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Sports: USC baseball heads to College World Series

Pitcher Rik Currier celebrates a mighty big win.

The USC baseball team, winner of 12 NCAA championships — more than twice as many as any other school — will make it 21st appearance at the College World Series this Saturday, June 9, in Omaha, Neb. The Trojans will face the University of Georgia in opening round action.

USC, whose season record is 44 wins and 17 losses (18-6 in the Pac-10 Conference), swept Florida International by 5-1 and 6-0 scores at the NCAA Super Regional (June 1-2) to win the World Series slot.

This is the fourth trip to the CWS for USC in the last seven years and the first time the Trojans have gone to Omaha in back-to-back years since the 1973 and 1974 back-to-back national championship seasons.

The Trojans enter the CWS with a 15-1 record in their last 16 games. USC earned a No. 3 national seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Pac-10 Conference championship.

All USC games will be broadcast live on KMPC 1540 AM with Rory Markas and Justin Dedeaux calling the action. Some CWS games will be televised. Check television listings for information. Updated information on the College World Series can be accessed on the Internet at www.usctrojans.com or www.ncaabaseball.com.

USC is ranked No. 2 in the latest Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and ESPN/USA Today Baseball Weekly polls.

From 1948 to 1978, USC dominated the world of college baseball with 11 national championships in 17 appearances at the College World Series (the 1948 CWS was held in Kalamazoo, Mich., with the CWS moving to Omaha, Neb., in 1949).

After the 1978 season, the Trojans did not return to Omaha until 1995, when the team reached the national championship game. Since 1995, the Trojans have made four trips to Omaha (1995-1998-2000-2001), winning a 12th CWS title in 1998.

USC has the most wins (73) at the CWS and is second for most appearances (21) behind Texas (27).

Sports: USC baseball heads to College World Series

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