1987 College World Series

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The 1987 College World Series was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE from May 29 to June 7. The forty-first tournament's champion was Stanford University, coached by Mark Marquess. The Most Outstanding Player was Paul Carey of Stanford University. This CWS was best known for Stanford's dramatic 6-5 win over LSU in an elimination game. In that game, Stanford trailed 5-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning with 2 outs and nobody on base. Eventually, Freshman outfielder Paul Carey hit a walk off grand slam home run off LSU freshman (and future major leaguer) Ben McDonald to win the game.

This was the last CWS to use a double-elimination format through the championship game. Under the format used from 1950 through 1987, the bracket was often adjusted after the field was pared to four teams in order to avoid rematches from earlier rounds. Starting in 1988 and continuing through 2002, the eight teams were divided into two four-team brackets, with the bracket winners meeting in a single championship game. In 2003, the single championship game was changed to a best-of-three series.

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona State Pac-10 40 - 25 (16 - 14) Jim Brock 13
(last: 1984)
1st
(1965, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1981)
46 - 21
Arkansas SWC 50 - 14 - 1 (17 - 4) Norm DeBriyn 2
(last: 1985)
2nd
(1979)
5 - 4
Florida State Metro 54 - 16 (19 - 4) Mike Martin 8
(last: 1986)
2nd
(1970, 1986)
12 - 16
Georgia SEC 42 - 19 (18 - 8) Steve Webber 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0
Louisiana State SEC 47 - 17 (12 - 10) Skip Bertman 1
(last: 1986)
6th
(1986)
1 - 2
Oklahoma State Big 8 56 - 11 (15 - 6) Gary Ward 14
(last: 1986)
1st
(1959)
30 - 27
Stanford Pac-10 48 - 16 (21 - 9) Mark Marquess 5
(last: 1985)
3rd
(1967)
7 - 10
Texas SWC 58 - 9 (18 - 3) Cliff Gustafson 23
(last: 1985)
1st
(1949, 1950, 1975, 1983)
55 - 40

Results[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Bracket to be Included

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
May 29 Game 1 Oklahoma State 8 - 3 Arizona State
Game 2 Louisiana State 6 - 2 (10 innings) Florida State
May 30 Game 3 Texas 13 - 6 Arkansas
Game 4 Stanford 3 - 2 Georgia
May 31 Game 5 Florida State 3 - 0 Arizona State Arizona State eliminated
Game 6 Arkansas 5 - 4 Georgia Georgia eliminated
June 1/2 Game 7 Oklahoma State 8 - 7 Louisiana State
June 2 Game 8 Stanford 6 - 1 Texas
June 3 Game 9 Louisiana State 5 - 2 Arkansas Arkansas eliminated
Game 10 Texas 6 - 4 (10 innings) Florida State Florida State eliminated
June 4 Game 11 Oklahoma State 6 - 2 Stanford
June 5 Game 12 Stanford 6 - 5 (10 innings) Louisiana State Louisiana State eliminated
Game 13 Texas 6 - 5 Oklahoma State
June 6 Game 14 Stanford 9 - 3 Texas Texas eliminated
June 7 Final Stanford 9 - 5 Oklahoma State Stanford wins CWS
  • The Oklahoma State-LSU game was suspended overnight due to severe thunderstorms.
  • By virtue of its 3-0 start, Oklahoma State was guaranteed a spot in the championship game, even after losing Game 13 to Texas.

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.

Position Player Class School
Pitcher Pat Hope Sophomore Oklahoma State
Gregg Patterson Junior Louisiana State
Catcher Adam Smith Junior Oklahoma State
First baseman Jimmy Barragan Senior Oklahoma State
Second baseman Brad Beanblossom Freshman Oklahoma State
Third baseman Scott Coolbaugh Junior Texas
Shortstop David Esquer Senior Stanford
Outfielder Paul Carey Freshman Stanford
Brian Cisarik Junior Texas
Jack Voigt Junior Louisiana State
Designated hitter Mark Machtolf Senior Stanford

Notable players[edit]

Tournament Notes[edit]