June 18, 2004 - June 27, 2004 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 256,730
No player in College World Series history ever lived up to his nickname more than Cal State Fullerton catcher Kurt Suzuki did in 2004.
Dubbed "Kurt Klutch,'' Suzuki broke out of a 2-for-20 slump and delivered the hit that produced Fullerton's fourth national championship. His RBI single to left field capped a three-run, seventh-inning rally that gave the fourth-ranked Titans a 3-2 win over No. 2 Texas before 21,392 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Jason Windsor made Suzuki's hit stand up by finishing off another standout performance that allowed Fullerton to sweep the best-of-three championship series. The senior right-hander gave up two runs in the first inning, then held Texas to three hits in the final eight to finish off the 58-15 Longhorns with his 11th complete game of the season.
It was his second of the CWS and, combined with the three innings he threw in the win over South Carolina that put Fullerton into the championship series, it made Windsor's selection as the CWS' outstanding player a no-brainer.
The Titans were 15-16 after an April 3 loss to Long Beach State. They came out the next day to post a 9-3 win over the 49ers that started them on a surge that saw Fullerton win 32 of its last 38 games to finish 47-22.
The good times started washing over the Fullerton players immediately after Bobby Andrews latched onto David Maroul's fly to right-center field for the game's final out.
Landon Powell, South Carolina, c, Sr.
Steve Pearce, South Carolina, 1b, Jr.
Seth Johnston, Texas, 2b, Jr.
Bryan Triplett, South Carolina, 3b, Sr.
Roger Tomas, Miami (Fla.), ss, Fr.
Jon Jay, Miami (Fla.), of, Fr.
Trevor Crowe, Arizona, of, So.
Brian Barton, Miami (Fla.), of, Jr.
Felipe Garcia, Cal St. Fullerton, dh, Jr.
Jason Windsor, Cal St. Fullerton, p, Sr.
Ricky Romero, Cal St. Fullerton, p, So.