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7 Years of CWS History

Posted by cuorange on June 10, 2009

Taking a look at the most recent 7 college baseball national champions the numbers jump off the page – fielding and pitching win championships. With the exception of last year’s Cinderella Fresno State, the past 7 national champions have finished in the top 17 in fielding and top 22 in pitching. 4 finished in the top 5 in fielding and 3 finished in the top 4 in pitching. Three champions finished in the top 5 in both categories.

None had a batting average ranked lower than 162nd or a slugging percentage below 129th.

Year Team Fielding ERA Batting Avg Slugging
2002 Texas 5 2 99 65
2003 Rice 2 2 41 103
2004 Cal State – Fullerton 17 22 9 56
2005 Texas 3 4 80 74
2006 Oregon State 8 14 85 95
2007 Oregon State 2 11 162 129
2008 Fresno State 52 56 125 102

Using this data and the statistics of the 2009 CWS participants, it’s pretty easy to pick out the teams that are likely to be successful in Omaha in 2009.

While 6 of the 8 2009 teams are in the top 10 in pitching, the other categories show more diverse numbers and allow the opportunity to differentiate between teams.
 
2009 College World Series Participant Statistics

Team Fielding ERA Batting Avg Slugging
Cal State – Fullerton 12 4 26 74
Arkansas 62 40 264 156
Louisiana State 21 9 78 39
Virginia 25 3 33 78
Arizona State 63 1 127 51
North Carolina 48 5 105 83
Texas 4 2 208 227
Southern Mississippi 100 72 117 112
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