Chants, Gamecocks, Tigers land in same NCAA Regional

For the first time in NCAA Baseball Tournament history, South Carolina, Clemson and Coastal Carolina will be playing in the same regional.

The NCAA Tournament pairings were announced Monday, and the selection committee threw the Palmetto State a bit of a curveball by placing three of the state’s top powers in the same regional, which will be hosted by the two-time defending national champion Gamecocks.

South Carolina (40-17) earned the No. 8 national seed and will be at home as long as it stays alive until the College World Series. The Gamecocks host No. 4 seed Manhattan at 4 p.m. Friday, preceded by a rematch between Coastal and Clemson at noon. The Chants defeated the Tigers 10-7 back in March.

Clemson (33-26) earned the No. 2 seed in the Columbia regional and will face No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina (41-17), which defeated the Tigers earlier this season. The Chanticleers are coming off their sixth straight Big South Conference regular season and tournament titles.

“Coastal Carolina has a great club,” South Carolina coach Ray Tanner told ESPNU during the announcement of the 64-team field on Monday. “They’re going to have a voice in this regional.”

The winner of the Columbia regional will advance to face the winner of the Virginia regional in the super-regional round. The eight super-regional winners will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The SEC led all conferences with eight members receiving bid, including top-eight national seeds Florida, LSU and South Carolina. Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Mississippi State also made the field of 64.

The ACC send the second most schools to the tournament with seven – North Carolina, Miami, Florida State, Virginia, North Carolina State, Clemson and Georgia Tech. Coastal is the lone representative from the Big South.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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