Tuesday, June 5, 1990
John Reid said it was the biggest game he has ever pitched.
The Stanford right-hander allowed nine hits in eight innings to keep the Cardinal alive in the College World Series and eliminate Mississippi State 6-1 Tuesday.
The win set up a rematch tonight at 7:10 between the top-seeded Cardinal and Georgia. The Bulldogs defeated Stanford 16-2 Sunday.
Reid, the only junior-college transfer on the Stanford roster, improved his record to 7-1. Scott Weiss pitched a hitless ninth. Mississippi State junior right-hander Bobby Reed fell to 15-4.
"I was just glad to get the call," Reid said. "I knew I could do the job."
The Cardinal turned to Ryan Turner and Troy Paulsen to supply the offensive power. Turner homered off Reed to open the fourth inning, putting Stanford ahead to stay, and Paulsen collected three RBIs.Wind Aids Homer
Turner, a junior, took advantage of a 17 mph wind blowing toward the right-field corner on his blast.
Turner's blow, his fifth home run of the year, broke a 1-1 tie after Mississippi pulled even on a third-inning home run by 5-foot-8, 146-pound second baseman Scott Mitchell. It was the first homer of the season for Mitchell, the Bulldogs' No. 9 hitter.
Mitchell's drive bounced off an out-of-play sign above the fence and back onto the field. Umpire Randy Christal immediately signaled a home run, but Mitchell raced at full speed into third base before realizing his feat.
Christal is the same umpire who disallowed a home run on a drive that bounced off a similar out-of-play sign - the television replay showed - and back onto the field in Stanford's 5-4 victory over Georgia Southern in the first round Friday night.Steal No. 47
Mitchell said he did not see where the ball hit and couldn't find an umpire signaling the home run.
Freshman center fielder Jeff Hammonds and Paulsen led the Cardinal with three hits each. Hammonds' triple led to a ninth-inning insurance run.
In the third, Hammonds singled, stole second - theft No. 47 of the year - and scored as Paulsen grounded out.
Hammonds said he felt he had been swinging the bat well but after two games in the CWS his "stats (0 for 7) weren't what they should have been."
He said he went all out for the triple after seeing the ball hit the left-field fence "to get something going."
Coaches picked other plays as pivotal.
Mississippi State Coach Ron Polk cited Rex Buckner's grounder that deflected off the mound to Stanford shortstop Roger Burnett for an inning-ending out in the third.
The break stranded runners on second and third.
"That cost us a chance to go a couple of runs up," Polk said.Error Costs Bulldogs
Stanford Coach Mark Marquess said Mississippi State third baseman Burke Masters' overthrow of second base in the Cardinal's three-run seventh was important.
Hammonds, with runners on first and third, grounded to Masters.
"It was a routine double play," Masters said. "I let go of the ball too early. That kind of opened the door for them."
Tim Griffin scored from third and Troy Tallman went from first to third. Tallman scored on Paulsen's sacrifice fly.
David McCarty's double drove in the third run of the inning, giving Stanford a 5-1 lead.
Paulsen singled Hammonds home in the ninth for his third RBI of the game.
"We got back to what we did all year," Paulsen said.
The Cardinal improved its record to 2-1 in the CWS and 58-11 overall. Mississippi State closed at 1-2 and 50-21.
"We got into a solid groove," Paulsen said. "We wanted a shot at Georgia."
Mississippi State first baseman Tommy Raffo said the 6-5, 185-pound Reid "located his pitches well, moving the ball in and out."
Reid, a transfer from St. Louis Community College at Meramec, Mo., said he was nervous until the first pitch.
Then, he said, he had to adjust to get his curve ball down.
Now, the Stanford rotation could lead to a start for Reid in the championship game Saturday.
"If we get that far," he said, "I'll be ready."