June 26, 2008
2008 College World Series
Day 12 Notes
Fresno State won its first baseball national
championship. It was the school’s second NCAA Division I title.
The women’s softball team won the 1998 crown.
Fresno State is the fifth straight national
champion not to be a national seed. The Bulldogs are the seventh
straight champion to come from west of the Mississippi River.
Mike Batesole is the first head coach to win a
title in his first appearance in Omaha singe Pepperdine’s Andy
Lopez did it in 1992.
The WAC has now won seven baseball championships.
Rice won the most recent in 2003. Other winners include Arizona
in 1976 and Arizona State in 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1977.
Fresno State is the first national champion with
30 losses. Prior to this season, the 1998 Stanford team had a
record of 46-23 (.667) for the most losses and the lowest win
percentage for a national champ.
Fresno State is now 6-0 this season in
elimination games, winning one over San Diego in the Long Beach
Regional, two at No. 3 Arizona State in the Tempe Super Regional
and one over No. 2 North Carolina and two over No. 8 Georgia in
the College World Series.
Steve Detwiler is the fourth player to hit two
home runs in a CWS Championship Game and the first since Rob
Gorr of USC in 1998. The other two who accomplished the feat are
Mark Kotsay of Cal State Fullerton in 1995 and Bill Horning of
Minnesota in 1956.
Steve Susdorf had his 33rd double, the top mark
in Division I.
Gordon Beckham had 113 hits this season, setting
a Georgia record. His home run tied Matt Clark for the national
lead with 28.
The 2008 CWS had a record attendance of 330,099.
The previous mark was 310,609, set in 2006.
The 2008 CWS All-Tournament Team
Catcher: Jason Castro, Stanford
First Base: Dustin Ackley, North Carolina
Second Base: Erik Wetzel, Fresno State
Third Base: Tommy Mendonca, Fresno State
Shortstop: Gordon Beckham, Georgia
Outfield: Tim Fedroff, North Carolina
Outfield: Steve Susdorf, Fresno State
Outfield: Steve Detwiler, Fresno State
Designated Hitter: Ryan Peisel, Georgia
Pitcher: Alex White, North Carolina
Pitcher: Justin Wilson, Fresno State
Most Outstanding Player: Tommy Mendonca, Fresno