May 29, 1998 - June 6, 1998 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 204,361
Southern California's one-touchdown victory brought a fitting ending to the slow-pitch softball tournament that masqueraded as the 52nd College World Series.
The Trojans pounded out 23 hits, including a championship-game record five homers, in outlasting Arizona State 21-14 at Rosenblatt Stadium. The victory completed the Trojans' march back from a tournament-opening loss and presented the school with its 12th national championship.
The man who was responsible for the first 11, Rod Dedeaux, watched with pride as USC returned to the championship throne for the first time in two decades.
The Trojans won partly because of their ability to come back. USC lost the second game of its regional tournament, but won three elimination games to earn its ticket to Omaha. The Trojans were beaten by LSU in the first round, then ran off five straight must-wins to become the first team since Arizona in 1980 to claim the title after losing its opening game.
Robb Gorr, Southern California, 1b, Jr.
Wes Rachels, Southern California, 2b, Sr.
Andrew Beinbrink, Arizona St., 3b, Jr.
Michael Collins, Arizona St., ss, Jr.
Rudy Arguellas, Arizona St., of, Sr.
Cedrick Harris, LSU, of, Fr.
Brad Ticehurst, Southern California, of, Jr.
Eric Munson, Southern California, c, So.
Jason Lane, Southern California, dh, Jr.
Alex Santos, Miami (Fla.), p, So.
Jack Krawczyk, Southern California, p, Sr.