Baseball America: Gamecocks, Cougars in Columbia regional; Clemson to Nashville

USC's LB Dantzler celebrates his home run with teammates Joey Pankake and Kyle Martin during the Gamecocks game against Clemson at Carolina Stadium, Saturday, March 3, 2012.

It’s early, but Baseball America already is out with a 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament field projection, complete with regional assignments.

South Carolina, College World Series champs in 2010 and 2011 and the runner-up in 2012, is picked to host the Columbia Regional as a No. 1 seed.

Other Columbia Regional teams: No. 2 Miami, No. 3 College of Charleston, No. 4 Bryant (no, not Kobe).

Clemson projects as the No. 2 seed in Nashville, where Vanderbilt is No. 1, Notre Dame No. 3 and Austin Peay No. 4.

Coastal Carolina is the No. 2 seed in Raleigh, hosted by N.C. State.

Most college teams open the 2013 season Friday.

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