College World Series
Sunday, July 13
CS FULLERTON 3, TEXAS 2


OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- The timing was perfect for Kurt Suzuki's first RBI of the College World Series.

Suzuki lined a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the seventh inning and Jason Windsor went the distance as Cal State Fullerton captured its fourth national championship with a 3-2 victory over Texas.

Cal State Fullerton (47-22) capped an amazing season in which it was 15-16 on April 4 before winning 32 of its final 38 games. The Titans, who swept the best-of-three championship series, also earned titles in 1979, 1984, 1995 - all under current Texas coach Augie Garrido.

"I said to them when we were 15-16 or about that point that I had never been with a team that had been through so much adversity," said Titans coach George Horton, who replaced Garrido in 1996. "They kept their nose to the grindstone."

The Titans rallied for the second straight game against the Longhorns' vaunted bullpen. Fullerton managed only four hits through the first six innings and faced a 2-0 deficit.

Bobby Andrews' one-out single in the seventh chased Texas starter Sam LeCure, and pinch hitter Brent Pill greeted lefthander Buck Cody with a run-scoring triple. Cody (1-2) uncorked a wild pitch that allowed pinch runner Brandon Tripp to score the tying run.

Ronnie Prettyman reached on shortstop Michael Hollimon's error. J. Brent Cox replaced Cody and was greeted by Justin Turner's single. After Clark Hardman struck out, Suzuki - who arrived in Omaha with 86 RBI - finally registered his 87th with a single to left field.

"I had nothing to show for in this series but I felt I was hitting balls hard and I had nothing to show for it," said Suzuki, a second-round Oakland Athletics draft pick. "Before I went out to bat, I gave coach and my teammates a smile and thought, 'I'm going to hit the ball hard and maybe find a hole or something.'"

Windsor (13-4) pitched a five-hitter for his second complete game of the tournament to go with a save and was named CWS Most Outstanding Player. A third-round draft pick of the Athletics, Windsor won his 12th straight decision and struck out 10.

"I look at it on paper and it looks great and sometimes I don't believe it's me," Windsor said. "But it looks great."

Texas (58-15) was seeking its sixth national title and second under Garrido, having captured the 2002 crown. Huston Street, the MOP in 2002, blew a save chance on Saturday and Cody blew Sunday's game.

"It's really a devastating loss for the players," Garrido said. "Their hopes, their dreams, their work ethic has been tremendous all year long."

The Longhorns took the lead on Hunter Harris' two-run single in the first inning that snapped Windsor's scoreless innings streak at 27.

Windsor settled down and the Longhorns never seriously threatened over the final eight innings. The righthander struck out 29 in 21 innings in Omaha.

"He used his breaking ball and changeup in fastball counts," Garrido said. "It was a major league performance. Our guys can hit."

LeCure pitched well, allowing one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.



 

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