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Card Walk Away Without Title

Five 1st inning walks for Romo

This Stanford baseball team, particularly with its juniors and seniors, wanted to get back to a title game in the College World Series and right the wrongs left lingering from the 2001 shellacking. What they didn't want to happen was a repeat defeat of the same magnitude, which played out today in a 14-2 loss to Rice. Stanford pitchers walked 12 Owl batters and afterward walked away from Omaha again without a title.

The game is frankly too depressing to recap and rehash in all its gory detail.  But it was the pitching damage done in the first inning and then repeated offensive failures at the plate that defined this 14-2 loss.  Freshman All-America RHP Mark Romanczuk took the hill in his second College World Series start and third appearance, but he would load the bases and walk in a run before recording his...

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