1981 College World Series

May 30, 1981 - June 8, 1981  •  Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska  •   Attendance: 120,535

College World Series 1981, Unusual moves helped Sun Devils claim fifth title

Rudy Smith / The World-Herald

Unusual moves helped Sun Devils claim fifth title

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Series highlights

Arizona State Coach Jim Brock employed a starting pitcher with one day's rest and benched an All-American in the 1981 championship game.

"That's the way we've been doing it all year," Brock said — and the unusual worked again as the No. 1 Sun Devils defeated No. 3 Oklahoma State 7-4 to end the College World Series.

Brock started freshman right-hander Kendall Carter, who had pitched a complete-game victory over South Carolina.

Arizona State won the national championship for the fifth time, the second under Brock, who called the 1981 Sun Devils the best team he'd ever coached.

Brock said the Sun Devils seemed completely relaxed going into the championship game — despite having lost 11-10 in 13 innings to the same Oklahoma State team three nights earlier.

The gamble of lifting All-American sophomore Kevin Romine from the batting order was consistent with the type of moves that had worked all year.

"Never look back," Brock said.

Most Outstanding Player

Stan Holmes, Arizona State

Holmes extended his RBI record to 17 with a fifth-inning single and tied the total-base mark of 22 set by Tom Paciorek in 1967.

"I told all the boys I was going to tear 'em up (in the CWS)," said Holmes, who hit .464 in the tournament.

The senior also tied the series record for hits at 13.

Series notes

All-Tournament Team

Alvin Davis, Arizona St., 1b, Jr.
Ray Etchebarren, Oklahoma St., 2b
Mike Sodders, Arizona St., 3b, Sr.
Rod Carraway, South Carolina, ss, Sr.
Stan Holmes, Arizona St., of, Sr.
Mickey Tettleton, Oklahoma St., of, Jr.
Mark Gillaspie, Mississippi St., of, Sr.
Burk Goldthorn, Texas, c, Sr.
Lemmie Miller, Arizona St., dh, Jr.
Kevin Dukes, Arizona St., p, Sr.
Don Mundie, Mississippi St., p, Sr.

Games played in 1981 CWS

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