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College World Series rich in tradition

Pitcher Will Startup (Univ. of Ga. photo) Pitcher Will Startup (Univ. of Ga. photo)
Photo courtesy: Arkansas Athletic Dept. Photo courtesy: Arkansas Athletic Dept.
Texas Longhorn fans (AP photo) Texas Longhorn fans (AP photo)

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.

Friday's first game pits long-time rivals Arkansas and Texas. Texas is playing in the CWS for a record 31st time.

Georgia is back for the second time in four years and plays an Arizona team that is in the CWS for the 15th time but for the first time since 1986.

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.

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  • No. 1 Texas is in the CWS for the third consecutive year and for a record 31st time in school history. The Longhorns have a 70-51 record in CWS play and have won five national championships (1949, '50, '75, '83 and 2002).

  • No. 2 South Carolina has advanced to Omaha for the third straight year as well. It is the eighth overall trip for the Gamecocks, who are 14-14 in CWS play and are searching for their first national title.

  • No. 3 Miami is in the College World Series for the 21st time, all since 1974. The Hurricanes are 44-32 all-time in CWS games and are looking for their fifth national crown (1982, '85, '99 and 2001).

  • No. 8 Arkansas advanced to the CWS for the first time since 1989 and fifth time overall. The Razorbacks are 7-8 in College World Series game and are in search of their first national title.

  • Arizona is back in Omaha for the 15th time in school history, but for the first time since 1986. The Wildcats are 32-25 at the College World Series and are chasing their fourth national championship (1976, '80, '86).

  • Georgia made it to the CWS for the fourth time. The Bulldogs are 4-5 in the College World Series and hope to win a second national title after winning it all in 1990.

  • Cal St. Fullerton makes an appearance in Omaha for the third time in four years and for the 13th time overall. The Titans are 27-20 in CWS games and have won three national titles (1979, '84 and '95).

  • LSU will be playing at the College World Series for the 13th time, all since 1986. The Tigers are 29-15 in CWS games and have won five national championships (1991, '93, '96, '97 and 2000).