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Monday, June 26, 2006

CWS final a classic

Four seasons ago, the College World Series -- in pursuit of the almighty dollar -- sold out and decided to go to a best-of-three championship series format.

In Year 4, those who made the decision finally got their money's worth. After back-to-back sweeps (Texas over Florida and Fullerton over Texas) and a snoozer of a first Game 3 (Rice's pounding of Stanford in 2003), North Carolina and Oregon State finished off a doozy of a series Monday night.

Sure it ended with an error, but the three games showcased what was good about college baseball (players like OSU's Kevin Gunderson and Carolina's Mike Cavasinni) and the bad (18 runs in a "championship" game on Saturday).

It wasn't Warren Morris walking off with LSU's third title of the 1990s, but it's good to see the game get a finish worthy of two teams who wanted to call themselves the best.


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