June 2, 1978 - June 8, 1978 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 79,654
Rudy Smith / The World-Herald
Southern California coach Rod Dedeaux had won College World Series championships with sweeps and also after losing in the first round.
Which way did he prefer?
"Well, basically," he said, "we just tried to play one game at a time in the years we lost in the first round.
"But it's nice to be out front," he said, after the Trojans dispatched Arizona State 10-3 to win their 11th national championship.
Bill Bordley, a 19-year-old left-hander, pitched the Trojans to their title game victory. The Sun Devils lost twice to USC in the CWS — and with those setbacks they relinquished the championship they captured in 1977.
The Trojans marched undefeated through the CWS to championships in 1961, 1968, 1973, and 1978. They won titles after losing first-round CWS games in 1958, 1963, and 1970.
The other Trojan title years were 1948, 1971, 1972, and 1974.
It was a new generation of Trojans that performed in 1978. None of the 1978 Trojans had ever played before in the College World Series.
Dave Hostetler, Southern California, 1b, Sr.
Mike Fox, North Carolina, 2b, Sr.
Bob Horner, Arizona St., 3b, Jr.
Doug Stokke, Southern California, ss, Sr.
Tim Tolman, Southern California, lf, Sr.
John Wells, Southern California, cf, Jr.
Steve Michael, Arizona St., rf, Jr.
Chris Bando, Arizona St., c, Sr.
Randy Guerra, Miami (Fla.), dh, Jr.
Rod Boxberger, Southern California, p, Jr.
Casey Lindsey, Arizona St., p, Jr.