OMAHA, Neb. Stanford coach Mark Marquess would have been happy to score one run in the ninth inning against Florida State.
How about 11?
"That's one of those things that happen. You don't know why it happens," Marquess said after the Cardinal's record-tying 11-run outburst broke open a tie game in a 16-5 victory in Saturday's College World Series opener.
"Luckily, it happened for us," he said. "We got a couple big hits and broke it open."
Yes, they did.
Brent Milleville's three-run homer highlighted Stanford's biggest inning of the year and the biggest in a CWS game since Cal State Fullerton scored 11 times against LSU in the first inning in 1994. Sean Ratliff added a two-run single and Cord Phelps a two-run double.
"We're as comfortable hitting in the late innings as in the first few," Ratliff said. "We love to hit in those spots, get a couple hits and it starts to get contagious. We're as good as anybody at stringing hits together."
Stanford (40-22-2) will play Monday against Georgia (42-23-1). The Seminoles (54-13) will try to stay alive Monday against top-seeded Miami (52-10), which lost to the Bulldogs 7-4.
The Cardinal went into the ninth tied at 5 after FSU's Jason Stidham hit a two-out, three-run homer off Drew Storen in the eighth."They're a great offensive team, and you don't keep those people down very long," Marquess said. "I would have settled for one run in the ninth after they came back and tied it in the dramatic fashion they did. It happened to be 11. Whether it was one or two runs, that was huge."
GEORGIA 7, MIAMI 4: Georgia scored four runs in the ninth inning two on Miami closer Carlos Gutierrez's throwing error and the Bulldogs came from behind to beat the top-seeded Hurricanes 7-4 in the College World Series on Saturday night.
Gutierrez, the Minnesota Twins' first-round draft pick, came on to start the ninth to protect Miami's one-run lead. He couldn't do it, and Miami lost for the first time in 46 games in which it led after eight innings.
Georgia (42-23-1) advanced to a game against Stanford on Monday. Miami will try to stay alive in Bracket 1 when it meets Florida State in an elimination game, also Monday.
Miami's meltdown started when Bryce Massanari singled up the middle leading off the ninth. Pinch-runner Adam Fuller moved over on Matt Cerione's sacrifice, and Robbie O'Bryan reached when he swung at Gutierrez's wild pitch on strike three, putting runners at the corners.
Lyle Allen singled in the tying run before David Thoms grounded to Gutierrez (5-4), who threw far wide of first baseman Yonder Alonso. Two runs scored as the ball rolled into the Georgia bullpen. Thoms ended up on third and scored on Ryan Peisel's single to left.
Joshua Fields (3-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief to get the win.