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UNDATED (AP) — The Southeastern Conference flexed its baseball muscles with Auburn and Arkansas posting blowout wins in the deciding games of their super regionals and giving their league a record-tying four teams in the College World Series. Auburn scored 13 runs in the top of the first inning to start a 14-7 win over host North Carolina, sending the Tigers to the CWS for the first time since 1997. Arkansas beat Mississippi 14-1 and heads back to Omaha for the second straight year.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — There's another Bowden at Clemson. Former Auburn and Akron football coach Terry Bowden will be an unpaid graduate intern with the Tigers as he pursues an advanced degree in athletic leadership at the university. Bowden is the younger brother of former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, who led the football team from 1999 until midway through 2008. Terry Bowden most recently spent seven seasons at Akron where he was let go after last season.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Linebacker Rahshaun Smith has joined the Maryland football team after earning his undergraduate degree from Clemson. Smith, nicknamed "Shaq," will be eligible to play this season for the Terrapins under first-year coach Michael Locksley. The Baltimore native had 17 tackles and a sack to help unbeaten Clemson win the national championship in 2018.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Auburn scored 13 runs in the first inning to stun host North Carolina en route to a 14-7 victory that sent the Tigers to the College World Series for the first time since 1997. Judd Ward hit a three-run homer and Edouard Julien and Matt Scheffler each had two-run singles in the Tigers' overwhelming opening act. It turned the rest of the deciding game in the best-of-three NCAA super-regional series into a formality.
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