By RICK GANO
AP Sports Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The College World Series is a unique baseball
There's the "ping" of aluminum bats. And the attitude of the
players, who approach the game with an all-out enthusiasm and a
series of high-fives and back slaps for their teammates.
Every home run hitter is greeted en masse at home plate.
You'll more than likely see a little bit of everything, even an
attempted steal of home with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
That's what Arizona State star Travis Buck tried to do in a game
Sunday and was easily tagged out. Good thing his team was already
ahead by two runs en route to a win over Tennessee.
Buck's venture didn't anger coach Pat Murphy. It just brought
this type of tongue-in-cheek response:
"We had a knucklehead baserunner at third who didn't get in the
baseline," Murphy said. "He was way out in the grass, trying to
ALL GROWN UP: -- The First Colony Little League is quite a
training ground for future baseball players. Six players who once
competed in the Sugar Land, Texas, LL are now in the College World
Tulane's Billy Mohl, Sean Morgan and Stephen Porlier as well as
Baylor's Ryan LaMotta, Cory Van Allen and Paul Miles all played in
the First Colony LL.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: -- Florida CF and leadoff hitter Jeff
Corsaletti tied a CWS record with three doubles in the Gators' 7-4
win over Nebraska.
"I was seeing it well and took what they gave me," said
Corsaletti, a sixth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox.
Six others have also had three doubles in one game, the most
recent Andy Phillips of Alabama versus Rice in 1999. Included on
that list was former Atlanta Braves star Bob Horner when he played
for Arizona State in 1978.
SEE YA NEXT YEAR: Oregon State's first trip to the College
World Series since 1952 didn't last long after the Beavers lost
their first two games.
But Kevin Gunderson, the losing pitcher in a 4-3, 10-inning loss
to Baylor on Monday, said it won't take 53 years for OSU to return.
It'll be a lot sooner.
"The Beavers will be back in Omaha next year in 2006. I promise
you that," Gunderson said.
SHORT HOPS: Sunday's game between Nebraska and Florida drew
26,813 fans, the second-largest crowd for any session ever at the
College World Series. Most were dressed in Cornhusker red. ...
Arizona State pitcher Seth Garrison hopes to be in the dugout
Tuesday to cheer his teammates when they face the Cornhuskers in an
elimination game, a rematch of a first-round game won by Nebraska.
Garrison, a freshman who grew up in Omaha, underwent an emergency
appendectomy early Sunday. "It's unfortunate," ASU coach Pat
Murphy said. "I don't think he'll be pitching anytime soon." ...
Baylor DH-C Travis Ford is a hard man to keep off the bases. Ford
didn't get on base in a first-round loss to Texas, snapping a
streak of 23 games in which he had reached. But he got right back
on Monday against Oregon State with a third-inning walk. Ford has
failed to reach base in only three games all season for the Bears
and has been hit by a pitch a painful 16 times. ... Florida, which
doesn't play again until Wednesday after winning its first two
games in Omaha, is the only team still unbeaten in NCAA tournament
play. The Gators are 7-0, having also swept their regional and
super regional. ... Murphy again on having to play Nebraska a
second time in the CWS where the Huskers have a large fan
following: "I'd like the newspapers to get the game times mixed
up, so the fans come about three hours late." ... Oregon State's
Jacoby Ellsbury, who holds the school record for hits in a career
and a season, had one more Monday and finished the season with 99.
... Baylor's 4-3 victory over Oregon State in 10 innings was the
75th extra inning game in CWS history and the first since Rice beat
Stanford 4-3 in 10 innings two years ago en route to the title.