1998 College World Series

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The 1998 College World Series (CWS) was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, from May 29 to June 6. The fifty-second tournament's champion was the University of Southern California, coached by Mike Gillespie. The championship was the Trojans' record 11th, but their first since 1978, the last under coach Rod Dedeaux. The Most Outstanding Player was USC second baseman Wes Rachels.

The 1998 CWS was infamous for producing several high-scoring games, which was termed by media covering the Series as "Gorilla Ball" (or "Geaux-rilla Ball" among LSU fans), which placed a premium on home runs. LSU, which won the 1996 and 1997 national championships and set an NCAA record in 1997 by hitting 188 home runs, hit eight home runs in its first game vs. USC, and added six more in its second game vs. Mississippi State. Needing one victory to advance to the championship game for the third consecutive year, LSU fell twice to USC, failing to hit a home run in either game. USC and Pac-10 rival Arizona St. set numerous offensive records in the championship game, won by the Trojans 21–14.

Prior to the 1999 season, the NCAA adopted restrictions on aluminum bats, requiring the difference between the length and weight of the bat to be no more than three (e.g. a 34-inch bat could not weigh less than 31 ounces). This reduced home run output slightly, but it was not until more sweeping changes in 2011 before aluminum bats would perform more like their wood counterparts.

Participants[edit]

Seeding School Conference Record (Conference) Head coach CWS appearances CWS best finish CWS record
1 Florida SEC 46 – 16 (21–8) Andy Lopez 3
(last: 1996)
3rd
(1991)
5–6
2 Miami (FL) n/a 50 – 10 (n/a) Jim Morris 16
(last: 1997)
1st
(1982, 1985)
34–28
3 Florida State ACC 53 – 18 (18–4) Mike Martin 15
(last: 1996)
2nd
(1970, 1986)
19–30
4 Southern California Pac-10 44 – 16 (21–9) Mike Gillespie 18
(last: 1995)
1st
(1948, 1958, 1961, 1963,
1968, 1970, 1971, 1972,
1973, 1974, 1978)
67–21
5 Louisiana State SEC 46 – 17 (21–9) Skip Bertman 9
(last: 1997)
1st
(1991, 1993, 1996, 1997)
23–11
6 Arizona State Pac-10 38 – 22 (18–11) Pat Murphy 17
(last: 1994)
1st
(1965, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1981)
52–29
7 Long Beach State Big West 42 – 21 – 1 (23–7) Dave Snow 3
(last: 1993)
3rd
(1993)
4–6
8 Mississippi State SEC 41 – 21 (14–15) Pat McMahon 6
(last: 1997)
3rd
(1985)
6–12

Results[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  • Championship Game provides the complete box score (Runs, Hits, Errors)
  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
1  Florida 13  
8  Mississippi State 14  
  8  Mississippi State 8  
  5  Louisiana State 10  
4  Southern Cal 10
5  Louisiana State 12  
  5  Louisiana State 4 3  
  4  Southern Cal 5 7  
1  Florida 10  
4  Southern Cal 12  
  8  Mississippi State 1
  4  Southern Cal 7  
  4  Southern Cal 21 - -
  6  Arizona State 14 - -
2  Miami 3  
7  Long Beach State 1  
  2  Miami 2
  6  Arizona State 9  
3  Florida State 10
6  Arizona State 11  
  6  Arizona State 14 x
  7  Long Beach State 4 x  
7  Long Beach State 7  
3  Florida State 4  
  2  Miami 3
  7  Long Beach State 6  

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
May 29 Game 1 Arizona State 11–10 Florida State
Game 2 Miami 3–1 Long Beach State
May 30 Game 3 Louisiana State 12–10 Southern California
Game 4 Mississippi State 14–13 Florida
May 31 Game 5 Arizona State 9–2 Miami
Game 6 Long Beach State 7–4 Florida State Florida State eliminated
June 1 Game 7 Louisiana State 10–8 Mississippi State
Game 8 Southern California 12 – 10 (11 innings) Florida Florida eliminated
June 2 Game 9 Long Beach State 6–3 Miami Miami eliminated
Game 10 Southern California 7–1 Mississippi State Mississippi State eliminated
June 3 Game 11 Arizona State 14–4 Long Beach State Long Beach State eliminated
June 4 Game 12 Southern California 5–4 Louisiana State
June 5 Game 13 Southern California 7–3 Louisiana State Louisiana State eliminated
June 6 Final Southern California 21–14 Arizona State Southern California wins CWS

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.

Position Player Class School
Pitcher Jack Krawczyk Senior Southern California
Alex Santos Sophomore Miami
Catcher Eric Munson Sophomore Southern California
First baseman Robb Gorr Junior Southern California
Second baseman Wes Rachels Senior Southern California
Third baseman Andrew Beinbrink Junior Arizona State
Shortstop Michael Collins Junior Arizona State
Outfielder Rudy Arguellas Senior Arizona State
Cedrick Harris Freshman Louisiana State
Brad Ticehurst Junior Southern California
Designated hitter Jason Lane Junior Southern California

Notable players[edit]

External sites[edit]