June 19, 2008
Stanford eliminates No. 1 Miami
Cardinal uses balanced offense to defeat
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – It was balanced offense.
Every starter either scored or drove in a run as
Stanford defeated No. 1 Miami 8-3 Wednesday in front of 22,774
fans at Rosenblatt Stadium to eliminate the Hurricanes from the
2008 College World Series.
Stanford (41-23-2) must beat No. 8 Georgia on
Friday at 2 p.m. ET and again on Saturday to advance to the
Championship Series. Miami finished its season 53-11.
The Cardinal had seven different players score
and six different players knock in a run. Leadoff hitter Cord
Phelps went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBI and needed a home run
to hit for the cycle. He singled in the first, doubled and
scored in the third and had a two-run triple to cap a four-run
“I knew in the back of my mind that I was a home
run away from the cycle,” Phelps said, “but in baseball, when
you think about something like that it never happens. That last
at-bat, I was just trying to get on base and keep it rolling.
Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but it was a good night.”
Sean Ratliff had a two-run homer earlier in the
fifth for Stanford, his 22nd.
“He threw the first pitch for a ball and I saw it
really well out of his hand,” Ratliff said. “I thought he was
either going to come with a fastball in or he was going to try
to throw that split and get me to chase. I saw it out of his
hand really good and he left it up over the middle of the plate,
something I could get extended on and I put a good swing on it.”
“The key for us was our offense,” said Stanford
head coach Mark Marquess. “I thought we got some big hits. When
you get here, everybody’s playing well. That means they’re
winning the big spot with the pitch, getting the big hit at the
right time. We weren’t able to do that the other night against
Georgia and Georgia was able to do that and they won. Tonight we
got a couple big hits with guys on base. Ratliff’s [two-run
homer] was big. Cord Phelps battled and got a big two-run
triple. We won the big spots tonight against a very strong
University of Miami team.”
Miami got on the board in the top of the first as
Blake Tekotte led off with an infield hit to the shortstop. He
stole second, moved to third on a bunt single by Jemile Weeks
and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mark Sobolewski to give the
Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. Stanford starter Danny Sandbrink was able
to work out of trouble and strand Weeks at third.
Stanford rallied in the third. Phelps started the
uprising with a double to left. He moved to third on a base hit
by Joey August and came home on a single by Jason Castro. Both
runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Brent Milleville and
August scored on Randy Molina’s sacrifice fly to give the
Cardinal a 2-1 advantage.
The Cardinal added a run in the fourth as Zach
Jones drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a fielder’s choice
and scored on a two-out single by August to stretch the lead to
3-1. The four-run fifth pushed the lead to 7-1. Toby Gerhart’s
RBI double in the sixth made it an 8-1 contest.
The Hurricanes added a run in the seventh on
Yasmani Grandal’s seventh home run and Ryan Jackson singled and
scored in the eighth to make it an 8-3 game.
Miami had runners on in every inning. The
Hurricanes hit 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and 5
for 21 with runners on base. Miami stranded 12, including two in
each of the final three innings.
“I want to congratulate Stanford on the win,”
said Miami head coach Jim Morris. “They outplayed us tonight.
They outplayed us in every phase of the game: pitching, defense
and hitting. They played a very solid game. We didn’t get it
done. We left too many guys on base. We had some opportunities.”
Sandbrink went four innings for Stanford with two
hits, one run, three walks and three strikeouts. Erik Davis
(8-3) took the mound in the fifth and also pitched four innings
with seven hits, two runs, two walks and six strikeouts. Drew
Storen recorded the final three outs in the ninth to secure the
“Maybe not my best statistics-wise but one of my
biggest, team-wise,” Davis said. “Danny Sandbrink, myself, Drew,
we held a very good offense in check for most of the game.
Today, all three of us did a very good job of keeping them
off-balance and not allowing them to get that big inning.”