1972 College World Series

June 9, 1972 - June 16, 1972  •  Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska  •   Attendance: 80,214

USC captures eighth crown

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Series highlights

Reliever Russ McQueen capped a five-inning relief performance by snuffing a bases-loaded, no-out threat to lead Southern California to its third straight CWS title with a 1-0 win against Arizona State. It was coach Rod Dedeaux's eighth championship for the university since 1948, including seven in Omaha.

McQueen allowed one hit and struck out five in closing the game.

The Trojans, 5-1 in the tournament including a previous 3-0 loss to the Sun Devils, scored the title game's lone run on a Tim Steele single, followed by a walk, a force play and a two-out wild pitch.

Overall attendance for the 23 College World Series held in Omaha surpassed a million during the series' eighth session.

Most Outstanding Player

Russ McQueen, Southern California

The 19-year-old McQueen recorded one save and three victories in the series — all in relief — including his championship-game feat.

Series notes

All-Tournament Team

Daryl Arenstein, Southern California, 1b, Jr.
Ken Reed, Arizona St., 2b, Sr.
David Chalk, Texas, 3b, Sr.
Steve Dillard, Mississippi, ss, So.
Bump Wills, Arizona St., of, So.
Tim Steele, Southern California, of, Sr.
Gary Atwell, Arizona St., of, Jr.
Sam Ceci, Southern California, c, Sr.
Russ McQueen, Southern California, p, So.
Craig Swan, Arizona St., p, Sr.

Games played in 1972 CWS

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