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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 09:55

OSU Beavers - Back-to-Back '06-'07The Oregon State Beavers won’t be a three-peat this year in the College World Series, that’s because OSU was not selected for the tournament based upon there regular season record. The Beavers were the fifth school and the first in 10 years to repeat as national champions last year.

This year, there would no chance. As reported by ESPN:

Oregon State (28-24) did not receive an at-large bid, despite having five series wins against teams in the 64-team field, including Arizona, Arizona State and Georgia. The Beavers, the first defending champ not to make the tournament since Georgia in 1991, will not have a chance to join Southern California (1970-74) as the only schools to win three straight titles.

"The committee struggled long and hard and, quite frankly, probably wouldn't have struggled as long if Oregon State had not been the two-time defending national champion," said Templeton, also the athletic director at Mississippi State. "The thing that probably was the determining factor was their 24 losses and who some of those losses were against. It was a tough call, but we felt that there were a couple of other teams that were more deserving."

Who wound up with the #1 seed? The Miami Hurricanes who went 47-8.

"There was a lot of discussion about who the No. 1 seed should be, and quite frankly, North Carolina and Arizona State all got a strong look at that position," Division I selection committee chairman Larry Templeton said. "At the end of the night, Miami's play toward the end of the season, particularly winning the tournament -- and we were watching that tournament as the selection process was going through -- probably convinced the committee."

 
 
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