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Longhorns win sixth baseball title


Texas players pile up on the mound.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Texas players pile up on the mound. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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OMAHA, Neb. – Texas is back on top with another College World Series championship.

Kyle McCulloch pitched 6 2/3 strong innings in 93-degree heat and David Maroul and Chance Wheeless homered Sunday to lead the Longhorns past Florida 6-2 and win the school’s sixth CWS title.

“It’s pretty sweet all the time. Honey’s honey,” said Texas coach Augie Garrido, who’s won two titles now with the Longhorns after three at Cal State Fullerton.

Strengthened by a gutsy run through the regional and super regional rounds, when they had to win five elimination games just to get to Omaha, the Longhorns (56-16) completed the sweep of the Gators in the best-of-3 championship series. They won the first game 4-2 on Saturday, and went 5-0 at the CWS.

“We got hot at the right time. It was hard to stop us. It all came together at the end for us,” star reliever J. Brent Cox said.

“It definitely wasn’t easy. It was tough.”

Florida (48-23) was making its first appearance in the championship round.

Texas’ six College World Series titles are second only to Southern California (12). The Longhorns’ run of success is extensive and impressive: they have made more CWS appearances (32) and won more games there (78) than any other school.

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