June 9, 2000 - June 17, 2000 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 200,917
One swing turned College World Series frustration into national championship jubilation for Louisiana State catcher Brad Cresse in 2000.
Cresse's last-pitch single brought in the winning run and completed an LSU comeback that produced a 6-5 victory over top-ranked Stanford.
The fans, along with a CBS national television audience, saw LSU run its record to 5-0 in championship games by closing the 2000 season at 52-17. Stanford fell to 50-16 in losing for the first time in three trips to the final game.
Those fans had a team to cheer for that coach Skip Bertman said was the best of his national championship squads. The Tigers won titles in 1991, 1993, 1996 and 1997, and tied for second with Arizona State on the all-time list behind Southern California (12 championships).
All seven seniors on LSU's postseason roster made key contributions in the Tigers' first unbeaten postseason run. LSU closed the season with 13 straight wins — four at the Southeastern Conference tournament, three at the NCAA regional, two at the super regional and four at the CWS.
Senior pitchers Hunter Gomez and Ben Saxon each pitched well in CWS starts. Trey Hodges pitched four scoreless innings against the Cardinal to gain his second win of the CWS, as well as the most outstanding player award.
And Barbier, Witten and Cresse — the Tigers' three links to their 1997 championship team — all came up big in their final at-bats as LSU players.
Craig Thompson, Stanford, 1b
Mike Fontenot, LSU, 2b, Fr.
Blair Barbier, LSU, 3b, Sr.
Ryan Theriot, LSU, ss, So.
Steven Feehan, La.-Lafayette, of, Sr.
Edmund Muth, Stanford, of, Sr.
Joe Borchard, Stanford, of, Jr.
Beau Craig, Southern California, c, So.
Brad Hawpe, LSU, dh, Jr.
Jon McDonald, Florida St., p, Jr.
Trey Hodges, LSU, p, Sr.