1998 College World Series

May 29, 1998 - June 6, 1998  •  Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska  •   Attendance: 204,361

College World Series 1998, USC powered its way to top

USC powered its way to top

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Series highlights

Southern California's one-touchdown victory brought a fitting ending to the slow-pitch softball tournament that masqueraded as the 52nd College World Series.

The Trojans pounded out 23 hits, including a championship-game record five homers, in outlasting Arizona State 21-14 at Rosenblatt Stadium. The victory completed the Trojans' march back from a tournament-opening loss and presented the school with its 12th national championship.

The man who was responsible for the first 11, Rod Dedeaux, watched with pride as USC returned to the championship throne for the first time in two decades.

The Trojans won partly because of their ability to come back. USC lost the second game of its regional tournament, but won three elimination games to earn its ticket to Omaha. The Trojans were beaten by LSU in the first round, then ran off five straight must-wins to become the first team since Arizona in 1980 to claim the title after losing its opening game.

Most Outstanding Player

Wes Rachels, Southern California

Rachels drove in a championship-game record seven runs and tied another mark with five hits.

Rachels' RBI total also tied the one-game CWS record.

"I don't think I ever had seven RBIs, even in Little League," said Rachels, a senior who had played in the CWS in 1995 but was hitting .186 in USC's previous 10 NCAA tournament games.

Series notes

All-Tournament Team

Robb Gorr, Southern California, 1b, Jr.
Wes Rachels, Southern California, 2b, Sr.
Andrew Beinbrink, Arizona St., 3b, Jr.
Michael Collins, Arizona St., ss, Jr.
Rudy Arguellas, Arizona St., of, Sr.
Cedrick Harris, LSU, of, Fr.
Brad Ticehurst, Southern California, of, Jr.
Eric Munson, Southern California, c, So.
Jason Lane, Southern California, dh, Jr.
Alex Santos, Miami (Fla.), p, So.
Jack Krawczyk, Southern California, p, Sr.

Games played in 1998 CWS

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