwest at 21 to 31 mph.
"The wind helped us a little bit," Polk said, "and the sun helped us a little bit.
"But I would rather play on a 75-degree day with no wind and the stands full of fans."
Because of the wind, Polk said, he did not feel comfortable with the 11-run lead.
Mississippi State knocked out Eagles right-hander Peter Bouma before he could retire a batter.
In the 30-minute half inning:
The first six batters scored.
There were nine hits, three errors and five unearned runs.
The third, fourth and fifth batters - John Cohen, Tommy Raffo and Jon Shave - each had two hits and two RBIs. Shave doubled twice.
Center fielder Chris Abner, tracking a fly ball that was twisting in the wind, eventually lost it in the sun. Then he called for sunglasses.
Right fielder Todd Greene dropped a sacrifice fly.
First baseman Mike Yuro muffed a throw that would have completed a double play.
Shortstop Chris Petersen booted a grounder and drew derisive cheering five batters later when he caught a pop fly.Only One Homer
Georgia Southern Coach Jack Stallings said before the game he told Polk there ought to be a rule against left-handed batters playing in wind like Sunday's.
"But their right-handed batters hurt us more than the left-handers," Stallings said.
Mississippi State catcher Jim Robinson, one of the right-handers, hit the only home run of the game - a wind-blown drive over the 370-foot mark in right field in the sixth to make the score 12-1.
"I hit it OK," Robinson said, "and it got up in the wind and out."
The junior from Chicago connected off right-hander Scott Ryder, who came on to relieve Bouma, 10-3.Pitcher Stiffens
The five runs in the first charged to Bouma were earned. Five of the six off Ryder in that inning were not.
Senior right-hander Tracy Jobes pitched the first six innings for Mississippi State, allowing four hits and striking out 10 while improving to 8-5.
He said he stiffened up while his teammates rang up the runs in the first.
"We had seven runs with no outs," he said. "I had to go out and warm up a little bit.
"I didn't change my game plan because of the score. I have been throwing two-seam fastballs all season. Because of that wind today, the ball wasn't moving, and I was throwing four-seam fastballs."
Polk said he pulled Jobes after six innings to give his bullpen some work.
Mississippi State topped the CWS first-inning record of 10 runs set by Notre Dame in a 23-2 rout of Northern Colorado June 9, 1957, and tied by Texas in a 12-10 victory over Seton Hall June 9, 1975.
Mississippi State improved its CWS record to 1-1. Georgia Southern ended its season 0-2 in the CWS and 50-19 overall.