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SOONERS HAMMER OUT NATIONAL TITLE

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Oklahoma got hot at the right time, and that was enough to give coach Larry Cochell that elusive College World Series title.

Damon Minor and Rick Gutierrez had three RBI each, and Oklahoma's record-setting performance gave coach Larry Cochell his first crown in a 13-5 victory Saturday over Georgia Tech.Cochell, the only coach ever to bring three different schools to the NCAA tournament championship, had not previously finished higher than third. The run total was a record for a championship finale.

"If you had seen us six weeks ago, we might not have been the best but we played the best when we had to and won the national championship," Cochell said.

A 16-hit assault, matching another title-game record, denied Georgia Tech's Danny Hall a spot in the record book. He had a chance to become the only coach ever to win a national title in his first year at a school.

Oklahoma (50-17) entered the game as the hottest-hitting team in the NCAA tournament and the Sooners didn't let up. Aric Thomas and Darvin Traylor had three hits each, and four others had two apiece.

"We got hot when we needed to get hot, that's the key," Gutierrez said.

Georgia Tech (also 50-17) added to its own misery with four errors, giving up five unearned runs in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 deadlock.

Traylor tripled in Thomas in the third and scored on Gutierrez's ground out.

Tech tied it with leadoff homers by Jason Varitek in the second and Nomar Garciaparra in the third.

Then disaster hit for the Yellow Jackets in the fourth. Three errors, a two-run single by M.J. Mariani, an RBI single by Thomas and a bases-loaded walk to Gutierrez produced five unearned runs and finished starter Al Gogolin (12-3) to the bench.

Chip Glass scored one of the runs on Mariani's single when he was called safe, avoiding Varitek's tag at the plate on a disputed call.

Glass, voted the most valuable player of the tournament, ran through Cochell's stop sign down the third base line.

"When the ball was hit I had it in my mind to score and I didn't see Coach put his hands up until I was going by him," Glass said.

"It was a play that happened and we didn't happen to get our way," Hall said. "We've got to overcome that. They just kept their rally going. They opened up the game. We just made some bad plays."

Michael Sorrow doubled home two runs for Georgia Tech in the top of the sixth, but the Sooners put the game away with Minor's three-run homer and a solo shot by Glass in the bottom of the inning.

Cochell's previous CWS teams were Oral Roberts and Fullerton State. He moved to Oklahoma four years ago.