June 19, 2009

Game 12 Recap

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By Phil Stanton

CollegeBaseballInsider.com Co-Founder

This was the second game of the 2009 College World Series won in a team’s final at-bat. Texas won its opening-round game against Southern Miss with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth. It was the 73rd CWS game won by a team in its final at-bat.


The last team to win a CWS game with a walk-off home run was Texas, when Chance Wheeless did it against Baylor on June 22, 2005.


Texas will face LSU for the national title. This will be the first time the two have met for the championship. The Longhorns have won six crowns in 12 appearances in the title game, while the Tigers have won five titles in six championship appearances.


This is the first time since 2001 that both teams advanced through bracket play undefeated.


Texas has won eight straight CWS games, the longest active streak.


The Longhorns are 11-0 when hitting two or more home runs.


Augie Garrido has won 37 CWS games, the third-highest total in history.


Six of Cameron Rowe’s seven home runs have been hit on Fridays.


Texas is 36-1 when holding opponents to three runs or less.


The Longhorns lead the nation in ERA (2.88 for Texas, 2.89 for Arizona State).


Texas leads all programs with 134 CWS games and 81 wins. Arizona State is third with 97 games and 61 victories.


Arizona State finished with 51 wins, the second-highest total in the country.


Mike Leake (left) of ASU finished the season with 162 strikeouts, second nationally to Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State. He leads the country with 16 wins, 142 innings pitched and 18 starts. Leake is also second with 1.71 ERA.


“This is the best team I’ve ever been on,” Leake said. “I’ll always remember this team, every game we played, every moment we had.”


ASU’s Kole Calhoun hit .563 (9 for 16) in the College World Series with three home runs and 11 RBI.


“This experience for me has been unreal,” Calhoun said. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. Getting the chance to play here was everything I could have wanted. I got to do it with some of my best friends that I’ve ever had on a team. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. This is something that I’ll definitely remember forever.”


(photo courtesy of ASU Media Relations Office)