June 11, 1999 - June 19, 1999 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 206,639
A decade that brought "gorilla ball" to the College World Series ended with a champion for baseball traditionalists.
Miami relied on pitching and defense instead of home-run barrages to claim its third national championship. The Hurricanes sewed up the title with a 6-5 victory over Florida State in the championship game of the 53rd College World Series.
The down-to-the-wire, every-pitch-counts game provided a contrast to the 1998 title game, when Southern California bludgeoned its way to a 21-14 victory over Arizona State. That game characterized the offensive excess of "gorilla ball" that critics said threatened the integrity of the college game.
"Gorilla ball" is the phrase used to describe the style of play in which teams unleash legions of bulked-up sluggers on opponents.
In winning the championship, Miami turned back the page. The Hurricanes combined the outstanding pitching of starters Alex Santos and David Gil, set-up man Vince Vazquez and closer Michael Neu with solid defense to sweep its way through nine NCAA tournament games and finish 50-13.
John Gall, Stanford, 1b, Jr.
Marshall McDougall, Florida St., 2b, Jr.
Lale Esquivel, Miami (Fla.), 3b, Jr.
Bobby Hill, Miami (Fla.), ss, Jr.
Matt Diaz, Florida St., of, So.
G.W. Keller, Alabama, of, Sr.
Manny Crespo, Miami (Fla.), of, So.
Jeremiah Klosterman, Florida St., c, Sr.
Sam Scott, Florida St., dh, Jr.
Chris Chavez, Florida St., p, Sr.
Michael Neu, Miami (Fla.), p, Jr.