1983 College World Series

June 3, 1983 - June 11, 1983  •  Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska  •   Attendance: 115,700

College World Series 1983, Difference was desire

University of Texas

Difference was desire

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The difference was desire.

Texas players and coaches agreed on that as the Longhorns completed their undefeated trip through the College World Series with a 4-3 victory over Alabama to earn their fourth national championship.

"We wanted this more than any other thing," said Longhorn shortstop Mike Brumley, who scored Texas' go-ahead run in the seventh inning.

Coach Cliff Gustafson had a similar answer when asked the difference between that season and the previous year's fourth-place finish.

"I would say we had more of a never say die attitude," Gustafson said.

Texas won the double-elimination tournament while going unbeaten in five games. Alabama, with one loss, would have needed to win that contest to set up a championship win.

Texas right-hander Calvin Schiraldi, who picked up two pitching victories for the Longhorns, was named the most valuable player.

"Timely hitting and pitching — that's what did it for us," said Brumley, who scored Texas' third run. "That's what has done it for us all year. We've got to feel great we won it."

Most Outstanding Player

Calvin Schiraldi, Texas

The right-hander picked up two victories for the champion Longhorns, pitching 14 1/3 innings, striking out 16 and allowing just one earned run.

Schiraldi stopped James Madison 12-0 on five hits in the tournament opener, then struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings of relief against Alabama in the winners' bracket final.

Series notes

All-Tournament Team

Dave Magadan, Alabama, 1b, Jr.
Bill Bates, Texas, 2b, Fr.
Chris Sabo, Michigan, 3b, Jr.
Mike Brumley, Texas, ss, Jr.
Barry Bonds, Arizona St., of, Fr.
Dale Sklar, Michigan, of, So.
Tim Knapp, Oklahoma St., of, Sr.
Jeff Hearron, Texas, c, Sr.
Pete Incaviglia, Oklahoma St., dh, Fr.
Calvin Schiraldi, Texas, p, Jr.
Tim Meacham, Alabama, p, Jr.

Games played in 1983 CWS

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