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AP Sports Writer

A look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Friday at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. (coaches’ records at current schools through super regionals):

NOTRE DAME (49-16)

CWS Seed: 1.
Coach: Paul Mainieri (353-140-1, eighth year).
Road To Omaha: Won South Bend regional: beat Ohio State 8-6; beat South Alabama 25-1; beat Ohio State 9-6. Won Tallahassee super regional: beat Florida State 10-4; lost to Florida State 12-5; beat Florida State 3-1. 2002 record vs. CWS teams: 0-0.
Last CWS appearance: 1957.
All-time record in CWS: 2-2 (one appearance).
Short Hops: Started season 9-10, but Irish have won 40 of 46 since – including two of three at Florida State to earn College World Series berth and tie school record for wins. … First Northern-based team to make CWS since Maine in 1986. … OF Steve Stanley (.442, 114 hits, 31 stolen bases) is first two-time Big East player of year and holds school career records with 380 hits – third on NCAA career list – 115 SBs and 254 runs. Has played in every game of Notre Dame career, including 253 consecutive starts. … OF Brian Stavisky hitting .406 with 54 RBIs despite missing 18 games because of injuries. … 2B Steve Sollmann (.370) went 6-for-7 with seven RBIs and NCAA tournament-record six runs scored in 25-1 win over South Alabama in regionals. … Freshman RHP Grant Johnson (9-4, 3.29) pitched one-hitter in win over South Alabama. Set school freshman marks for strikeouts (84) and innings pitched (95 2-3), and has won last seven decisions. … Johnson joins RHPs Chris Niesel (4-0, 3.43) and John Axford (5-2, 4.02) as freshmen starters.

CLEMSON (52-15)

CWS Seed: 2.
Coach: Jack Leggett (432-170, ninth year).
Road To Omaha: Won Clemson regional: beat Georgia Southern 15-1; beat East Carolina 4-2; beat East Carolina 21-1. won Clemson super regional: lost to Arkansas 9-6; beat Arkansas 8-7; beat Arkansas 7-4.
2002 record vs. CWS teams: 5-3 (2-2 vs. Georgia Tech, 3-1 vs. South Carolina).
Last CWS appearance: 2000.
All-time record in CWS: 7-18 (nine appearances).
Short Hops: Tigers have won at least 40 games for 17 straight seasons, and have 16 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. … Ranked No. 1 in national polls for eight weeks earlier in season. … Third CWS trip for Leggett with Tigers. … SS Khalil Greene (26 HRs, 86 RBIs), 3B Jeff Baker (25, 82) and 1B Michael Johnson (23, 76) have combined for most homers (74) and RBIs (244) of any Clemson trio. … Greene, Collegiate Baseball player of year and finalist for Golden Spikes award, is second on NCAA career lists with 398 hits and 92 doubles and enters CWS on 33-game hitting streak. Was 14th-round draft pick as junior, but came back to Clemson and was drafted by San Diego with 13th overall pick. … Baker, also finalist for Golden Spikes award, is Clemson career home runs leader with 59. … Rotation anchored by RHPs Steve Reba (13-3, 4.06) and Matt Henrie (12-4, 3.04). … RHP Paul Harrelson has eight of Tigers’ ACC-record 25 saves.


CWS Seed: 3.
Coach: Danny Hall (395-170, ninth year).
Road To Omaha: Won Atlanta regional: beat Coastal Carolina 6-0; beat Georgia 3-0; beat Georgia 8-7. Won Atlanta super regional: beat Florida Atlantic 14-3; beat Florida Atlantic 11-5.
2002 record vs. CWS teams: 2-3 (2-2 vs. Clemson, 0-1 vs. South Carolina).
Last CWS appearance: 1994.
All-time record in CWS: 3-1 (one appearance).
Short Hops: Went to CWS championship game with Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek and Jay Payton in 1994 and lost to Oklahoma in only other trip to Omaha. … Need one win to set school record. … Hall has used 55 different starting lineups in 65 games. … LHP Kyle Bakker (12-2, 3.34) is tallest player in ACC at 6-foot-9, and is native of Omaha. He is 16-3 with 3.18 ERA in 23 career starts. … Trio of Bakker, RHP Chris Goodman and RHP Brian Burks have allowed just three earned runs in 36 1-3 innings (0.74 ERA) in NCAA tournament. … Goodman, a transfer from North Carolina State, was expected to be backup SS but won job as starting pitcher. … OF Jeremy Slayden set school freshman record with 17 HRs, and leads team with 63 RBIs. … Freshman 2B Eric Patterson (.351, 39 RBIs), brother of Cubs rookie Corey Patterson, has team-leading 39 steals – third best in school history. … SS Victor Menocal (.357, 47 RBIs), also one of team’s closers, had school-record 30-game hitting streak during season.

RICE (52-12)

CWS Seed: 4.
Coach: Wayne Graham (478-210, 11th year).
Road To Omaha: Won Houston regional: beat Harvard 8-3; beat Texas Tech 6-0; lost to Washington 7-6; beat Washington 14-2. Won Houston super regional: beat LSU 6-0; beat LSU 3-0.
2002 record vs. CWS teams: 0-2 (0-2 vs. Texas).
Last CWS appearance: 1999.
All-time record in CWS: 1-4 (two appearances).
Short Hops: Enters CWS ranked No. 1 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. … Went 28-2 in Western Athletic Conference, best in school history. … Hadn’t allowed run in 20 1/3 innings entering CWS. … Staff led by senior LHP Justin Crowder (10-2, 1.88), a transfer from TCU, junior RHP Steven Herce (13-2, 2.82) and RHP Philip Humber (11-1, 2.67), WAC freshman of year. … Freshman 1B Vincent Sinisi (.432, 11, 80) transferred to Rice after red-shirt season at Texas and became offensive leader en route to being name WAC player of year. … 2B Eric Arnold holds school records with 288 hits, 232 games played, and 883 at-bats. Has 64 doubles to tie Lance Berkman for school record. … SS Enrique Cruz, son of former major leaguer Jose Cruz, leads team with 16 HRs. … All nine of team’s position players were named to All-WAC first or second teams. … Graham played for Casey Stengel with 1964 New York Mets.

TEXAS (53-15)

CWS Seed: 5.
Coach: Augie Garrido (223-142-1, sixth year).
Road To Omaha: Won Austin regional: beat Central Conn. St. 7-2; beat Baylor 10-8; beat Baylor 2-0. won Austin super regional: lost to Houston 2-0; beat Houston 17-2; beat Houston 5-2.
2002 record vs. CWS teams: 5-4 (2-0 vs. Rice; 2-2 vs. Nebraska; 1-2 vs. Stanford).
Last CWS appearance: 2000.
All-time record in CWS: 64-49 (28 appearances, four national titles).
Short Hops: Longhorns, who won first Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles, have 53 wins – most since 1989 team went 54-18. … Pitching staff has top ERA in nation at 2.73, and has nine shutouts, most since 1986 team had 11. … LHP Justin Simmons, Big 12 pitcher of year, ranks among national leaders with 14-1 record and 2.52 ERA despite throwing fastball that tops out around 86 mph. … RHP Alan Bomer (10-3), who transferred from Iowa State when school dropped program after last season, is 3-0 with 2.38 in postseason. … 1B Jeff Ontiveros (.303, 18, 55) is school’s career leader with 53 homers, 123 extra-base hits, 500 total bases and 256 games played. … 2B Tim Moss has Big 12-leading 39 stolen bases. … Longhorns have solid defense, ranking second in country with .974 fielding percentage. … Freshman RHP Huston Street (10 saves) is son of former Longhorns pitcher and quarterback James Street, who led Texas to Cotton Bowl win over Notre Dame in 1970.


CWS Seed: 6.
Coach: Ray Tanner (270-111, sixth year).
Road To Omaha: Won Columbia regional: beat Va. Commonwealth 6-3; beat North Carolina 9-6; lost to North Carolina 8-4; beat North Carolina 3-1. won Columbia super regional: beat Miami 10-7; lost to Miami 5-2; beat Miami 6-4.
2002 record vs. CWS teams: 2-3 (1-3 vs. Clemson; 1-0 vs. Georgia Tech).
Last CWS appearance: 1985.
All-time record in CWS: 9-10 (five appearances).
Short Hops: Four wins from setting school record. … Gamecocks were one win away from CWS each of last two years, and had to rally with five runs in ninth against Miami to get there this season. … 1B Yaron Peters (.398) was Southeastern Conference player of year and set school marks with 28 HRs, 92 RBIs and 196 total bases. Is 16-for-27 (.593) in NCAA tournament. … Peters, DH Trey Dyson (16), OF Garris Gonce (16) and 3B Brian Buscher (14) have combined for 74 homers. … SS Drew Meyer (.368), taken by Texas with 10th pick in draft, led SEC with 37 SBs and set school records with 113 hits and 307 at-bats. … Gamecocks have nation’s top defense with .976 fielding percentage, and didn’t make error in 32 games this season. … RHP Blake Taylor, known as “Thin Man” for his 6-foot-1, 155-pound frame, is leading country with school-record 21 saves – two away from tying NCAA record. Pitched seven-hitter in first career start in victory over North Carolina in regionals.

NEBRASKA (47-19)

CWS Seed: 7.
Coach: Dave Van Horn (214-90, fifth year).
Road To Omaha: Won Lincoln regional: beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 7-2; beat Marist 9-1; beat SW Missouri St. 14-3. won Lincoln super regional: beat Richmond 2-0; lost to Richmond 6-2; beat Richmond 11-6.
2002 record vs. CWS teams: 2-2 (vs. Texas).
Last CWS appearance: 2001.
All-time record in CWS: 0-2 (one appearance).
Short Hops: RHP Shane Komine is 10-0 with 1.87 ERA and 108 strikeouts despite missing month with elbow tendinitis. Holds school records for wins (41), strikeouts (503), complete games (18) and innings pitched (425 2-3). … LHP Aaron Marsden moved into rotation when Komine was hurt and stayed there, going 8-1 with 2.34 ERA in team-high 96 1-3 innings. … LHP Jamie Rodrigue (7-3, 4.15) holds school and conference marks with six career shutouts. … C Jed Morris, Big 12 player of year, hitting .380 with 21 HRs, 84 RBIs and school-record 26 doubles and 48 extra-base hits. … OF Jeff Leise (.378, 12, 51) is one of country’s top leadoff hitters. … 1B Matt Hopper (.309, 9, 49) had surgery Monday to repair ligament damage in left thumb and will miss rest of season. … INF Will Bolt (.320) holds numerous school career marks, including hits (278), doubles (55) and games played (249). … Outscoring opponents 66-23 in the first inning, and have scored in the first 38 times.

STANFORD (45-16)

CWS Seed: 8.
Coach: Mark Marquess (1,091-531-5, 26th year).
Road To Omaha: Won Stanford regional: beat Cal State Fullerton 3-2 in 13 innings; beat Long Beach State 5-4; beat Long Beach State 8-4. Won Stanford super regional: beat USC 4-2; beat USC 5-3.
2002 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1 (vs. Texas).
Last CWS appearance: 2001.
All-time record in CWS: 31-22 (12 appearances, two national titles).
Short Hops: Making school-record fourth straight trip to Omaha, where they have been runner-up past two seasons. … Have won 40 or more in eight straight seasons. … Seniors 2B Chris O’Riordan, 3B Scott Dragicevich, SS Andy Topham, 1B Arik VanZandt and RHPs Dan Rich and J.D. Willcox are first Cardinal players to make four trips to CWS. … RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-1, 2.34) is first Cardinal pitcher to win 12 or more in consecutive seasons. Pitched 13 innings in regional win over Cal State Fullerton. Guthrie, a Golden Spikes finalist, spent freshman year at BYU and went on two-year Mormon mission during which he didn’t touch baseball before transferring to Stanford. … Guthrie, LHP Tim Cunningham (10-2) and RHP John Hudgins (9-1) are 31-4 this season. … OF Sam Fuld (.372) is seven hits shy of breaking single-season school record of 108, and holds career batting mark of .365. … O’Riordan, a former walk-on, has started 172 straight games at 2B. … C Ryan Garko leads team with 14 HRs and is tied with OF Carlos Quentin for team lead with 53 RBIs.