Numbers to note from the CWS finals

June, 26, 2008

Fresno State's 6-1 win against Georgia will go down in the history books as one of the greatest Cinderella stories in collegiate sports. But the plucky Bulldogs' rise from regional No. 4 seed to the lowest seed NCAA champion isn't the only record that will be rewritten.

Here's a look at some of the other numbers to note from Game 3 of the College World Series finals, courtesy of the NCAA:

• The series attendance of 330,099 is the highest total attendance in CWS history. The previous mark was 310,609 set in 2006. It is also third straight year the CWS has drawn over 300,000 fans.

• The 206 combined runs in the series marks the fourth time in CWS history that the eight teams in Omaha combined to score at least 200 runs and the first time since 2001. It is the most runs in a single CWS since 1998, when 225 runs were scored, and that total is second only to 1984's total of 228 runs.

• Coach Mike Batesole is the first coach to win a CWS title in his first appearance at the CWS since Pepperdine's Andy Lopez did it in 1992. He is just the 11th head coach to win a CWS in his first appearance and only the fourth since 1962 (also Jerry Kindall of Arizona in 1976, and Don Lund of Michigan in 1962). Other years where a first-time CWS coach won are in 1947, '48, '49, '51, '52, '53 and 57.

• Fresno State's .309 team batting average in Omaha was the highest by a CWS champion since Miami hit .314 in 2000 and only the fourth time since 1980 that the CWS champion finished with above a .300 average in Omaha. The Bulldogs also led the CWS with a 4.13 ERA -- the highest ERA by a champion since Texas posted a 4.25 ERA in 2002.

• College World Series MOP Tommy Mendonca extended his own NCAA record with two strikeouts in Game 3, raising his in a season is 85 by Brendan Winn of South Carolina in 2004 (70 games).

• Georgia's Gordon Beckham finished with 113 hits on the season, breaking Georgia's single-season record for hits in a year. He finished the year with a .411 average, becoming the 11th Georgia player to hit .400 or better in a season and the first since 1981, when Buck Belue (.447) and Rick Fuentes (.411) both hit over .400. His Game 3 home run was his 28th of the season, tying him with LSU's Matt Clark for the national lead in homers. Beckham now holds Georgia single-season records in homer, RBIs and runs scored (97). Beckham is the first Bulldog to lead Georgia in all three triple crown categories since Jeff Keppinger in 2001 (.389-18-73).

Lauren Reynolds

ESPN Editor



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