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Having his dad here for as long as the Gamecocks stay alive makes this CWS an even bigger thrill.

“My dad’s been a huge inspiration for baseball for me,” he said. “It’s definitely nice to have him out here.”

Is he worried about his dad getting another job?

“No, he’ll be OK,” Michael said. “Gamecock Nation will help us out.”

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WATCHING FROM AFAR: South Carolina’s Robert Beary had a special fan monitoring Sunday night’s thrilling 5-4 win over Texas A&M _ his father, Kevin, now stationed in Afghanistan.

Kevin Beary, a Florida county sheriff the past 16 years, is in his second tour of police duty in Afghanistan. With the Taliban and other government enemies still a threat, the work is perilous.

“There’s danger all over,” Robert said. “They lose guys all the time. And it’s not always gun fire. It’s suicide bombings. He’s been taught to keep his head down.”

Robert Beary was able to speak to his dad by e-mail and phone earlier Sunday.

“He told me about six to eight guys were going to stay up,” Robert said. “Because of the time difference it was about 3 o’clock in the morning there.”

Beary was a central figure in the dramatic 5-4 victory over the Aggies, especially in the bottom of the ninth when he led off the winning rally by hitting a 1-2 pitch to deep right for a double.

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CHILDRESS BACK HOME: While TD Amertrade Park is the new venue for the CWS, the experience isn’t for Texas A&M coach Rob Childress. He was the Nebraska pitching coach when the Cornhuskers made three appearances in 2001-02 and 2005.

The Huskers won only one of seven games at the CWS those years.

His first CWS appearance as a head coach didn’t start well, as South Carolina used a walkoff single to beat the Aggies 5-4 Sunday.

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