May 31, 1996 - June 8, 1996 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 182,430
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Louisiana State's Warren Morris gave the 50th College World Series an ending that would be remembered for the next 50.
Morris' two-out, two-run homer on the game's final pitch propelled the sixth-seeded Tigers to a 9-8 victory over fifth-seeded Miami before a record crowd of 23,905 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The first homer of the season for LSU's 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior second baseman marked the first time a CWS championship was decided on a home run on the last pitch.
The story got even better. Morris, a preseason All-American, missed 39 games and underwent surgery the previous April to remove a broken hamate bone from his right hand. He didn't start swinging a bat until May 20, the Monday before LSU began play in the NCAA tournament.
The Tigers gave Coach Bertman his third title in six years.
"Personally, this is the greatest championship that I've ever been associated with, including the gold medal in Korea in 1988 and the national titles at Miami and LSU," Bertman said. "This team is special. We have some tremendous talent, but to win it is a special thing."
Chris Moller, Alabama, 1b, Sr.
Rudy Gomez, Miami (Fla.), 2b, Jr.
Pat Burrell, Miami (Fla.), 3b, Fr.
Alex Cora, Miami (Fla.), ss, Jr.
Justin Bowles, LSU, of, Sr.
Michael DeCelle, Miami (Fla.), of, Jr.
Brad Wilkerson, Florida, of, Fr.
Tim Lanier, LSU, c, Sr.
Chuck Hazzard, Florida, dh, So.
J.D. Arteaga, Miami (Fla.), p, Jr.
Eddie Yarnall, LSU, p, Jr.