June 17, 2005 - June 26, 2005 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 263,475
Three hundred sixty four days after leaving Rosenblatt Stadium as red-faced runners-up, Texas celebrated a national championship in 2005. J. Brent Cox's strikeout of Florida's Stephen Barton sealed Texas' 6-2 victory and a sweep of the College World Series best-of-three championship series.
A year before, Taylor Teagarden was among the Longhorns who refused to come out to accept the second-place trophy after getting swept in the championship series by Cal State Fullerton. They said it was a mix-up, even though NCAA officials had informed them of the on-field ceremony. They were roasted in the days that followed for what some perceived as a lack of sportsmanship.
The 2005 championship came from a group that struggled at various times during the season, finishing third in its conference.
But once they hit Omaha, the Longhorns were unbeatable in five wins that hiked their record to 56-16. Texas outscored its five opponents 24-8. Texas pitchers posted a 1.40 ERA and struck out 41 hitters in 45 innings. The defense was outstanding, turning six double plays and committing just three errors.
No two Longhorns stepped up more on championship Sunday than pitcher Kyle McCulloch and third baseman David Maroul. McCulloch, a sophomore right-hander, picked up his second CWS win, and his 12th of the season, with a dominating performance that saw Florida (48-23) go hitless until the fifth inning.
Taylor Teagarden, Texas, c, Jr.
Jeff Larish, Arizona St., 1b, Sr.
Joey Hooft, Arizona St., 2b, Sr.
David Maroul, Texas, 3b, Sr.
Seth Johnston, Texas, ss, Sr.
Colin Curtis, Arizona St., of, So.
Travis Buck, Arizona St., of, Jr.
Andy Gerch, Nebraska, of, Fr.
Will Crouch, Texas, dh, Sr.
Kyle McCulloch, Texas, p, So.
J. Brent Cox, Texas, p, Jr.