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By ERIC OLSON / AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. (Capsules in order of CWS opening games. Coaches' records through super regionals):

LSU (57-9)

Coach: Paul Mainieri (315-131-2, 7 years at LSU; 1,179-623-7, 31 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Baton Rouge Regional: beat Jackson State 11-7, beat Sam Houston State 8-5, beat Louisiana-Lafayette 5-1. Won Baton Rouge Super Regional: beat Oklahoma 2-0, beat Oklahoma 11-1.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1.

Last CWS appearance: 2009.

All-time record in CWS: 35-20 in 15 appearances; national titles in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009.

Meet the Tigers: C Ty Ross (.215, 3, 32), 1B Mason Katz (.366, 15, 68), 2B JaCoby Jones (.299, 6, 31), SS Alex Bregman (.380, 6, 52), 3B Christian Ibarra (.315, 6, 39), LF Raph Rhymes (.343, 4, 46), CF Mark Laird (.297, 0, 18), RF Jared Foster (.359, 2, 12), DH Sean McMullen (.317, 2, 30). Starting pitchers: RHP Aaron Nola (12-0, 1.68), RHP Ryan Eades (8-1, 2.79), LHP Cody Glenn (7-2, 2.41). Relievers: LHP Brent Bonvillain (3-0, 2.76), LHP Chris Cotton (4-1, 1.23), RHP Joey Bourgeois (3-2, 2.25), RHP Nick Rumbelow (1-0, 3.41), RHP Will LeMarche (3-0, 3.42).

All-Star Alumni: Joe Adcock, Albert Belle, Paul Byrd, Alvin Dark, Mike Fontenot, Kevin Gausman, Mark Guthrie, Brad Hawpe, Aaron Hill, Curtis Leskanic, DJ LeMahieu, Ben McDonald, Warren Morris, Russ Springer, Ryan Theriot, Todd Walker, Brian Wilson.

Short Hops: No. 4 national seed LSU's 57 wins are tied with the 1997 total for most in program history, and its .864 winning percentage leads nation. ... LSU has the highest all-time NCAA tournament winning percentage, at .734 (135-49). ... SS Bregman is national freshman of the year, batting team-best .380 and six hits from the LSU record of 110 hits in a season. ... Tigers pitchers have allowed 10 hits in the last 27 innings. ... Mainieri will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in January. He's one of 10 active Division I coaches with 1,100 career wins.

Quotable: 'You are always happy to go to Omaha, and people don't quite understand how hard it is to get there.' - Mainieri.

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MISSISSIPPI STATE (48-18)

Coach: John Cohen (174-129, 5 years at Mississippi State; 495-325-1, 14 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Starkville Regional: beat Central Arkansas 5-3, beat South Alabama 6-2, lost to Central Arkansas 5-2, beat Central Arkansas 6-1. Won Charlottesville Super Regional: beat Virginia 11-6, beat Virginia 6-5.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 1-2.

Last CWS appearance: 2007.

All-time record in CWS: 7-16 in 8 appearances.

Meet the Bulldogs: C Nick Ammirati (.257, 1, 23), 1B Wes Rea (.288, 7, 37), 2B Brett Pirtle (.306, 2, 33), SS Adam Frazier (.359, 0, 38), 3B Sam Frost (.295, 0, 9) or Alex Detz (.323, 1, 31), LF Demarcus Henderson (.277, 0, 21), CF C.T. Bradford (.287, 1, 25), RF Hunter Renfroe (.360, 15, 61), DH Derrick Armstrong (.279, 0, 8). Starting pitchers: RHP Kendall Graveman (7-5, 3.14), LHP Luis Pollorena (6-3, 4.32), LHP Jacob Lindgren (4-3, 4.18). Relievers: RHP Trevor Fitts (0-0, 2.42), LHP Chad Girodo (8-1, 1.38), Jonathan Holder (2-0, 1.31, 18 saves), Ross Mitchell (12-0, 1.35), Myles Gentry (4-1, 3.69).

All-Star Alumni: Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Sammy Ellis, Dave 'Boo' Ferriss, Buddy Myer, Rafael Palmeiro, Jonathan Papelbon, Bobby Thigpen, Buck Showalter, Del Unser.

Short Hops: Cohen is one of seven men to reach Omaha as player and then guide alma mater back as head coach, joining Mike Fox (North Carolina), Mike Gillespie (Southern California), George Horton (Cal State Fullerton), Jack Kaiser (St. John's), Mark Marquess (Stanford) and Joe Russo (St. John's). Cohen was an All-SEC outfielder on the Bulldogs' 1990 CWS team. ... Pirtle has reached base in 39 straight games. ... Holder's 18 saves are a MSU record. ... Bulldogs opened the season with 17 straight wins.

Quotable: 'They don't see this as a job being finished. We're excited, but at the same time, I think these kids still think we have journey left to go here.' - Cohen.

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OREGON STATE (50-11)

Coach: Pat Casey (668-387-4, 19 years at Oregon State; 839-500-5, 25 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Corvallis Regional: beat Texas-San Antonio 5-4, beat Cal Santa Barbara 3-2, beat Texas A&M 6-1. Won Corvallis Super Regional: lost to Kansas State 6-2, beat Kansas State 12-4, beat Kansas State 4-3.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1.

Last CWS appearance: 2007.

All-time record in CWS: 11-6 in 4 appearances; national titles in 2006, 2007.

Meet the Beavers: C Jake Rodriguez (.278, 2, 34), 1B Danny Hayes (.269, 6, 39), 2B Andy Peterson (.329, 0, 27), SS Tyler Smith (.311, 2, 27), 3B Kavin Keyes (.318, 2, 33), LF Michael Conforto (.320, 11, 45), CF Max Gordon (.235, 0, 5), RF Dylan Davis (.343, 5, 58), DH Ryan Barnes (.299, 2, 24). Starting pitchers: LHP Matt Boyd (10-3, 2.13), RHP Andrew Moore (14-1, 1.36), LHP Ben Wetzler (9-1, 2.11). Relievers: RHP Scott Schultz (2-1, 2.03, 10 saves), LHP Max Engelbrekt (5-1, 1.30), RHP Tony Bryant (1-0, 1.76), RHP Dan Child (4-1, 3.29).

All-Star Alumni: Darwin Barney, Mike Ekstrom, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ken Forsch, Don Johnson, Steve Lyons, Mike Stutes.

Short Hops: No. 3 national seed Oregon State is at the CWS for the fourth time in nine years. ... Beavers' 2.27 ERA is best in the CWS and second nationally to Arkansas' 1.89. ... Andrew Moore, with 14 wins, is tied with Scott Christman (1993) for most victories in a season by an OSU pitcher. ... Ben Wetzler has won eight straight games over nine appearances. ... Only three players on the roster are from states other than Oregon, Washington and California.

Quotable: 'I'm very proud of what these men have accomplished. They were down early in the series but battled and now have a chance to play for their goal. We are ready to head to Omaha and look forward to seeing a great amount of Beaver fans there to cheer us on.' - Casey.

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INDIANA (48-14)

Coach: Tracy Smith (242-220, 8 years at Indiana; 559-440-1, 17 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Bloomington Regional: beat Valparaiso 5-4, beat Austin Peay 15-6, beat Austin Peay 6-1. Won Tallahassee Super Regional: beat Florida State 10-9, beat Florida State 11-6.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1.

Last CWS appearance: None.

All-time record in CWS: 0-0.

Meet the Hoosiers: C Kyle Schwarber (.376, 18, 54), 1B Sam Travis (.313, 10, 56), 2B Chad Clark (.238, 1, 32), SS Michael Basil (.315, 3, 48), 3B Dustin DeMuth (.389, 5, 41), LF Casey Smith (.309, 5, 33), CF Justin Cureton (.224, 1, 17), RF Will Nolden (.301, 0, 12), DH Scott Donley (.361, 5, 58). Starting pitchers: LHP Joey DeNato (9-2, 2.76), RHP Aaron Slegers (9-1, 2.13), LHP Kyle Hart (8-2, 3.01), LHP Will Coursen-Carr (5-0, 1.80). Relievers: RHP Scott Effross (6-1, 2.47), RHP Luke Harrison (4-2, 2.82), RHP Ryan Halstead (4-4, 2.40, 11 saves).

All-Star Alumni: Ted Kluszewski, Kevin Orie, Doug DeVore, Barry Jones, John Wehner.

Short Hops: Indiana is in the CWS for the first time and in the NCAA tournament for the third. Other NCAA appearances were in 1996 and 2009. Hoosiers are first Big Ten team to reach Omaha since Michigan in 1984. ... Hoosiers beat Louisville, their opening CWS opponent, 2-0 in the season opener in Dunedin, Fla. ... Freshman Will Coursen-Carr earned clinching victories in Big Ten tournament, NCAA regional and super regional. ... Indiana has scored in the first inning in 28 of 62 games and hold a 59-24 advantage in first-inning runs. ... Sam Travis has four homers and 16 RBIs in nine postseason games.

Quotable: 'This is what you dream about as a little kid. You watch the College World Series on the TV, and you just dream of it and now it just feels like you are living in the dream.' - Travis.

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LOUISVILLE (51-12)

Coach: Dan McDonnell (309-140, 7 years at Louisville; 985-531-2, 25 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Louisville Regional: beat Bowling Green 8-3, beat Miami 6-4, beat Oklahoma State 12-3. Won Nashville Super Regional: beat Vanderbilt 5-3, beat Vanderbilt 2-1.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 1-2.

Last CWS appearance: 2007.

All-time record in CWS: 1-2 in 1 appearance.

Meet the Cardinals: C Shane Crain (.229, 1, 15) or Kyle Gibson (.301, 0, 13), 1B Zak Wasserman (.235, 0, 25), 2B Nick Ratajczak (.285, 2, 34), SS Sutton Whiting (.315, 1, 30), 3B Ty Young (.339, 4, 57), LF Coco Johnson (.333, 8, 50), CF Adam Engel (.234, 1, 26), RF Cole Sturgeon (.327, 1, 33), DH Jeff Gardner (.335, 9, 43). Starting pitchers: RHP Jeff Thompson (11-1, 2.00), RHP Chad Green (10-3, 2.29), RHP Dace Kime (6-1, 3.07). Relievers: RHP Kyle Funkhouser (5-1, 2.24), LHP Kyle McGrath (6-1, 2.30), RHP Nick Burdi (3-3, 0.78), LHP Cody Ege (4-1, 1.19), RHP Anthony Kidston (5-0, 1.31).

All-Star Alumni: Sean Green, B.J. Rosenberg.

Short Hops: Louisville is enjoying a banner year in athletics, with its men's basketball team winning the national title, its women's basketball team finishing as national runner-up to Connecticut and its football team beating Florida in the Sugar Bowl. ... Cardinals' 51 wins are a school record. ... Louisville has held opponents to 2 or fewer earned runs in 35 of 63 games. ... Ratajczak is the toughest player in the nation to strike out, fanning once every 26.6 at-bats. ... Thompson's 5.2 hits allowed per nine innings is best in the nation.

Quotable: 'I think in 2007 when we went, we caught people off guard, even our fan base. I guess it's a little disappointing LSU made it because I'm afraid their fan base is going to take up all the hotels in Omaha. But I've been saying it since our Leadoff Banquet in January, we're going to represent. Our fans are going to represent and I think we're going to give LSU a run for their money there in fan support.' - McDonnell.

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NORTH CAROLINA STATE (49-14)

Coach: Elliott Avent (648-396, 17 years at NC State; 873-609, 25 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Raleigh Regional: beat Binghamton 4-1, beat William & Mary 1-0, beat William & Mary 9-2. Won Raleigh Super Regional: beat Rice 4-3, beat Rice 5-4, 17 inn.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1.

Last CWS appearance: 1968.

All-time record in CWS: 2-2 in 1 appearance.

Meet the Wolfpack: C Brett Austin (.258, 2, 36), 1B Tarran Senay (.291, 8, 58), 2B Logan Ratledge (.247, 0, 15), SS Trea Turner (.378, 7, 41), 3B Grant Clyde (.278, 4, 25), LF Bryan Adametz (.298, 0, 31), CF Brett Williams (.251, 3, 31), RF Jake Fincher (.327, 0, 29), DH Jake Armstrong (.267, 1, 29). Starting pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (9-2, 3.19), LHP Brad Stone (3-2, 5.28), RHP Ethan Ogburn (5-3, 2.70). Relievers: RHP Ryan Wilkins (6-2, 4.02), RHP Andrew Woeck (6-1, 3.09), RHP Josh Easley (7-2, 1.44), LHP Grant Sasser (3-0, 1.10, 8 saves), RHP Logan Jernigan (1-0, 1.19).

All-Star Alumni: Mike Caldwell, Dan Plesac, Tim Stoddard, Greg Briley.

Short Hops: Wolfpack earned CWS bid after winning longest super-regional game in history, needing 17 innings to beat Rice 5-4. ... The 49 wins tie school record. ... Leadoff batter Turner has reached base in 109 of 116 career games. ... NC State has won seven of Rodon's last eight starts. Rodon has gone at least 6 2/3 in each of those and hit double-figure strikeouts in five. ... Wolfpack is 43-3 when opponents scored five or fewer runs. ... The bullpen has 31 of the 49 wins, including in 19 of the last 29. ... Rodon's 170 total strikeouts and 12.9 Ks per nine innings lead nation. ... NC State pitchers went 24 innings without a walk before Rodon issued one in the second inning of the super-regional opener against Rice.

Quotable: 'The drama, you only enjoy that when you come out on top.' - Williams, after his game-winning double in the 17th inning beat Rice and sent Wolfpack to CWS.

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NORTH CAROLINA (57-10)

Coach: Mike Fox (692-272-1, 15 years at North Carolina; 1,231-413-5, 30 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Chapel Hill Regional: beat Canisius 6-3, beat Towson 8-5, lost to Florida Atlantic 3-2, beat Florida Atlantic 12-11, 13 inn. Won Chapel Hill Super Regional: beat South Carolina 6-5, lost to South Carolina 8-0, beat South Carolina 5-4.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1.

Last CWS appearance: 2011.

All-time record in CWS: 15-19 in 9 appearances.

Meet the Tar Heels: C Brian Holbertson (.309, 11, 56), 1B Cody Stubbs (.366, 8, 76), 2B Mike Zolk (.274, 2, 37), SS Michael Russell (.304, 2, 36), 3B Colin Moran (.343, 13, 88), LF Parks Jordan (.264, 1, 27), CF Chaz Frank (.298, 1, 35), RF Skye Bolt (.330, 6, 50), DH Landon Lassiter (.361, 1, 27). Starting pitchers: LHP Kent Emanuel (11-3, 2.93), LHP Hobbs Johnson (4-1, 2.62), RHP Benton Moss (8-1, 3.78). Relievers: RHP Trenton Thornton (11-1, 1.28, 8 saves), RHP Chris Munnelly (6-0, 2.50), RHP Chris McCue (7-1, 2.17), RHP Reilly Hovis (4-0, 2.38), RHP Trevor Kelley (2-1, 3.50).

All-Star Alumni: Matt Harvey, B.J. Surhoff, Walt Weiss, George 'Snuffy' Stirnweiss, Chris Iannetta, Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham, Russ Adams, Daniel Bard, Scott Bankhead, Scott Bradley, Clyde King, Andrew Miller, Paul Shuey.

Short Hops: No. 1 national seed Tar Heels are in CWS for the sixth time in eight years. ... Staff ace Emanuel earned his first career save by getting the final two outs in the super regional-clinching win over South Carolina. ... Moran, ACC player of year, leads nation with 88 RBIs and is nephew of Surhoff, former Tar Heels star and major league All-Star. Brother, Brian, was also All-American at North Carolina and pitches in Seattle organization. ... Tar Heels' 529 runs and 728 hits are most in the nation.

Quotable: 'We've been through a lot this year. This is probably the most fun I've had playing with any team. It's emotional, going to Omaha. Being a little kid, that being your dream and finally getting to go.' - Freshman pitcher Trent Thornton, after Tar Heels survived elimination games in regionals and super regionals.

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UCLA (44-17)

Coach: John Savage (319-224, 9 years at UCLA; 407-308, 12 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Los Angeles Regional: beat San Diego State 5-3, beat Cal Poly 6-4, beat San Diego 6-0. Won Fullerton Super Regional: beat Cal State Fullerton 5-3, 10 inn., beat Cal State Fullerton 3-0.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 1-2.

Last CWS appearance: 2012.

All-time record in CWS: 4-9 in 4 appearances.

Meet the Bruins: C Shane Zeile (.242, 2, 20), 1B Pat Gallagher (.277, 1, 20), 2B Cody Regis (.232, 0, 18), SS Pat Valaika (.257, 5, 44), 3B Kevin Kramer (.279, 3, 40), LF Brenton Allen (.247, 2, 13), CF Brian Carroll (.259, 0, 20), RF Eric Filia (.278, 1, 25). Starting pitchers: RHP Adam Plutko (8-3, 2.35), RHP Nick Vander Tuig (12-4, 2.37), LHP Grant Watson (8-3, 3.22). Relievers: RHP Zack Weiss (2-1, 2.33), RHP David Berg (7-0, 0.88, 21 saves), RHP James Kaprielian (0-0, 1.67), RHP Cody Poteet (4-6, 4.84).

All-Star Alumni: Jackie Robinson, Chris Chambliss, Ron Roenicke, Don Slaught, Shane Mack, Todd Zeile, Jeff Conine, Mike Magnante, Eric Byrnes, Eric Karros, Troy Glaus, Chase Utley.

Short Hops: UCLA earned back-to-back CWS appearances for the first time. ... Berg's 22 career saves are a school record and one more than Gabe Sollecito had from 1992-93. ... Vander Tuig has pitched six innings or more in 15 of his 17 starts. ... UCLA is 17-2 when it scores in the first inning and 38-5 when it scores more than three runs. ... Bruins and LSU are top defensive teams in the CWS field, at .980.

Quotable: 'Whenever you get to Fullerton and win two games, to beat I think the best team in the country, says a lot about the character. Their discipline and their habits, you name it, we did it. I think we earned it. Whenever you come (to Fullerton) and win this and get to Omaha, it's not an easy road.' - Savage.

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