Stanford pitchers shut down Hurricane hitters at one point going five innings without giving up a hit as the Cardinal picked up an 8-3 victory over Miami in an elimination game Tuesday at the Men’s College World Series. Miami season ends at 53-11 and marks the ninth-straight year that the top overall national seed will not win the national championship.
Danny Sandbrook went four innings for Stanford, allowing just two hits and only one run. Erik Davis (8-3) got the win in relief, as he too went four-plus and allowed two runs with six strikeouts.
The Cardinal were led by Cord Phelps who went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBI and was just a home run away from hitting for the cycle.
Miami scored a run in the first after the first two batters singled to lead off the game. A pair of stolen bases allowed Mark Sobolewski to drive in the first run of the game. After that Miami would not get a hit until the sixth inning.
In the third, Stanford’s Phelps doubled, and moved to third on a single. An infield hit and sacrifice fly scored put the Cardinal in front. The Cardinal also added a run in the fourth. The big inning came in the fifth.
After a Brent Milleville singled to lead off the inning, Sean Ratliff crushed a 1-0 pitch from Miami starter Enrique Garcia deep to right field to give Stanford a 5-1 lead. After an error and an infield single Phelps tripled for his third hit of the game and the Cardinal had a 7-1 edge. Stanford added another run in the sixth, as the Cardinal’s lead was 8-1.
Miami added solo runs in the seventh and eighth to close the gap to 8-3 and had runners on second and third with no outs in the ninth. Stanford reliever Drew Storen forced a foul out, a strikeout and a line drive right back to him to finish off the Canes.
Stanford (41-23-2) advances to play Georgia Friday at 1 p.m. Listen to Miami’s coach Jim Morris and Stanford’s Mark Marquess comment on the game, plus Phelps talks about coming up short on the cycle.