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Release: Gamecock Baseball Ranked No. 4

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Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina is ranked No. 4 in the nation in the D1Baseball Preseason Top 25 as announced on Tuesday morning.  The Gamecocks begin the 2017 season on Friday, Feb. 17 hosting UNCG at Founders Park.

South Carolina is one of five SEC schools to be ranked. Also ranked is Florida (No. 2), LSU (No. 5), Vanderbilt (No. 7) and Texas A&M (No. 20).

This is South Carolina’s third preseason national ranking.  The Gamecocks were also ranked No. 4 in the country by Collegiate Baseball and No. 5 in the nation by Perfect Game.

RANK – TEAM – (2016 Record)
1. TCU (49-18)
2. Florida (52-16)
3. Florida State (41-22)
4. South Carolina (46-18)
5. LSU (45-21)
6. NC State (38-22)
7. Vanderbilt (43-19)
8. Oregon State (35-19)
9. North Carolina (34-21)
10. East Carolina (38-23)
11. Coastal Carolina (55-18)
12. Louisville (50-14)
13. UL Lafayette (43-21)
14. Texas Tech (47-20)
15. Clemson (44-20)
16. Cal State Fullerton (36-23)
17. Virginia (38-22)
18. Stanford (31-23)
19. Arizona (49-24)
20. Texas A&M (49-16)
21. Miami (Fla.) (50-14)
22. Maryland (30-27)
23. Rice (38-24)
24. UNCW (41-19)
25. UC Santa Barbara (43-20)

South Carolina won the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2010 and 2011 at the College World Series. South Carolina has made 11 College World Series appearances including six times in the last 15 years. In those 11 appearances, the Gamecocks are 32-20 for a .615 winning percentage, that is sixth-best among winning percentage leaders in CWS history. South Carolina is one of three schools in the nation to have reached at least 12 NCAA Super Regionals since 2000 and has the most NCAA Super Regional appearances of the 14 SEC schools since 2000. In addition, the Gamecocks own the second-highest win total in Division I baseball since 2000 (791-332 record) and more conference wins than any SEC team since 2000 (308-198 record). Recently, South Carolina is one of only four schools in the nation to host a NCAA Regional in six of the last seven years.

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