June 2, 1989 - June 10, 1989 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 132,865
James R. Burnett / The World-Herald
Wichita State, brushing aside injury and adversity, completed its climb to the top with a 5-3 victory over Texas in the championship game of the 43rd College World Series.
Right-hander Greg Brummett, nicknamed Spike by his teammates for his tough-as-nails approach to pitching, nailed down the Shockers’ first national title in any sport by holding the hard-hitting Longhorns to six singles in claiming his third victory of the tournament.
"Brummett was everything I was afraid he’d be," Texas Coach Cliff Gustafson said.
And everything Brummett’s teammates have come to expect and admire in the 6-foot senior.
"Greg Brummett was just nails all the way," said catcher Eric Wedge.
Brummett was named the outstanding player of the tournament. His performance helped his team exorcise the nightmare of falling short in 1988, when the Shockers were one strike away from earning a spot in the championship game.
In that game, Arizona State rallied from a two-out 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 victory. The Sun Devils then eliminated Wichita State with a 19-1 victory to provide the Shockers with an experience that both haunted and inspired them.
The fourth-seeded Shockers, who finished 68-16 by winning five of six CWS games, faced must-win situations after losing to Florida State in the second round. Wichita State battled back with wins over Arkansas, Florida State twice and the top-seeded Longhorns to become the first team from outside of Texas, California, Florida or Arizona to win a CWS title since Ohio State in 1966.
David Lowery, Texas, 1b, Jr.
Rocky Rau, Florida St., 2b, Jr.
Craig Newkirk, Texas, 3b, Sr.
Pat Meares, Wichita St., ss, So.
Todd Dreifort, Wichita St., of, Fr.
Jim Audley, Wichita St., of, So.
Arthur Butcher, Texas, of, Sr.
Eric Wedge, Wichita St., c, Jr.
Scott Bryant, Texas, dh, Jr.
Jim Newlin, Wichita St., p, Jr.
Greg Brummett, Wichita St., p, Sr.