Pushing sixty years but sparkling after a recent renovation, Rosenblatt Stadium still knows how to throw a College World Series party. The Jumbotron scoreboard and talented organist give the park a best-of-both-old-and-new feel. Gameday traffic was surprisingly manageable and tailgaters were out in force. Attendance drew from all eight fan bases, plus Omaha families and several visiting youth baseball teams. Like Stanford's athletic facilities, the structure itself is mercifully free of obsequious advertising.
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Top 1st: Freshman Danny Sandbrink drew his second straight elimination-game start Wednesday against Miami, and did not shy from the pressure of facing the nation's top-ranked team. In four innings, he allowed two hits and one run, striking out three. Sandbrink's efficient work allowed Stanford to confidently build a lead they would never relinquish.
Bottom 1st: Designated hitter
Randy Molina brought home Stanford's first
Top 2nd: Key strikeouts came in
Bottom 2nd: All week long Phelps
showed how dangerous he is, going 7-for-18 in the CWS, tallying a team-leading
13 total bases and scoring a team-high six runs. He was a home run short of
hitting for the cycle against
Top 3rd: Rain pounded the Midwest all week and caused disastrous flooding, but aside from some showers during the Miami game, the Cardinal were fortunately spared the violent thunderstorms that twice delayed the LSU-North Carolina elimination game.
Bottom 3rd: Three was a big
number for the Cardinal offense. Three triples were hit in the CWS, one by third
baseman Zach Jones and two by Phelps. The three-baggers accounted for a total of
five Stanford runs.
Top 4th: Senior pitcher Erik Davis shined in relief against the Hurricanes. The converted starter pitched
four innings of two-run ball, striking out six
Top 5th: Georgia's Matt Cerione, hero of the two teams' first game, was shut down in the Dawgs' otherwise successful victory over Stanford to send them to the CWS final. The centerfielder, who drove in the game-winning run on Monday, went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts against three Cardinal pitchers on Saturday.
Bottom 5th: Stanford's bats were not intimidated by the bevy of quality pitchers in the tournament. The Cardinal hit five home runs over their four games, third-best in the CWS as of Sunday.
Top 6th: Stanford got a break
from a bang-bang call in its second game when
Bottom 6th: Freshman Ben Clowe showed a glimpse of the future, taking Fields deep in the waning moments of Stanford's final game. The three-run home run trimmed the lead to 10-8, making Georgia sweat for one more batter.
Top 7th: When opposing batters weren't striking out, Stanford's infielders were taking care of ground balls. The Cardinal turned four double plays in the CWS, including a strike-him-out throw-him-out gem that ended the first inning of the tournament.
Bottom 7th: Centerfielder Sean Ratliff blew the Miami game open with a no-questions-asked two-run home run to the right-center seats. His team-leading 22nd homer represented the first half of a four-run fifth inning that gave Stanford a 7-1 lead.
Top 8th: Freshman Drew Storen ripped through the ninth inning to secure Stanford's elimination-game win over the ‘Canes. Facing three batters with two inherited runners on, Storen induced a foul out and a strikeout, then caught a line drive to end the game.
Bottom 8th: Left fielder Joey August gave Stanford its first lead against
Top 9th: With two on and Miami
threatening in the bottom of the fifth, Jason Castro provided the signature play
of Stanford's can-do run to Omaha, kick-starting a defensive rally with a
spectacular diving catch. A
Bottom 9: When a go-ahead double
by Castro was wrongly ruled foul in the top of the 9th against
Christopher P. Anderson is a Bootleg contributor and KZSU Sports broadcaster.
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