Chuck McLean’s memorable 2-run, inside-the-park homer in the 10th inning gave USC a 3-2 victory over Baylor, in one of the great College World Series finishes of all-time.
Undefeated USC starter Randy Martz and Baylor’s Jaime Cocanower dueled for 9 innings, with each pitcher allowing only one run. In the tenth, Martz retired the first two Bears hitters, but then three straight singles produced a run and a 2-1 Baylor lead headed to the bottom of the tenth.
Mark Van Bever doubled to start the inning for Carolina, then advanced to third on Mookie Wilson’s ground out. That’s when left fielder Chuck McLean lined the first pitch to deep center, with the ball rolling all the way to the wall. Assistant coach Johnny Hunton, who had ironically taken over third base coaching duties in the ninth inning, boldly waved McLean around third. He slid in safely with the winning run giving USC a thrilling 3-2 victory on the rare inside-the-park homer.