June 3, 1994 - June 11, 1994 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 161,638
Oklahoma, a team that started the college baseball season with no respect, ended the season with no doubts.
The Sooners claimed their first national baseball championship since 1951 by crushing Georgia Tech 13-5 in the championship game of the College World Series.
The Sooners displayed the character of champions as they marched through the NCAA tournament with eight straight victories to finish 50-17. A team that demonstrated excellent come-from-behind ability in 25 of their first 46 wins, Oklahoma trailed just twice in 74 innings in regional and CWS play.
The Sooners' all-out assault presented coach Larry Cochell with his first national title. Cochell said he thought he had a team that could make a title run when practice began the previous January.
Others had their doubts. The Sooners started the season unranked in the three college baseball polls.
Oklahoma cruised into the CWS having won four straight at the Central Regional at Austin, Texas. In Omaha, fourth-seeded Oklahoma jumped out to a four-run lead against Auburn and hung on for a 5-4 opening-round victory.
The Sooners outlasted Arizona State in a 4-3, 11-inning victory in the second round, then came back to end the Sun Devils' bid to win for ailing Coach Jim Brock with a 6-1 win Thursday.
But Georgia Tech also advanced to Saturday's game unbeaten with two wins over Cal State Fullerton and another against Florida State. The second-seeded Yellow Jackets, the preseason No. 1 pick in two polls, appeared primed to finish the season in the same position they started.
Oklahoma made sure Tech didn't, unleashing a 16-hit attack that included center fielder Chip Glass' third CWS home run and a monstrous, three-run shot by designated hitter Damon Minor.
Oklahoma closed the season with wins in 18 of its final 21 games.
"We got hot at the right time,"Cochell said. "I think we had the best club, although if you saw us six weeks ago, we might not have been the best.
"But we played the best when we had, and we have the national championship."
Not to mention some respect.
Ryan Minor, Oklahoma, 1b, So.
Rick Gutierrez, Oklahoma, 2b, Sr.
Antone Williamson, Arizona St., 3b, Jr.
Nomar Garciaparra, Georgia Tech, ss, Jr.
Mark Kotsay, Cal St. Fullerton, of, Fr.
Darvin Traylor, Oklahoma, of, Sr.
Chip Glass, Oklahoma, of, Sr.
Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, c, Sr.
Todd Walker, LSU, dh, Jr.
Mark Redman, Oklahoma, p, So.
Brad Rigby, Georgia Tech, p, Jr.