1987 College World Series

May 29, 1987 - June 7, 1987  •  Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska  •   Attendance: 130,659

College World Series 1987, Stanford defeated Pokes for first CWS title

Lou Pavlovich, Collegiate Baseball

Stanford defeated Pokes for first CWS title

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Series highlights

Stanford won the College World Series when a pitcher from Las Vegas dealt the Cardinal a winning hand.

Reliever Steve Chitren turned back an Oklahoma State rally by striking out the side in the eighth inning. He then put the finishing touches on the Cardinal’s first national baseball championship as Stanford defeated the Cowboys 9-5 at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Stanford turned four double plays in a 9-3 win over Texas, which moved the Cardinal into the championship game.

McDowell, who had pitched on less than six days’ rest just once this season, said he ran out of gas in the eighth.

"I was dead," he said. "I didn’t have real good stuff all night. I was just trying to gut it out. I had to put so much in every pitch that I was having trouble with location.

"After I walked those two guys in the eighth, I needed help.

Steve Chitren picked me up big time."

"For Steve to come in in that situation and strike out three guys, that’s it right there," said McDowell, who surrendered 12 hits and four walks but wound up a winner for the 13th time this season.

"That was the game."

Most Outstanding Player

Paul Carey, Stanford

The freshman right fielder hit .381 (8 for 21), had two doubles and seven RBIs, scored nine runs and didn't commit an error. He went 3 for 5 in the title game, driving in two runs with a pair of doubles.

Carey's grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning allowed the Cardinal to edge Louisiana State 6-5 and move into the title game.

Series notes

All-Tournament Team

Jimmy Barragan, Oklahoma St., 1b, Sr.
Brad Beanblossom, Oklahoma St., 2b, Fr.
Scott Coolbaugh, Texas, 3b, Jr.
David Esquer, Stanford, ss, Sr.
Brian Cisarik, Texas, of, Jr.
Jack Voigt, LSU, of, Jr.
Paul Carey, Stanford, of, Fr.
Adam Smith, Oklahoma St., c, Jr.
Mark Machtolf, Stanford, dh, Sr.
Pat Hope, Oklahoma St., p, So.
Gregg Patterson, LSU, p, Jr.

Games played in 1987 CWS

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