Sunday, June 3, 1990
Georgia capped a College World Series day of big innings by Southeastern Conference teams Sunday by pounding top-seeded Stanford 16-2.
The fourth-seeded Bulldogs scored a record-tying 11 runs in the sixth inning to end Stanford's nine-game winning streak.
Mississippi State, also of the SEC, scored 11 in the first inning to defeat Georgia Southern 15-1 in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Georgia, which added five runs in the ninth, pounded six Stanford pitchers, all right-handers, for 19 hits, 17 of which were singles.
Georgia, 50-18, advanced to 7:07 p.m. game Wednesday against the winner of a 3:07 elimination game Tuesday between Stanford and Mississippi State.
Stanford, trying to win its third national championship in four years, now must come through the losers' bracket.11 Hits in Sixth
Georgia's Mike Rebhan, 12-5, pitched a five-hitter and struck out seven.
Stanford's Mike Mussina, 14-4, took the loss after a strong start. He took a four-hitter and nine strikeouts into the sixth. The Bulldogs sent 15 batters to the plate in the sixth against three Stanford pitchers. They scored the 11 runs on 11 hits and an error.
Jeff Cooper, who struck out in his first two at-bats, started the inning with an infield single.
J.R. Showalter followed with a single before Mussina struck out Brian Jester, his 10th of the game. Mussina didn't retire another batter.
Bruce Chick knocked in Georgia's first run with a single to left. After a single by Doug Radziewicz, Ray Suplee gave Georgia the lead 3-2 with a two-run double off the left-field wall.
Three straight RBI singles by Terry Childers, Joey Alfonso and McKay Smith made it 6-2. Brian Sackinsky relieved Mussina after Childers' hit.Stanford Strikes First
An intentional walk to Cooper, loading the bases, ended a string of six straight Georgia hits.
Showalter produced a run with a groundout. Smith scored on a wild pitch and Jester's RBI infield single boosted the Bulldogs' lead to 9-2.
Scott Weiss relieved after Chick produced his second single of the inning.
Georgia added its final two runs on Radziewicz's single to right, scoring Jester from second, and a throwing error to third by first baseman David McCarty, allowing Chick to score.
Stanford opened scoring in the first inning on Paul Carey's RBI single. David McCarty, who walked and advanced to second on a passed ball, scored as Carey hit a shot that Radziewicz could only knock down at first. Radziewicz scrambled for the ball behind him and threw wildly for an error.
Mussina dominated Georgia hitters to start the game. He struck out six in the first two inning, including the first five he faced.Eight Early Strikeouts
Georgia's Childers opened the third with a single for the first hit off Mussina. Childers didn't advance as the Cardinal ended the inning with a double play.
Mussina struck out eight in the first four innings.
Carey boosted Stanford's lead to 2-0 in the fourth with a home run - the third of his career in the CWS. His most dramatic came as a freshman in 1987 when he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th off Ben McDonald to give the Cardinal a 6-5 win over Louisiana State.
Carey needs one more homer to tie the series career record.
Georgia threatened in the fifth against Mussina. An infield single by Chick, a single to left by Radziewicz and an infield single by Childers loaded the bases. With one out, Alfonso flied out to shallow right. Mussina escaped the inning by striking out Smith.
Mussina wasn't so lucky in the sixth.