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Former high school rivals from Omaha team up to help Minnesota to Big Ten baseball title

Posted: 8:06 PM, May 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-22 21:19:08-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) The Big Ten Baseball Tournament begins on Wednesday & a couple of Omaha natives are on the Minnesota team that just won the regular season league championship.

Jackson Rose, son of former Husker play by play man Jim Rose, is a senior pitcher for the Gophers, while Joshua Culliver is a freshman pitcher. 

Rose went to Omaha Westside and Culliver comes from Creighton Prep. 

The two players have put their high school teams' rivalry in the past to help lead the Gophers to the number one seed in this week's tourney at TD Ameritrade Park. 

"When we first met, it was a little spotty," said Rose. "We had some arguments. He remembers seeing me play against their teams in high school. But it's nothing but a great friendship. I love Josh. He's a great guy. We put those high school experiences past us."

"Getting to know Jackson here and knowing he's also from Omaha, I thought it was just absolutely amazing," Culliver said. "I'm not going to say Prep is better but I mean, in my heart it is better but their programs are very historic. It's always fun talking to him because he's got a lot of state championships under his belt and so do I. It's really fun talking to him about it."

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Minnesota faces Michigan State on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.

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