June 3, 1983 - June 11, 1983 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 115,700
University of Texas
The difference was desire.
Texas players and coaches agreed on that as the Longhorns completed their undefeated trip through the College World Series with a 4-3 victory over Alabama to earn their fourth national championship.
"We wanted this more than any other thing," said Longhorn shortstop Mike Brumley, who scored Texas' go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
Coach Cliff Gustafson had a similar answer when asked the difference between that season and the previous year's fourth-place finish.
"I would say we had more of a never say die attitude," Gustafson said.
Texas won the double-elimination tournament while going unbeaten in five games. Alabama, with one loss, would have needed to win that contest to set up a championship win.
Texas right-hander Calvin Schiraldi, who picked up two pitching victories for the Longhorns, was named the most valuable player.
"Timely hitting and pitching — that's what did it for us," said Brumley, who scored Texas' third run. "That's what has done it for us all year. We've got to feel great we won it."
Dave Magadan, Alabama, 1b, Jr.
Bill Bates, Texas, 2b, Fr.
Chris Sabo, Michigan, 3b, Jr.
Mike Brumley, Texas, ss, Jr.
Barry Bonds, Arizona St., of, Fr.
Dale Sklar, Michigan, of, So.
Tim Knapp, Oklahoma St., of, Sr.
Jeff Hearron, Texas, c, Sr.
Pete Incaviglia, Oklahoma St., dh, Fr.
Calvin Schiraldi, Texas, p, Jr.
Tim Meacham, Alabama, p, Jr.