NCAA baseball projections: Where the Gamecocks stand

Posted by NEIL WHITE on May 8, 2014 

South Carolina's Grayson Greiner (21)

TIM DOMINICK — tdominick@thestate.com

Last weekend’s SEC series loss dimmed the South Carolina baseball team’s hopes of landing a national seed in the NCAA tournament with just two weekends remaining in the regular season against Missouri and Vanderbilt.

... The Gamecocks (36-13) dropped five spots to No. 11 in the NCAA’s official RPI rankings this week. Those rankings play a key role when it comes to the teams being considered for the top eight national seeds, which ensures home games in NCAA play until the College World Series in Omaha.

... Baseball America projects this week that the Gamecocks are on the bubble for a national seed but most likely out. They are considered on the bubble as a NCAA regional host but most likely in. Here’s what college baseball analyst Aaron Fitt wrote in his weekly stock report after USC lost its third SEC series in the last five weeks. “At 13-11 in the SEC (five games behind Florida), South Carolina needs a torrid finish to resuscitate its national seed hopes. A sweep of Missouri this weekend would help, but the regular-season finale at Vanderbilt is huge. The Commodores travel to Florida this weekend before hosting South Carolina, and if they win both series, they figure to be a national seed. For now, we’ll assume the home team wins both of those series, causing both Vandy and South Carolina to fall outside national seed position.”

... In Perfect Game’s NCAA projections this week, South Carolina is no longer listed as a national seed after being No. 4 last week. PG projects the Gamecocks to host a regional with Georgia Tech, Kansas and Western Carolina and to be paired against No. 6 seed Florida State on the road in a Super Regional.

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