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The art of the dogpile

College World Series dogpiles are historic, sometimes violent and always beautiful

Updated: June 25, 2014, 12:05 PM ET
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN.com

OMAHA, Neb. -- Virginia's hard-throwing, 6-foot-4 closer Nick Howard found himself in a familiar spot two weeks as ago as the Cavaliers counted the outs left in the super regional against Maryland, a trip to the College World Series at stake.

Howard, from Olney, Maryland, had closed the state championship as a senior in high school and got caught at the bottom of the dogpile, the traditional celebratory collapse of bodies.

So Howard, on the mound late in this 11-2 Virginia ...

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