Junior Chris Sabo hit a three-run homer and Michigan stopped an eighth-inning rally to defeat Maine, 6-5, in a first-round game of the double-elimination College World Series tonight.
In tonight's second game, Alabama's Craig Shipley hit a game-winning infield single in the 11th inning and teammate David Magadan--college baseball's batting champion--tied a series record with five hits, to pace the Crimson Tide (43-9) to a 6-5 victory over Arizona State (42-22).
In the 11th, Allan Stallings reached on an error by the pitcher and Frank Velleggia was intentionally walked. Dee Smithey singled to left, but Stallings was picked off overrunning third. Vellegia and Dee Smithey advanced on a wild pitch and Shipley then connected with an infield hit to score Velleggia.
Sabo's homer, over the 343-foot right field fence, broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning of the Michigan-Maine game. He drove in Barry Larkin, who had doubled, and Mike Watter, who had walked.
Maine (29-15) scored on a second-inning homer from Brad Colton, who also led the three-run eighth inning rally with a double. Kevin Beriner homered in the fifth for the Black Bears.
Michigan (49-7) scored twice in the seventh. Larkin doubled and scored on Watter's hit. Watter came around on a hit by Sabo.
Maine threatened in the eighth when Colton doubled off the right field wall to bring in Jeff Paul. Tom Vanidestine's single scored Colton to make it 6-4 and Peter Bushway singled to score Vanidestine.
On Tuesday, the Wolverines meet Alabama. Maine meets Arizona State Sunday night, after James Madison plays Stanford in the other loser's bracket game.
No. 1 Texas, a 12-0 winner over James Madison Friday night, will play third-rated Oklahoma State in a winner's bracket game Monday. Oklahoma State defeated No. 2 seed Stanford, 3-1, Friday night.
Texas Coach Cliff Gustafson said James Madison, in the series for the first time and bottom-seeded in the eight-team field, "had to be nervous."
"They wouldn't be human if they weren't," Gustafson said. "I was nervous. The day I stop being nervous at the College World Series is the day I get out of coaching."
James Madison Coach Brad Babcock said his team "never made a threat."
"If we would have had a little more intensity we could have stayed close," Babcock said. "We just couldn't throw strikes."
For Texas, junior Calvin Schiraldi pitched a five-hitter and allowed only two runners to reach third base, and Mike Trent tied a tournament record by scoring four runs.
Trent, who had three bunt singles and a walk, equaled the record of 13 other players.