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College baseball stars ready for College World Series reunion

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June 11, 2008

Tallahassee, Fl. - The College World Series brings the eight best teams to battle for the national championship.

This year's series also has two of the nation's top players in Florida State's Buster Posey and Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham. T

he two are up for every major award in college baseball.

What if these two number one draft picks were on the same team?

It happened last year year in the Cape Cod League.

Last summer, Posey and Beckham teamed up to lead the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to the Cape Cod League title.

Buster Posey said "There has been a friendship that has come out of it. We have talked periodically throughout the year just to keep up with it. Keep each guy positive."

Gordon Beckham said "We talk each other about every couple of days about how we are doing. We are just having fun with it. We have both done a good job of just staying in the moment and we are just enjoying playing baseball in college."

 Opponents haven't been enjoying it. Posey and Beckham are both having two of the greatest seasons in college history.

The all-Americans are both hitting over .400 and both are among four players who lead the nation in homeruns with 26.

Beckham said "It is more like congratulations to this and that. We talk a little bit about it but we just try to keep each other humble about it. I think we have done a pretty good job."

Posey said "That is just how baseball goes I guess. I am really happy for him. Gordon is a real hard worker. It is good to see somebody like him succeed."

The former Cape Cod League teammates have already faced each other once this season with Georgia and Florida State splitting a two game series in Tallahassee back in March. Both of these All-Americans would love to face each other next week in Omaha with a berth in the College World Series Championship Series going to the winner.

Posey said "That is a long ways away. If that is the case, it will be a really fun game."

Beckham said "It is going to be an intense game. I know that because Florida State is a great team. Hopefully, we are in that position. That is a position we would love to be in."

Time will tell if these two all-Americans will stage one more showdown before heading into pro baseball.

Buster Posey has a chance to become college baseball's second triple crown winner.

Indiana's Mike Smith led the nation in average, homeruns and runs batted in in 1992.