Route to Omaha: After losing the opener in the Super Regional, the Hurricanes came back to win the final two games at Mississippi, including a 14-9 victory in the deciding game Sunday. They went 3-0 against San Francisco and Manhattan to win the regional at Lincoln, Neb. They lost twice to Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and were 17-13 in ACC play.

Starting pitcher: Scott Maine (11-3, 4.89 ERA, .252 opponents' batting average). Maine was knocked out in the fifth inning of Miami's 11-9 loss in the Super Regional opener.

Offensive stars: Danny Valencia, a 6-2, 200-pound junior third baseman, went 3 for 3 with a grand slam and seven RBIs in Sunday's win over Ole Miss. He is hitting .329 with nine homers and 59 RBIs. Center fielder Jon Jay leads the team with a .369 average to go with six homers and 42 RBIs. Freshman designated hitter Yonder Alonso provides the power with 18 doubles, 10 homers and 69 RBIs.

CWS history: The 'Canes have made 19 appearances, the last time in 2001 when they beat Stanford for the national championship. They have reached the championship game six times, winning four.

Coach: Jim Morris (563-200) is making his eighth CWS trip in 13 years. He won national titles in 1999 and 2001.

Versus Oregon State: This is the first meeting between the teams.

-Kerry Eggers

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