ricky nixxCorrespondent IJune 22, 2009

17 Jun 2000:  The Louisiana State Tigers high fives fans in the stands after the College World Series Game against the Stanford Cardinal at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Tigers defeated the Cardinal 6-5.Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons  /Allsport

Texas and LSU are two of college baseball's most  Glorified programs, but rarely have they met for the title in Omaha. The Longhorns and Tigers will compete for just the third time at the College World Series when the best-of-three championship series begins tonight. It will be the teams' first match-up since 2000.

Texas beat LSU 12-7 in a 1989 bracket final, and LSU won 13-5 in a first-round game in 2000. Texas is 22-8-1 against LSU overall, dating to 1899. LSU coach Paul Mainieri said "Texas is the opponent he wanted to face in the finals." The Tigers are going for their sixth national title, while the Longhorns are going for their seventh. The teams have combined to play in 186 CWS games.