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college world series

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One, er, several for the books

USC, ASU set or tie 52 records in championship game

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Posted: Thursday September 03, 1998 10:44 PM

  Record run: Morgan Ensberg (14) stole home plate with the bases loaded and two strikes on the batter Vincent Laforet/Allsport

OMAHA, Nebraska (CNN/SI) -- The hits just kept on coming Saturday at the College World Series. And the records just kept on falling.

As Southern California outslugged Arizona State 21-14 to win its record 12th national title, at least 35 of the 111 CWS records listed in the NCAA's media guide were broken and 17 were tied.

"I've never seen anything like this. I'm sure we still missed some," said Jim Wright, NCAA director of statistics. "Hopefully, they will give us a raise for all the extra work we did during this game because of the records."

Even the game's length -- one minute short of four hours -- and the crowd of 24,456 set championship-game records.

Most of the records fell in batting categories as the teams combined for 35 runs, 39 hits, 34 RBIs and 85 total bases -- all records. USC and Arizona State each broke the title-game record for most runs by a team, formerly 13 by LSU (1997) and Oklahoma (1994).

The Trojans and Sun Devils also tied the record for most home runs in the championship game with four each. Their combined eight homers erased the old mark of seven, set in 1995 by Cal State Fullerton and USC.

Meet you at home plate: Robb Gorr (10)scores one of the Trojans' 62 College World Series runs Vincent Laforet/Allsport 

Southern Cal established title-game team records for most RBIs (20), most at-bats (46) and most trips to the finals (14). The Trojans also set series records for most runs (62), most hits (88), team batting average (.378), total bases (152) and RBIs (61).

Besides team feats, numerous Trojans set or tied individual marks.

Second baseman Wes Rachels broke the title-game record for most RBIs with seven, which also tied a CWS game record. The previous mark was five RBIs by Bill Horning of Minnesota in 1956.

Besides a record seven at-bats, Rachels joined teammate Jeremy Freitas in tying the single-game record for most hits with five, first set in 1949 by Jim Shamblin of Texas. Since then, 10 players have tied the record.

Designated hitter Jason Lane broke the record for most hits during the tournament with 15, one better than Alabama's Joe Caruso last year. Lane also tied the record for most doubles in a series with four when he hit one in the second inning.

Lane and right fielder Brad Ticehurst each had homers Saturday, tying a CWS record of four shared with four others. The most recent four-homer performances came in 1994 by Florida State's J.D. Drew and USC's Geoff Jenkins.

Trojans reliever Jack Krawcyzk got the final five outs, setting NCAA records with his 23rd save of the season and 49th of his career.


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