CCU has past playoff woes against Palmetto State foes

The Coastal Carolina baseball team’s “Road to Omaha” is a literal one, geographically speaking – just down Interstate 20 to Columbia. It’s also proven to be a hazardous one.

The Chanticleers will meet Upstate power Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Regional. They also have to get through top-seeded host South Carolina, which has made consecutive successful round trips to and from the College World Series.

The Chants, making their sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament’s field of 64, have yet to make the trek to Omaha, unlike their Palmetto State rivals in this weekend’s double-elimination tournament.

Coastal does have some history with Clemson, beating the Tigers 10-7 earlier this season but holding just an 8-40 record overall. The Chants were eliminated at the Clemson Regional last season, suffering a 12-7 loss to the Tigers.

In 2010, it was South Carolina knocking out the Chants in the Myrtle Beach Super-Regional, dropping a pair of one-run games to the eventual national champion Gamecocks. Clemson did the same in 2007 Myrtle Beach, pounding Coastal 11-8 and 15-3.

Coastal will try to erase its checkered past postseasons against its Palmetto State foes when it takes on Clemson at noon Friday. The Gamecocks host No. 4 seed Manhattan at 4 p.m. Friday, with the winners and losers  advancing to meet the following day.

Photo courtesy of Big South Conference

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