June 14, 2002 - June 22, 2002 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 223,762
The Longhorns finished on top of the college baseball world for the first time since 1983 by defeating South Carolina 12-6 in the championship game of the College World Series.
The victory gave Texas its fifth national championship and Augie Garrido his fourth — his first three came when he was at Cal State Fullerton.
The championship qualities that Garrido saw in those Fullerton teams were first displayed by the Longhorns the previous fall. It was then that he started talking about how his sixth team at Texas had what it takes to win it all.
No Longhorn knew that any better than did Carmichael, who missed all of the 2001 season with a wrist injury. His hard work to get back for his senior season wasn't always rewarded as he spent most of the 2002 season playing a reserve role. He had batted just 57 times prior to the championship game at Rosenblatt Stadium, but unexpectedly found himself in the starting lineup.
The most important award the Longhorns would cart back home would be the championship trophy that Texas added to the ones it picked up for winning in 1949, 1950, 1975 and 1983. The 13-year drought between titles hadn't always been easy for Texas fans to accept, and no one knew that better than Garrido.
Michael Johnson, Clemson, 1b, Jr.
Tim Moss, Texas, 2b, So.
Omar Quintanilla, Texas, 3b, So.
Victor Menocal, Georgia Tech, ss, Sr.
Justin Harris, South Carolina, of, Jr.
Sam Fuld, Stanford, of, So.
Dustin Majewski, Texas, of, Jr.
Landon Powell, South Carolina, c, So.
Steve Stanley, Notre Dame, dh, Sr.
Justin Simmons, Texas, p, So.
Huston Street, Texas, p, Fr.