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USC awaits NCAA destination

COLUMBIA, SC SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009 ERIK CAMPOS---The University of South  Carolina head coach Ray Tanner leads his baseball team through practice and  scrimmage for the upcoming season in their new stadium on Sun. Feb. 1, 2009.  This was the first day of practice in the new ballpark, which cost some $36  million. Erik Campos/ecampos@thestate.com
COLUMBIA, SC SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009 ERIK CAMPOS---The University of South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner leads his baseball team through practice and scrimmage for the upcoming season in their new stadium on Sun. Feb. 1, 2009. This was the first day of practice in the new ballpark, which cost some $36 million. Erik Campos/ecampos@thestate.com

South Carolina will learn its destination today for the NCAA baseball postseason after Columbia was not announced Sunday as a regional host site.

Three Southeastern Conference teams will be hosts (LSU, Florida and Mississippi).

The regional sites closest to USC -- and the team's most likely destinations -- will be at Clemson, East Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

The NCAA will reveal the rest of the 64-team field at 12:30 p.m. today on ESPN. A team that picked to hold one of the NCAA's four-team regionals is guaranteed a spot in the tournament.

South Carolina made a late push, winning 10 of its final 11 regular-season games to give itself an outside chance at holding a regional at new Carolina Stadium.

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The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records are as follows:

** Arizona State (43-12 through Saturday, May 23), Tempe, Ariz.;

** UC Irvine (42-13 through Saturday, May 23), Irvine, Calif.;

** Cal State Fullerton (41-14 through Saturday, May 23), Fullerton, Calif.;

** Clemson (40-19), Clemson, S.C.;

** East Carolina (42-17), Greenville, N.C.;

** Florida (39-20), Gainesville, Fla.;

** Florida St. (42-15 through Saturday, May 23), Tallahassee, Fla.;

** Georgia Tech (35-17-1), Atlanta;

** LSU (45-16 through Saturday, May 23), Baton Rouge, La.;

** Louisville (44-15), Louisville, Ky.;

** Mississippi (40-17), Oxford, Miss.;

** North Carolina (42-16), Chapel Hill, N.C.;

** Oklahoma (41-18), Norman, Okla.;

** Rice (39-15), Houston; Texas (40-13-1 through Saturday, May 23), Austin, Texas;

** TCU (36-16), Fort Worth, Texas.

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