5 Best College Baseball World Series Moments
Coming up with the list of the 5 best College Baseball World Series moments was not an easy task. Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, has been the location of many thrilling moments, but these five will always be considered classics.
- Warren Morris hits a walk-off home run to end the Series, 1996. Morris, second baseman for Louisiana State University, provided what was not only one of the five best College Baseball World Series moments, but one of the best moments in baseball at any level. With LSU trailing the Miami Hurricanes 8 - 7 in the bottom of the ninth inning of the championship game and a runner on third, Morris lined the first pitch he saw from Miami reliever Robbie Morrison over the right field wall at Rosenblatt Stadium. Miami's championship hopes died when Morris ended the game, and the series, with one swing of the bat.
- Miami pulls off the hidden ball trick against Wichita State, 1982. Known as the "Grand Illusion," the entire right side of the Miami infield was in on this play. Protecting a 4 - 3 lead in the sixth inning, with Wichita State Shocker Phil Stephenson on first base, Miami pitcher Mike Kasprzak appeared to make a wild pick-off throw to first base. The Miami first baseman moved as if lunging for the throw and the second baseman and right fielder took off toward the Miami bullpen, seemingly chasing after the ball. Stephenson, thinking he had a chance to advance to second base, took off from first but Kasprzak still had the ball in his glove. Kasprzak threw the ball to the shortstop who was covering second and Stephenson was out easily. The Wichita State rally was over and Miami went on to win the game and, eventually, the championship, thanks in part to one of the five best College Baseball World Series moments.
- The final out of Creighton's 8 - 4 victory over Clemson, 1991. The atmosphere at the College Baseball World Series is always electric, but the energy in Rosenblatt Stadium was never higher than it was on June 2, 1991. A record crowd of 16,000 fans jammed into the stadium to see the seventh seed hometown Creighton Bluejays make their first appearance in the history of the series against the second-seeded Clemson Tigers. Steve Stahoviak, who went on to play first base for the Minnesota Twins, led the offensive charge against the favored Tigers with three hits and two RBI. The crowd was in ecstasy when the last out was recorded and the Bluejays had their first College World Series win, producing one of the best moments in College Baseball World Series history.
- Robin Ventura hits in 57th consecutive game, 1987. True, Oklahoma State Cowboy Robin Ventura surpassed Joe Dimaggio's record 56-game hitting streak in college baseball, not the Major Leagues. Still, it is a great accomplishment in any league. Ventura's pivotal College Baseball World Series moment came against Arizona State University, when he hit in his 57th straight game. He made it to 58 games against LSU, but the streak came to an end against future Chicago White Sox teammate, Jack McDowell of Stanford,
- Final awards ceremony at Rosenblatt Stadium, 2010. Saying goodbye to Rosenblatt Stadium is one of the five best College Baseball World Series moment. From 1950 through 2010, Rosenblatt served as the home of college baseball's championship. After the South Carolina Gamecocks beat the UCLA Bruins 2 - 1 in 11 innings in 2010, Rosenblatt's run as the home of the College World Series ended. The tournament moves to brand new TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha in 2011. The postgame awards ceremony was followed by fireworks and a melancholy version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" on the trumpet, a fitting tribute to a great home for one of the best events in college sports.
Posted on: Dec. 09, 2010