June 19, 2008
2008 College World Series
Day Five Notes
Stanford’s win over Miami was the seventh
come-from-behind victory in nine games in the 2008 College World
Series and the sixth straight going back to North Carolina’s win
on Sunday over LSU.
The team that has scored first is 3-6 in the CWS
and has lost five of the past six games.
Only one of the first nine CWS games has been
shorter than three hours. The UNC-LSU game was 2:59.
Miami now holds a 5-3 advantage all-time against
Stanford. The Cardinal is 3-2 in NCAA Tournament play and 2-2 at
the College World Series. Miami won 17-3 in 1985. Stanford won
2-1 in 1988. The Hurricanes won 12-1 in the 2001 National
Miami has scored in the first inning in two of
its three CWS games.
Stanford has not scored in the first or second
inning in any of its three CWS games. The Cardinal has scored in
the third in two of the three contests, plating a total of five
Through the first nine games of the 2008 CWS,
starting pitchers have gone an average of 4.2 innings. Only two
starters have pitched seven innings. Seven games have been won
In 20 appearances during his rookie season,
Stanford starter Danny Sandbrink only allowed more than one
earned run twice. In his past seven appearances, he has allowed
five earned runs in 28 innings (1.61 ERA) with seven walks and
Including a 4-0 advantage against Miami, Stanford
has outscored its opponents 110-50 in the fifth inning this
season. Over the fourth and fifth innings, the Cardinal has
outscored its opponents 167-76.
The last No. 1 seed to win the CWS was Miami in
1999, the first year the bracket expanded to 64. The Hurricanes
went 4-0 in Omaha and defeated No. 2 Florida State 6-5 in the
For the second day in a row, a team avoided
elimination on the birthday of the head coach’s wife. LSU
defeated Rice on Tuesday on the birthday of Paul Mainieri’s
wife. Stanford eliminated Miami on the birthday of Mark Marquess’
wife. Wednesday was also the birthday of Cardinal pitcher Jeremy
Bleich and All-American catcher Jason Castro.