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Whew, what a grand ‘ol time in Omaha. Balls flying into the stands like t-shirts, pitchers singeing bats as they burn the strike zone, and a bevy of sterling defense on display from eight of the best teams that college baseball has to offer. Sound like fun? Well, it was. But as they say C’est la vie (that’s life). And all good things do come to an end. 

But that just means it’s time to reminisce over some of the best performances that fans were treated to during college baseball’s 10-day takeover of TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Scroll on below for a smattering of what you may have missed.

2017 Interactive bracket Recap

Hitting standouts:

Papierski homers from both sides of the plate in win over Oregon State

Michael Papierski got a hero's welcome in the LSU dugout after two home runs against Oregon State.

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Michael Papierski got a hero’s welcome in the LSU dugout after two home runs against Oregon State.

Following a 13-1 shellacking at the hands of Oregon State, LSU needed a little Bayou juju to get back into the winners’ bracket at the CWS. A win over Florida State set the rematch and the Tigers again had their shot to topple the Beavers — which would require two wins in as many days over the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. Nonetheless, coach Paul Mainieri rallied his group for a 3-1 win to force a play-in game where Michael Papierski, the junior catcher from Illinois, shined brightest. Not a bad day at the dish, as NCAA.com’s Ryan Cooper noted while on site in Omaha:

The pair of swings put Papierski all over the College World Series record books. He became the only documented player in the championship’s history to homer from both sides of the plate in a game, was the first player to have a multi-homer CWS game since TCU’s Bryan Holaday in 2010 and was the first LSU player to do it since Brad Cresse in 1998. … Papierski has gone on a home run binge in Omaha, bashing three of his 11 dingers for the season.


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