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Monday, June 28, 2004

Remember These Titans

At mid-season, the Cal State Fullerton baseball team was 15-16 and its star pitcher, Jason Windsor, had tendinitis in his throwing arm. So what happened? They went on a 32-6 run, culminating in an improbable national championship with a 3-2 win over heavily favored Texas yesterday. Windsor put up great numbers as the winning pitcher. The CWS title was the Titans' fourth in the past 25 years, first since 1995, and first for coach George Horton, whose mentor, Texas head coach Augie Garrido, won the other three when he was at Fullerton. Windsor, by the way, was a third-round pick of, you guessed it, the Oakland A's, which goes to show you that not only does a smaller-market major league team know where to find value, so does a non-Pac 10 team as well.

Only LSU, with 5, has won more CWS in the past 25 years. Miami, like Fullerton, also has won 4.