1985 College World Series

May 31, 1985 - June 11, 1985  •  Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska  •   Attendance: 125,970

College World Series 1985, Miami earns second CWS crown with 10 - 6 pounding of Longhorns

The World-Herald

Miami earns second CWS crown with 10 - 6 pounding of Longhorns

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Series highlights

Sixth-ranked Miami defeated No. 3 Texas 10-6 to win the College World Series championship game before 9,830 at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Miami sophomore right-hander Kevin Sheary, 3-0 in the double-elimination tournament, improved his season record to 7-4.

Miami, 64-16, won its second national collegiate baseball championship.

Greg Ellena, voted the tournament’s most valuable player, had four of Miami’s 14 hits and Rick Raether shut the door in relief for the Hurricanes.

Five errors in the final game cost the Longhorns a chance to take home their second national championship in three years.

The errors led to five of Miami’s runs. A sixth Hurricane run scored on a passed ball.

"You make a mistake, you pay for it," Texas second baseman Billy Bates said. "They took advantage of our mistakes tonight, and they came out on top."

Texas, which had to rally from behind in three of its four wins here, put on another comeback after falling behind 10-2 after 5-1/2 innings. The Longhorns scored four runs to close within 10-6 before Miami reliever Rick Raether came on to close out Texas’ hopes.

All told, it was just a bad day for the Longhorns.

"Mentally, we weren’t ready,"Richards said. "We just didn’t do the job.

"We came back in the late innings like we had been. Tonight, it just didn’t work."

Both Miami titles have been under Coach Ron Fraser, who led the Hurricanes to their first in 1982. Texas, bidding for its third championship, ended its season at 64-14.

Most Outstanding Player

Greg Ellena, Miami (Fla.)

The walk-on designated hitter from Gibsonia, Pa., led the 64-16 Hurricanes with four singles in the title game, one in each of the innings in which they scored. For the series, Ellena batted .480.

The junior's 22 total bases tied the tournament record set by Tom Paciorek of Houston in 1967 and tied by Stan Holmes of Arizona State in 1981.

"I hope I wake up tomorrow and find out this is real," Ellena said. "This is awesome. It has to be the best thing that's ever happened to me. I can't believe it. Holy cow!"

Ellena totaled 12 hits — one shy of the CWS record — and had three home runs.

Series notes

All-Tournament Team

Will Clark, Mississippi St., 1b, Jr.
Bill Bates, Texas, 2b, Jr.
Jeff King, Arkansas, 3b, So.
Frank Davis, Mississippi St., ss, Sr.
Dennis Cook, Texas, of, Sr.
Dave Van Cleve, Mississippi St., of, Sr.
Ralph Kraus, Arkansas, of, Jr.
Chris Magno, Miami (Fla.), c, Jr.
Greg Ellena, Miami (Fla.), dh, Jr.
Kevin Sheary, Miami (Fla.), p, So.
Greg Swindell, Texas, p, So.

Games played in 1985 CWS

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