1995 College World Series

June 2, 1995 - June 10, 1995  •  Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska  •   Attendance: 182,759

College World Series 1995, Titans finish CWS waltz before 22,027

THE WORLD-HERALD

Titans finish CWS waltz before 22,027

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Series highlights

Cal State Fullerton received its reward for a season that featured consistency of effort from the first pitch to the last.

The top-ranked Titans completed an unbeaten romp through the College World Series with an 11-5 victory over No. 2 Southern California in the national championship game at Rosenblatt Stadium. The victory, before a record crowd of 22,027, allowed 57-9 Fullerton to present Coach Augie Garrido with his third national title.

Cal State capped its championship season with 18 straight victories, four coming in the CWS. The Titans' .864 winning percentage is the highest by a national championship team since Texas won the title in 1975 with a 56-6 record (.903).

The Titans spent all but two of the final 14 weeks of the season ranked first in at least one of the three national polls. They started the NCAA tournament the previous month a consensus No.1 pick, and ended it with the highest winning percentage (.864) since Texas claimed the 1975 title with a 56-6 record (.903).

Fullerton also beat the CWS top-seed jinx. No top-seeded team had ever won the championship in the first seven years the seeding system had been used.

"We just didn't let it get in our way," first baseman D.C. Olsen said. "We didn't let it bother us."

Most Outstanding Player

Mark Kotsay, Cal State Fullerton

In the title game, Kotsay homered in his first two at-bats, made a head-first, body-extended, diving catch in right-center field and then came in to pitch the last 1-2/3 innings for the champion Titans.

He hit .563 (9 for 16), which tied him with Mark Standiford of Wichita State (1988), Rick Gutierrez of Oklahoma (1994) and Antone Williamson of Arizona State (1994) for third-best average for a CWS. He had 20 total bases and a slugging percentage of 1,250, which is second on the all-time CWS list behind LSU's Gary Hymel (1,357 in 1991).

Series notes

All-Tournament Team

Doug Mientkiewicz, Florida St., 1b, Jr.
Wes Rachels, Southern California, 2b, Fr.
Tony Martinez, Cal St. Fullerton, 3b, Jr.
Alex Cora, Miami (Fla.), ss, So.
J.D. Drew, Florida St., of, Fr.
Geoff Jenkins, Southern California, of, Jr.
Mark Kotsay, Cal St. Fullerton, of, So.
Brian Loyd, Cal St. Fullerton, c, So.
Scott Schroeffel, Tennessee, dh, Jr.
Randy Flores, Southern California, p, So.
Ted Silva, Cal St. Fullerton, p, Jr.

Games played in 1995 CWS


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