Cal State Fullerton 3,
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 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.
"It makes it even more special to accomplish this competing against your mentor and against someone who laid such a strong foundation for Cal State Fullerton," Horton said.
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.
Windsor shut out South Carolina on a three-hitter in the Titans' opener, and he pitched three innings of shutout relief Thursday in another win over the Gamecocks.
In 21 innings, Windsor gave up 11 hits and two runs, struck out 29 and was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
"It hasn't sunk in yet," Windsor said of his performances. "It will take a few days and some relaxation. I look at it on paper and it looks great and sometimes I don't believe it's me."
Windsor, a senior right-hander, finished the season with 12 straight wins and nine complete games after losing four of his first five starts.
"His numbers are mind-boggling," Horton said. "You can't do it any better than that. The thing I was worried about was whether we would go to the well too many times using Jason."
Garrido said Fullerton did a good job of capitalizing on its opportunities in the seventh inning.
Suzuki lined a two-out single into left field, scoring Ronnie Prettyman from second for the go-ahead run. Suzuki had been 2 for 20 in the College World Series before his big hit.
"I just didn't press," Suzuki said. "Every time I got out, Coach Horton stayed positive with me. I came up that last at-bat and said I want to be the man."