June 4, 1993 - June 12, 1993 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 173,296
Wichita State found Louisiana State pitcher Brett Laxton too hot to handle.
Laxton, relying primarily on 90-mph fastballs, blew away the Shockers' College World Series championship hopes in an 8-0 victory before 20,286 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Credit Laxton's teammates for stripping the championship game of the drama that had saturated the 47th national tournament. Seven of the 14 games were decided by comebacks from the seventh inning on. Six were one-run games.
The Tigers ripped into Wichita State for seven runs in the first three innings. Todd Walker, the tournament's most valuable player, started the scoring with a first-inning, two-run homer, his third of the tournament.
Wichita State took advantage of its opponents' generosity in its first three games in Omaha. The Shockers scored three unearned runs in a 4-3 win over Arizona State in the first round. Their four-run rally in a second-round, 7-6 win over Texas featured one ball hit out of the infield. Oklahoma State pitchers walked 11 Shockers in the 10-4 WSU victory that put the Shockers in the title game.
But Laxton made few mistakes against the Shockers, whose missing-in-action offense asserted little pressure.
But it wasn't enough to deny the Tigers another championship trophy to finish off a season that began with them being picked as the consensus No. 1 team.
Hunter Triplett, Oklahoma St., 1b, Sr.
Todd Walker, LSU, 2b, So.
Casey Blake, Wichita St., 3b, Fr.
Jason Adams, Wichita St., ss, So.
Jim Greely, LSU, of, Sr.
Jason Heath, Oklahoma St., of, Sr.
Amanda Rios, LSU, of, Sr.
Adrian Antonini, LSU, c, Jr.
Jeff Liefer, Long Beach St., dh, Fr.
Brett Laxton, LSU, p, Fr.
Mike Sirotka, LSU, p, Sr.