Monday, June 14, 1999 • Box score
Stanford continued its late - season surge Monday with a 10-6 victory over Florida State that put the Cardinal in control of Bracket Two of the College World Series.
The win, before an estimated 18,000 at Rosenblatt Stadium, was Stanford's 10th straight and its 26th in the past 28 games. It was also the Cardinal's second in Omaha, leaving it the only unbeaten team in Bracket Two and advancing it within one win of a spot in Saturday's national championship game.
Stanford now takes two days off before playing again in Thursday's bracket championship game. Florida State, which dropped to 54-13, must come back tonight when the second-seeded Seminoles face an elimination battle against the winner of Monday's other game between Cal State Fullerton and Texas A&M.
Strong pitching has fueled Stanford's late-season run, and the 50-13 Cardinal got another solid start Monday from sophomore right-hander Justin Wayne. Wayne picked up his second win of the NCAA tournament and his 10th overall, against one loss, in holding Florida State to one run in the first six innings.
The Seminoles got to him for four runs in the seventh, but by that time the Cardinal already had an 8-1 lead. Florida State, down 10-5 entering the ninth, threatened against reliever Tony Cogan when the left-hander walked the bases loaded with one out.
A sacrifice fly by Jeremiah Klosterman got the Seminoles within four but Cogan ended the game by getting Kevin Cash looking at strike three.
Wayne found himself trailing two batters in the game as John-Ford Griffin opened the Florida State first inning with a double and scored on Marshall McDougall's single. But Wayne's teammates gave him a lead to protect when they struck for four runs in the second off losing pitcher Jon McDonald.
Joe Borchard opened the inning with a walk, and first baseman Ryan Barthelemy's error on Josh Hochgesang's grounder moved Borchard to second. McDonald struck out Damien Alvarado, but Nick Day followed with a single, scoring Borchard.
McDonald had a chance to get out of the inning, striking out Edmund Muth. He then walked Eric Bruntlett, Stanford's No. 9 hitter, and Craig Thompson unloaded the bases with a double that gave Stanford its 4-1 lead.
The Cardinal used a double by John Gall and Borchard's single to set up their two-run third inning. Hochgesang's sacrifice fly made it 5-1, while Borchard came into score on a wild pitch.
Stanford's lead grew to 7-1 in the fourth when Muth singled, moved to third on Bruntlett's single and scored on Thompson's double-play grounder. Gall's homer to lead off the fifth gave Wayne an 8-1 lead.
Florida State finally got to him in the seventh when they scored four runs. Chris Smith led off the inning with a single and Wayne walked Brett Groves. Barthelemy then hit a grounder to Bruntlett, the Stanford shortstop. Bruntlett bobbled the ball, then made a late throw to second in an attempt to get Groves.
Second base umpire Ken Couch called Groves out, although television replays showed the Florida State runner had beaten the throw. Couch's call brought Florida State Coach Mike Martin storming out of the dugout in protest, but the call stood.
Wayne loaded the bases by walking Griffin, and McDougall made it 8-2 with an RBI single. Barthelemy then scored when Wayne was called for a balk, and Matt Diaz's fielder's choice grounder scored Griffin.
The Seminoles' final run scored when Klosterman struck out on a pitch in the dirt and Alvarado threw wildly while attempting to record the out at first. The bad throw allowed Diaz to score, cutting Stanford's lead to 8-5.
The Cardinal got a run back in the bottom of the seventh and finished off its output when Gall singled home Muth in the eighth.