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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 12:55 am | Updated: 2:08 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

OMAHA, Neb. - Rice scored three runs in the first inning, then added a record-tying seven in the sixth Monday night as the Owls won their first national title in any NCAA team sport with a 14-2 victory over Stanford.

The win in the third and deciding game of the College World Series championship series saw Rice (58-12) set the record for largest winning margin in a title game.

Philip Humber pitched a complete-game five-hitter, Enrique Cruz drove in four runs and Paul Janish knocked in three as Rice battered Stanford pitching for 14 hits.

Stanford (51-18), which overcame a second-round CWS loss to reach the final series and then forced a third game against Rice, lost in the championship game for the third time in four years. The Cardinal have won two titles, the last in 1988.

Freshman left-hander Mark Romanczuk gave up the three runs in the first inning. Five innings and five pitchers later, the Owls led 11-0.

Humber (11-3) retired the first seven batters he faced before Brian Hall doubled in the third. He then set down 10 of the next 12 before Ryan Garko doubled in the seventh and later scored to end the shutout bid.

The Owls tied a championship game record with their seven-run sixth inning. It was the biggest outburst since Southern California had a seven-run inning while beating Missouri 8-7 in 1958.

While Humber hummed along, Romanczuk (12-2) struggled from the start. He threw 46 pitches and walked five as Rice sent nine men to the plate in the first inning.

Romanczuk gave way to Matt Manship in the bottom of the second after walking Chris Kolkhorst to start the inning.

In the first, a walk to Kolkhorst, Craig Stansberry's single and a walk to Vincent Sinisi loaded the bases. Then Romanczuk walked Cruz to force in a run, struck out Janish and got Austin Davis to pop out.

But two more runs scored when Romanczuk walked Jeff Blackinton and Dane Bubela.

The Owls added a run in the second after Kolkhorst walked and Stansberry beat out a bunt. Janish drove in Kolkhorst with a fielder's choice grounder.

The Owls collected six hits and two walks against four pitchers in the sixth inning.

Kolkhorst, who doubled twice in the inning, drove in two runs with his second one. Janish also had a two-run double, and Cruz hit a two-run single. Bubela drove in another run with his base hit.

Stanford's Sam Fuld set the CWS record for career hits with 24. His RBI-single in the eighth broke a tie with Keith Moreland, who had 23 hits for Texas from 1973-75.

This was Rice's fourth appearance in the College World Series and the Owls had won just one game.

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