Neil White

May 26, 2014

Final NCAA baseball projections: Predicting the Gamecocks' regional foes

A last-minute look at who the national experts believe will be headed to the NCAA baseball tournament's Columbia regional when the field of 64 is announced today.

Neil White

In the know about Gamecocks baseball

The NCAA issues its baseball tournament bids today, and the suspense over South Carolina’s chances of earning a top-eight national seed is gone.

As the conference tournaments progressed, the Gamecocks (42-16) slipped to No. 13 in the official RPI rankings . That is likely to leave them on the outside looking in for a national seed when the 64-team field is announced.

The Gamecocks are one of the 16 regional host spots, as was announced Sunday night.

Florida (40-21) is a certainty to be a national seed as the regular-season SEC champions with the No. 2 RPI. LSU (44-14), which finished third in the regular season, now has an RPI in the Top 10, and won the conference tournament championship game, looks to have locked up a second national seed out of the conference.

That leaves USC and Ole Miss (41-18) out of the national-seed picture, especially with TCU (42-15) winning the Big 12 championship game.

Here are Perfect Game’s Kendall Rogers’ predictions for the Columbia regional :

1. South Carolina; 2. Maryland; 3. College of Charleston; and 4. Georgia Southern.

Rogers projects the Gamecocks to be paired with the Florida State regional. View his full projected field of 64 here .

Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt also believes the Gamecocks will be matched up against the Seminoles’ regional.

Fitt sees the Columbia regional shaping up as 1. South Carolina; 2. Georgia Tech; 3. Kennesaw State; and 4. Campbell.

View the entire Baseball America projections here .

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