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SHOCKERS BEAT ERROR-PLAGUED ‘HORNS WICHITA STATE CLAIMS ITS 1ST COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TITLE WITH 5-3 VICTORY

SHARE SHOCKERS BEAT ERROR-PLAGUED ‘HORNS WICHITA STATE CLAIMS ITS 1ST COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TITLE WITH 5-3 VICTORY

Wichita State won its first NCAA baseball title Saturday as Greg Brummett tied a record with his third College World Series triumph and Pat Meares hit a two-run homer in a 5-3 victory over error-plagued Texas.

Brummett, 18-2 for the season, allowed six hits and one earned run in becoming the seventh pitcher to get three tournament victories. Brummett, who beat Arkansas 3-1 and 8-4 earlier in the tournament, struck out six and walked four."I have my best stuff probably of the whole series," said Brummett, who was the tournament's Most Valuable Player. "Three days rest was not enough. I was throwing on guts out there."

Meares' second homer of the tournament and ninth of the year with one on in the fifth provided the winning margin for the Shockers, 68-17.

"These kids, they tried so hard," Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson said. "They're everything America stands for. To overcome everything we had to overcome - (outfielder Jeff) Bonacquista out for the season and (shortstop Mike) Lansing out for the season - it was just incredible. I'll be numb for weeks."

Texas ended its season 53-18.

"We didn't play well but you have to credit Brummett for a fine job," Texas coach Cliff Gustafson said. "The best team is the winner. They did it the hard way."

Wichita State lost to Miami in its only other title game, in 1982. It was the eighth title game for Texas, which has won four times.

Brummett started slowly, walking Lance Jones and giving up a single to David Tollison to put the first two batters on first and third in the first. But he picked off Tollison and struck out Scott Bryant and Arthur Butcher.

Bryant, Texas' starting pitcher, was plagued by control troubles, walking four leaving after 2-3 of an inning trailing 1-0.

Jim Audley walked to lead off for Wichita State, but was caught stealing. Bryant then walked P.J. Forbes, got Mike McDonald to fly out and walked Eric Wedge. Bryant Winslow, playing on a stress fracture in his right leg, followed with a single to left that scored Forbes.

It was the first hit in two series games off Bryant, who allowed five walks in 4 1-3 innings in a 12-2 win over Miami on Monday. When he walked Meares following the single, he was relieved by Brian Dare.

Wichita made it 3-0 in the second with the help of three Texas errors.

Mike Jones led off with a grounder that bounced off third baseman Craig Newkirk for a two-base error. Mike Wentworth singled him to third.

Then Audley grounded to third but Newkirk, who threw to the plate, dropped the ball during the rundown and Jones scored. Wentworth scored when second baseman Tollison's relay to first on a potential double play grounder by McDonald skipped past first baseman David Lowery.

Texas cut it to 3-2 with two unearned runs in the fourth.

Bryant, who remained in the game as a designated hitter, singled with one out after Todd Dreifort dropped his foul pop and Butcher and Newkirk singled to load the bases. Bryant scored on Lowery's sacrifice fly and, after a walk to Jeff Shults, Butcher scored on Winslow's error at first.

Lance Jones led off with a bunt single in the Texas fifth and collided with Winslow at first, reinjuring Winslow's stress fracture and forcing him to leave the game.