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Portland celebrates Beavers NCAA victory

07:51 AM PDT on Wednesday, June 28, 2006

KGW.com and NWCN.com Staff Reports

PORTLAND - The NCAA champion Oregon State Beavers baseball team got the royal welcome by thousands of Portland fans in Pioneer Courthouse Square Tuesday after winning its first-ever College World Series championship.

The Oregon State University Department of Athletics invited "Beaver Nation" to welcome home the 2006 NCAA champions at celebrations in Portland and Corvallis Tuesday. OSU grabbed the championship title Monday night with a 3-2 win over North Carolina. It is the first time the Beavers have captured a national baseball championship.

"A lot of people back there - you saw it, it was a tremendous run. The character of these players is what college athletics is all about," head coach Pat Casey told the crowd of Beavers fans.

Casey and selected members of the team spoke during the Portland celebration. Mike Parker, the "Voice of the Beavers," served as the master of ceremonies.

NWCN

Portland rolled out the red carpet for NCAA champs Oregon State University Beavers baseball team at a rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The party continues with another celebration at 3 p.m. at Parker Plaza in Corvallis, located between Gill Coliseum and Reser Stadium.

The outpouring of support and welcome by Portland fans took some of the Beavers players by surprise, who said they didn't expect any of this.

"This is a dream come true for all of us. It's awesome. It's crazy," said player Mike Lissman.

At the Beavers fan shop, championship gear and paraphernalia were flying off the shelves. But by mid-morning Tuesday, no one - no even the brother-in-law of head coach Pat Casey - could get the goods they wanted. They all had to wait and wait and wait - until the FedEx truck arrived with boxes packed with Beaver gold.

But as quickly as the merchandise arrived, the merchandise disappeared. The Beavers fan shop says it expects to get more merchandise by week's end.