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Card Walk Away Without 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 first out. Romanczuk walked five Rice batters in the first inning alone, and pushed all three Owl runs across the plate on free passes. He would walk the first batter of the second inning on four pitches before being pulled by Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. Fellow freshman Matt Manship came in on relief and faced third baseman Craig Stansberry. The Rice batter would bunt down the third base line to Jonny Ash, who fielded the attempted sacrifice bunt but could not come up with the ball cleanly enough to make a throw to first. A Manship walk later would load the bases with one out. The...
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