May 29, 1992 - June 6, 1992 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 154,216
A young boy's January prediction became reality on a sunny June afternoon for the Pepperdine baseball team.
Relying on standout pitching and stellar defense — particularly by second baseman Steve Rodriguez — the Waves pulled out a 3-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the championship game of the College World Series.
The seventh-seeded Waves finished their championship season 48-11-1. Afterward, Pepperdine Coach Andy Lopez and his players paid tribute to arguably their No. 1 fan — 11-year-old Fred Evander of Ralston.
"Fred sent us a photo in January of himself standing in front of Rosenblatt Stadium with a letter telling me that we were going to win the national championship," Lopez said as the boy sat at his side at the postgame press conference.
"We're thinking about taking him home with us."
The Waves would have to be content simply to cart back the national championship trophy to Malibu, Calif., as Fred, son of Rich and Kim Evander, would remain in Ralston.
Dan Melendez, Pepperdine, 1b, Jr.
Steve Rodriguez, Pepperdine, 2b, Jr.
Phil Nevin, Cal St. Fullerton, 3b, Jr.
Nate Rodriquez, Cal St. Fullerton, ss, Jr.
Byron Mathews, Oklahoma, of, Jr.
Chris Powell, Cal St. Fullerton, of, Sr.
Johnathen Smith, Miami (Fla.), of, Sr.
Scott Vollmer, Pepperdine, c, Jr.
Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, dh, So.
Patrick Ahearne, Pepperdine, p, Sr.
James Popoff, Cal St. Fullerton, p, Sr.