Sarah Higgins | NCAA.com | June 9, 2014 Higgins: CWS fever is in full swing in Austin David Dodson hopes Texas can add another national title when he travels to Omaha this week. Share AUSTIN, Texas -- It wouldn’t be a road trip if I didn’t stop to get presents for my siblings. And so I found myself at the University Co-Op, Texas’ on-campus bookstore, the morning after the Longhorns earned their record 35th berth in the College World Series, sweeping Houston to win the Austin Super Regional. As I did laps around the store – the perpetually indecisive shopper that I am – I noticed I wasn’t the only one stocking up. Major leaguers remember their #RoadToOmaha Omaha's Diner exemplifies city's small-town feel Eight teams make the trek to Omaha to make their mark Friends make living in sports memorabilia Omaha's vibrance goes beyond stadium ULL fans and the best seat on the house A visit to historic Monticello The ragin' beards of the Ragin’ Cajuns CWS fever in full swing in Austin Fans visit Vandy parking deck to get unique view Wagner's Pharmacy is 'where champions gather' Meet Maryland's head 'Turtle' ULL fans thrilled to reprsent state at Supers Baseball's smallest fans take in Austin Nerd Nation rises up for Stanford Roads to Omaha, triple crown both start in Louisville UVa. fans' mad dash to create their own row Ole Miss has come oh so close to CWS recently Cougar country comes north to Austin Stanford-Vandy -- fans' battle of the brains Batter up! First stop is the Slugger museum Sweating the details began in September • See more in the Coke Zero Social Arena WHO'S WHERE ON THE #RoadToOmaha Abby Hill Louisville, Ky. Andrew Prezioso Nashville, Tenn. Doug Kroll Lafayette, La. Eric Vander Voort Charlottesville, Va. Sarah Higgins Austin, Texas In the sea of burnt orange, I caught David Dodson and Rudy Ocejo, each with hands full, carrying Texas baseball jerseys and shirts. Usually forced to watch the Longhorns on television, the friends drove from Dallas and Houston, respectively, for their first series of the season – the most important one the Longhorns have played so far, as it turned out. Dodson and Ocejo, who met at a tailgate for the Texas-West Virginia game a few years ago, are both Texas grads. After tickets for the Austin Super Regional were released, Ocejo called the box office Tuesday and left the phone on hold. “They were all sold out. Just as I texted David, the lady came back on the phone and told me to wait a few more minutes and see what came up. We waited and she said two seats became available. She asked, ‘Do you want these?’ I didn’t even hesitate,” Ocejo said. “We were [in] last [place] in the Big 12 last year. Just to make it back to Omaha…” Dodson trailed off, shaking his head in disbelief. “We were so bad last year. Mark Payton came back. Several of these guys could have gone pro, but they came back. They came back for this.” They came back for that elusive trip to Omaha. As Houston’s Justin Montemayor flew out in the top of the ninth inning to punch Texas’ CWS ticket on Saturday afternoon, I had out my iPhone, expecting to capture a dogpile. Instead, the Longhorns simply shook hands and decided they were saving any dogpiling for Omaha. The Longhorns may have been to the College World Series 35 times. But for me, well, I’m just a rookie. I’ve never been to Omaha. I’ve never been to a World Series. I’m just a fan of the game with a pen, a notepad, and an iPhone, caught up in all the magic of this game, just like everyone else. And Monday morning, like so many Texas fans, I’ll leave Austin and drive the last stretch of road that separates me and TD Ameritrade Park. When Texas last made the College World Series, Dodson said he and Ocejo almost went, but decided not to make the trip north and regretted the decision ever since. They refused to let 2014 pass them by. “There’s five or six of us going, now. It’ll be our first time, which probably just adds to the excitement,” Dodson said. Under the Augie Garrido scoreboard at the bookstore, the Texas baseball caps and jerseys were flying off the shelves. They say everything’s bigger in the Texas – including Omaha fever, it seems. “I’m sure it’ll be boring,” he said with a laugh. “It’s part of my bucket list to go to Omaha.” You know what, David? It's on mine, too.