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The College World Series Experience

By RICK GANO

AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The College World Series is a unique baseball

experience.

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

Hollywood it."

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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

Series.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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