30 years ago: Shocker setback at the College World Series

Ted "The Sports Head"
June 04, 2019 - 1:35 pm

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30 years ago on this day: the Wichita State baseball team suffered its only loss at the 1989 College World Series in Omaha, losing to pitcher Clyde Keller and Florida State 4-2 at Rosenblatt Stadium in a winner's bracket game.

After this loss to the top-seeded Seminoles, WSU would not lose again on its way to the national championship.

WSU would come back and beat Keller five days later on its way to the national championship game.

After averaging 2.5 runs per game during its first two contests in Omaha, WSU head coach Gene Stephenson tinkered with the lineup, after which the Shockers averaged eight runs per game on its way to the title.

WSU went 7-0 in 1989 in season-ending elimination games, winning three straight out of the loser's bracket to win the Regional in Fresno, then four straight at the College World Series out of the loser's bracket.

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