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Monday, June 25, 2007

Beavers Make It 2 for 2

Oregon State ended one of the most dominant runs in the 61-year history of the College World Series with a 9-3 victory over North Carolina on Sunday night. The Beavers became the first team in a decade to capture consecutive national titles.

They did it by winning all five of their CWS games, including a sweep of the Tar Heels in the best-of-three finals. The Beavers (49-18) trailed for only one of 45 innings they played in Omaha, and they became the first team to win four CWS games by at least six runs.

Oregon State is the first back-to-back champion since LSU in 1996-97 and the fifth overall. "We've had high expectations on us from everybody," shortstop Darwin Barney said. "But every team is gunning for you. Every game you have that bull's eye on your back. Our chemistry has never been questioned, not through the ups and downs. There was always trust and belief on this club."

Way to go Beavs, this is a great win for an Oregon team.

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