June 15, 2004
(Omaha, Nebraska-AP) -- There will be plenty of traditional flavor to this year's College World Series. Five programs on the top-ten list of most CWS appearances are in the field.
LSU, which is in the field for the 13th time since 1986, opens Saturday against a Miami team that is making its 21st appearance. It will be the first time LSU and Miami have met since the Tigers' Warren Morris hit his game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the 1996 title game.
The other first-round game pits South Carolina against Cal State Fullerton . The Gamecocks are in the College World Series for the third straight year and eighth time overall. Fullerton is in the tournament for the fourth time since 1999 and 13th time overall.
Half the teams participating in the 2004 College World Series are from the Southeastern Conference.