Beavers Win 2nd Straight CWS

Despite returning just two position players, Oregon makes it back-to-back titles
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jun 26, 2007 4:33 AM CDT
Oregon State baseball fan Alex Peterson waves a Beavers flag as he and other fans celebrate during a victory party in Corvallis, Ore., Monday, June 25, 2007, as the team returns after winning the College...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Oregon State became the fifth team in College World Series history to win consecutive college baseball titles, beating UNC in two straight. The Beavers won despite a three seed and a miserable 10-14 record against its Pac-10 division rivals, leading to skepticism about whether they deserved a playoff berth in the first place.

Winning back-to-back championships in college baseball is considered especially difficult because turnover is high, compared with basketball and football. The Beavers had lost six of eight starting position players, two starters who combined for 26 of the team's 50 wins, and a closer who notched 20 saves.