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Are Clemson and South Carolina Headed for Another Showdown?

The NCAA committee has done it again, they have made it possible for the Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers to meet in June in tournament baseball.

The programs have met six times in June with the Gamecocks winning all six of the meetings. Four of these meetings took place in Omaha in the College World Series.

After the Gamecocks beat Clemson twice in the 2010 College World Series, the NCAA Tournament committee decided they wanted these match-ups more often. In 2011 the Gamecocks and Clemson were both hosting regionals with a shot to face each other in Columbia in a Super Regional. Clemson did not live up to their end of the bargain as they lost their regional at home to the #2 seeded Connecticut Huskies. At the time it seemed embarrassing for Clemson to lose at home to a northeast school without much of a baseball history. It turns out that Connecticut team was pretty special. Their ace pitcher was Matt Barnes and their best player was a guy named George Springer. UCONN would get swept the next weekend by the Gamecocks in Columbia but those games were far from easy.

In 2012 the committee decided to put Clemson in the Columbia regional. They would face off twice with the Gamecocks winning an epic game on Saturday 5-4 in 12 innings. They would meet again on Sunday in another great game in which the Gamecocks would hold on for a 4-3 win.

In 2013 the committee once again put Clemson in the Columbia regional. This was the year that Clemson came to Columbia in June and did not lose once to the Gamecocks. Then again, they never played each other. Clemson went 1-2, losing to Liberty twice and never facing the Gamecocks.

It is now 2016 and it is Clemson with the national seed. The Gamecocks and Clemson could finally meet in June away from Columbia and Omaha. Will the committee get what it wants? We will see. We do know this, the Gamecocks have always made the College World Series whenever they have played Clemson in June or lined up to play them in June. Can the streak continue?

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