May 30, 1997 - June 7, 1997 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 204,309
The Tigers ended the college baseball season with a national-championship dogpile on Rosenblatt Stadium's pitching mound. It came after a 13-6 victory over top-ranked Alabama made LSU the first team to repeat as College World Series champion since Stanford won two straight in 1987 and 1988.
The Tigers tore through Southeastern Conference rival Alabama in the title game, which drew a record crowd of 24,401.
LSU, which won the previous year's title on Warren Morris' last-pitch, two-run homer, took much of the drama out of the final game by jumping on Alabama for a championship-game-record six runs in the first inning. The Tigers added three more, then turned to junior right-hander Doug Thompson to kill the Tide's comeback hopes in the fifth.
In many ways, it was a dream season for the Tigers. LSU wasn't expected to make another title run in 1997 after losing seven starters off the previous year's championship team. But the Tigers opened the season with an SEC-record 19 straight wins and closed it with a 12-2 run that included four CWS victories.
Along the way, the 1997 team played its way into a special spot in Coach Skip Bertman's heart.
"I'm as proud of this team as any team I've coached," Bertman said. "This team is the guttiest, grittiest, battlingest team I've ever had."
Eddie Furniss, LSU, 1b, Jr.
Joe Caruso, Alabama, 2b, Sr.
Andy Phillips, Alabama, 3b, So.
Brandon Larson, LSU, ss, Jr.
Mike Koerner, LSU, of, Jr.
Tom Bernhardt, LSU, of, Sr.
G.W. Keller, Alabama, of, So.
Matt Frick, Alabama, c, Jr.
Mark Peer, Alabama, dh, Jr.
Jeff Austin, Stanford, p, So.
Jarrod Kingrey, Alabama, p, Jr.