COLLEGE BASEBALL

Gamecocks No. 2 seed to ECU; Clemson, Coastal regional hosts

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 5/29/18

The University of South Carolina baseball team will be the No. 2 seed in the Greenville, N.C., Regional hosted by No. 1 seed East Carolina in the NCAA tournament, while Clemson and Coastal Carolina will host regionals, but neither as a top eight …

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Gamecocks No. 2 seed to ECU; Clemson, Coastal regional hosts

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The University of South Carolina baseball team will be the No. 2 seed in the Greenville, N.C., Regional hosted by No. 1 seed East Carolina in the NCAA tournament, while Clemson and Coastal Carolina will host regionals, but neither as a top eight national seed.

The field for the 64-team tournament was announced on Monday. Each of the 16 n4-team, double-elimination regionals will begin play Friday.

The Gamecocks are in the regional in their first season under head coach Mark Kingston after missing out on last year's tournament. USC, which is 33-22 on the season, will meet No. 3 seed Ohio State on Friday at 2 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPN2. The Buckeyes are 36-22.

The other first-round game will have No. 12 national seed and 43-16 East Carolina going up against 37-21 North Carolina-Wilmington.

The winner of the Greenville regional will meet the winner of the Fayetteville regional led by No. 5 national seed Arkansas in one of the eight best-of-3 super regionals

Clemson is the No. 10 national seed and it will play host to 37-24 Morehead State on Friday at 6 p.m. The other game will have No. 2 seed Vanderbilt (31-25) taking on No. 3 seed St. John's (39-15).

The winner of the Clemson regional will face the winner of the Tallahassee Regional hosted by No. 7 national seed Florida State in a super regional.

Coastal Carolina is back in the tournament this year after missing out last season. The Chanticleers, who won the 2016 College World Series, are the No. 15 national seed with a 42-17 record after winning the Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles.

Coastal will play host to 31-24 LIU Brooklyn on Friday at 6 p.m. The other first-round game will have No. 2 Connecticut (35-20-1) meeting No. 3 Washington (30-23).

The winner of the Conway regional is paired up against the winner of the Stanford regional hosted by No. 2 national seed Stanford.

Defending national champion Florida is the No. 1 overall seed, making it the first program to be a top seed three times.

After Stanford, the remainder of the top eight seeds are Oregon State, Mississippi, Arkansas, North Carolina, Florida State and Georgia.

Should the top eight national seeds win their respective regionals, they are assured of hosting a super regional as well. The winners of the super regionals move on to the CWS in Omaha, Neb.

Seeds nine through 16 are Texas Tech, Clemson, Stetson, East Carolina, Texas, Minnesota, Coastal Carolina and North Carolina State.

The Southeastern Conference has a record-tying 10 teams in the tournament and four top eight national seeds in Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Georgia. Not making the field from the SEC were Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Alabama

Florida State, at 41 appearances in a row, has the longest active streak of appearances. Texas will be in the tournament for the 59th time, while the only first-timer this year is Hartford.

Rice had a string of 23 straight appearances snapped while Virginia's 14-year run came to an end as well.