June 13, 2009 - June 24, 2009 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 335,000
LSU captured the title with an 11-4 victory over Texas in the third game of the best-of-three finals at Rosenblatt Stadium. The Tigers hadn’t had time to wipe off the sweat that had earned them a championship before they started to get peppered with questions about next year.
The Tigers’ championship opponent, Texas, also figures to have a good chance to get back to Omaha. The Longhorns also return the bulk of their team, including a talented pitching staff that includes Taylor Jungmann, who tied a CWS record by winning three games in Omaha.
Texas expects to contend for the title again next season. And another CWS qualifier, Virginia, figures to be near the top of next year’s preseason rankings as the Cavaliers will return 95 percent of their roster. Cal State Fullerton, which made it to Omaha with a pitching staff dominated by sophomores and freshmen, also should be in the conversation about title favorites in 2010.
LSU’s title completed an amazing season-and-a-half run for the Tigers. They made it to Omaha in 2008 by winning 26 of their final 29 games. Combine that success with this season’s, and the Tigers have won 82 of their last 102 games.
That’s a heady accomplishment in any league.
"Especially when you consider the level of competition we did it against,’" Mainieri said. "That kind of success gives us a lot of momentum and good feelings and confidence."
C Cameron Rupp, Texas
1B Dustin Ackley, North Carolina
2B DJ LeMahieu, LSU
3B Kyle Seager, North Carolina
SS Tyler Cannon, Virginia
OF Kole Calhoun, Arizona St.
OF Jared Mitchell, LSU
OF Ryan Schimpf, LSU
DH Russell Moldenhauer, Texas
P Anthony Ranaudo, LSU
P Taylor Jungmann, Texas