5 Best College Baseball World Series
The 5 best college baseball world series are worth noting because NCAA baseball still uses aluminum bats and offense takes precedence most of the time. Hits are easier to come by. Most top pitchers coming out of high school are snapped up by the major leagues, so at times the best players do not play college ball. You could view this as a true amateur sport as colleges are not essentially a farm club for the pros, as the case often is in basketball and football. There have been some great series, and some great stories over the years, so here is our pick for the top five all time college baseball world series.
- 2010, South Carolina Gamecocks beat UCLA in the finals for the championship. There are many reasons to put this one at the top of the list. One is that it was the last series to be played at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., after 61 years of hosting the event. The last game was also a classic, with South Carolina needing one win to clinch the title and UCLA battling to stay a live by forcing a third game. The game itself was a classic, with the Gamecocks rallying to tie in the eighth inning and escaping a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. The Gamecocks put across the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to get the dramatic win in a game that lasted nearly five hours. It was also the first national title for the Gamecocks in any men's sport.
- 2008 Fresno State beats Georgia in three games. Fresno State was the lowest ranked team, not in the top-25 even, to ever win the College Baseball World Series. Fresno lost the first game of a three-game series against Georgia, and won the next two to take the championship.
- 1973 USC beats Arizona State. This one makes the list not because of who won, but because of the drama of one game and an individual performance. Dave Winfield, playing for Minnesota, was the series most valuable player as the best pitcher and best hitter. Winfield started two games as a pitcher, striking out 29 over 17 and a third innings and allowing nine hits and only one earned run. He also had a .467 batting average in the series. In the ninth inning of the semifinals, Minnesota led USC 7-0, but ended up losing 8-7 after Winfield was taken off the mound and sent to the outfield.
- 2007 Oregon State made it look easy in 2007. After a 3-2 win over Cal-Fullerton in the first round, Oregon rolled to win their next four games by at least six runs each. They were seeded in the lower half of the bracket as the defending champion. Only five teams have repeated championships. They were the first team to win four games by six or more runs.
- 1950 Texas wins. This was the first series played at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. Texas became the first repeat champion with the win, but it didn't come easy. The Longhorns lost the first first round to Rutgers and had to come back through the loser's bracket to get to the finals. Along the way Jim Ehler threw the first no-hitter in tournament history in a 7-0 win over Tufts. To get to the finals, Texas beat Rutgers and then beat Washington State for the title.