Rank 'Em: CWS Champions

Created: June 24, 2008, 3:40 PM

Would Fresno roll through past champions?

Just when it looked like Georgia might be the team to stop Fresno State's improbable postseason run, the underdog of all underdogs won two more elimination games and captured the national title. But are they the best champion of the last decade? That's up to you to determine, SportsNation.

The national champs might have lacked the individual star power of a team like Georgia, but the ''other'' Bulldogs became collective stars with a remarkable run through teams with far greater expectations. So how do the new champs stack up against recent champs? Is Fresno State better than the Oregon State squads that won back-to-back titles? How about the 2000 LSU team with familiar names like Brad Hawpe and Ryan Theriot?

College baseball has its new champion, but it's up to SportsNation to put Fresno State's win in its proper historical context. Rank the last 10 national champs!


 
 
  • Beat Georgia, 6-7, 19-10, 6-1 Key players: Erik Wetzel, Alan Ahmady, Tommy Mendonca, Steve Susdorf, Justin Wilson
  • Beat UNC 11-4, 9-3
    Key players: Jorge Reyes, P; Joey Wong, 2B; Darwin Barney, SS; Mitch Canham, C; Scott Santschi, OF
  • Beat UNC 3-4, 11-7, 3-2
    Key players: Jonah Nickerson, P; Darwin Barney, SS; Cole Gillespie, OF; Dallas Buck, P
  • Beat Florida 4-2, 6-2
    Key players: Taylor Teagarden, C; David Maroul, 3B; Seth Johnston, SS; Kyle McCulloch, P; J. Brent Cox, P
  • Beat Texas 6-4, 3-2
    Key players: Felipe Garcia, DH; Jason Windsor, P; Ricky Romero, P
  • Beat Stanford 4-3 3-8, 14-2
    Key players: Jeff Niemann, P; Chris Kolkhorst, OF; Enrique Cruz, 2B
  • Beat South Carolina 12-6
    Key players: Huston Street, P; Justin Simmons, P; Dustin Majewski, OF; Omar Quintanilla, 3B; Tim Moss, 2B
  • Beat Stanford 12-1
    Key players: Tom Farmer, P; Danny Matienzo, DH; Charlton Jimerson, OF; Kevin Brown, 1B
  • Beat Stanford 6-5
    Key players: Brad Hawpe, DH; Trey Hodges, P; Ryan Theriot, SS; Mike Fontenot, 2B; Blair Barbier, 3B
  • Beat Florida St. 6-5
    Key players: Michael Neu, P; Manny Crespo, OF; Bobby Hill, SS; Lale Esquivel, 3B