Fullerton sweeps Texas for national title

Monday, June 28, 2004

OMAHA, Neb. -- After struggling at the start of the season, Cal State Fullerton ended it in championship style.

Jason Windsor pitched a five-hitter, Kurt Suzuki's RBI single capped off a three-run seventh inning and Cal State Fullerton won the College World Series with a 3-2 victory over Texas on Sunday.

The Titans (47-22) won the best-of-three championship series 2-0 -- a surprising end to a season they started 15-16. The 22 losses are the most by a national champion since Stanford had 23 in 1988.

"I'm in shock. I'm in awe," Fullerton coach George Horton said. "These guys I've been honored to coach have kept surprising me and surprising me and surprising me. This is the greatest turnaround in Cal State Fullerton history."

Fullerton also won national titles in 1979, 1984 and 1995 -- all under current Texas coach Augie Garrido.

The Longhorns (58-15), the top seed in the field, had moved through the tournament with a string of lopsided victories that made them the prohibitive favorite against Cal State Fullerton.

"It appeared by the way we were playing that we were the best team and would win this tournament, which makes it even harder for the players to understand or accept," Garrido said. "We did our best. They did better."

Windsor (13-4) was strong in throwing his second complete game of the CWS. He struck out 10 and walked one.

In 21 innings at the CWS, Windsor gave up 11 hits and two runs, struck out 29 and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

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