South Carolina has played in 11 College World Series, winning it twice. Clemson has played in 12. The Citadel has played in one.
Unfortunately, though, the Gamecocks, Tigers and Bulldogs are not among the 16 schools still in the running for this season's College World Series.
But the College of Charleston is. The C of C is also the only No. 4 seed in the opening round of four-team NCAA regionals to make this week's two-team super regionals, from which the eight winners advance to the CWS in Omaha, Neb.
The Cougars, after finishing a close second in the regular season, won the Colonial Athletic Association tournament two weeks ago in their first year in the league. They then won three straight last week at the NCAA regional in Gainesville, Fla., starting with a 3-2 victory over national No. 2 seed Florida.
Next up: The C of C at Texas Tech in a best-of-three super regional starting today.
And while Lubbock's a long way from Charleston, coach Monte Lee's Cougars, with a 44-17 record, have proven that they can prevail over the long haul: On May 17, they even beat CAA foe William & Mary, 3-2, in a 23-inning marathon at Patriots Point - the second longest game in college baseball history.
Now they can make College of Charleston sports history by winning two out of three against the Red Raiders.
So yes, USC fans are disappointed that their team is out the running this early for the first time since 2009. They're used to amazing Gamecock baseball success after national titles in 2010 and 2011 and a runner-up finish in the 2012 CWS.
Meanwhile, slumping Clemson hasn't made it past the regional round since 2010.
But thanks to the C of C, our Palmetto State can still win college baseball's top 2014 prize.
So go Cougars - all the way to Omaha.
Even if it takes lots of extra innings.
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