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Jun 8, 2014 11:29 PM by Kari Beal

2000 College World Series UL players give advice and reunite

The Super Regional UL Baseball games are bringing in a special breed of fans. Many former UL Baseball players gathered by the Canes tent Sunday night; in particular the teammates from the 2000 UL Baseball team that made it to the College World Series semifinals.

"Having the team go this far has given us the opportunity for 18 years of players past to reunite and reminisce. It is great for the team, the institution and the community," 2000 UL Baseball Pitcher Scott Dohmann said.

As they watch the games they realize the 2014 team has a lot in common with themselves.

"We've had good teams in the past, but this team really reminds us of ourselves. The way they play the game, the intensity, the love for the game and the team chemistry," 2000 UL Baseball Shortstop Rick Haydel said.

It's a sporting chemistry that brings players together more than a decade later.

"Oh it's great. I haven't seen these guys in thirteen years so it's great to be with them and celebrate the success," 2000 UL Baseball Player Ryan Gill said.

The former players are confident this year's team has what it takes to move forward.

"For years we've had teams come through, but to have a team that could push through to Omaha, it's just special for the community, Haydel said.

Between former players, family and friends the Ragin Cajun spirit in Acadiana is loud and proud

"I can't describe it. If I could go back and do it all over again I would do it in a heartbeat, it is wonderful. When you're a little kid it's the pinnacle of where you dream of playing," Gill said.

Knowing what it takes to come so far the players have some words of wisdom.

"My advice to the guys right now is just to embrace the moment because whether you play professional or this is the last game of your career it's something that you are going to carry with you for the rest of your life so enjoy every moment," Haydel said.

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