The NCAA issues its baseball tournament bids today, and the suspense over South Carolinas chances of earning a top-eight national seed is gone.
As the conference tournaments progressed, the Gamecocks (42-16) slipped to No. 13 in the official RPI rankings. That is likely to leave them on the outside looking in for a national seed when the 64-team field is announced.
The Gamecocks are one of the 16 regional host spots, as was announced Sunday night.
Florida (40-21) is a certainty to be a national seed as the regular-season SEC champions with the No. 2 RPI. LSU (44-14), which finished third in the regular season, now has an RPI in the Top 10, and won the conference tournament championship game, looks to have locked up a second national seed out of the conference.
That leaves USC and Ole Miss (41-18) out of the national-seed picture, especially with TCU (42-15) winning the Big 12 championship game.
1. South Carolina; 2. Maryland; 3. College of Charleston; and 4. Georgia Southern.
Rogers projects the Gamecocks to be paired with the Florida State regional. View his full projected field of 64 here.
Baseball Americas Aaron Fitt also believes the Gamecocks will be matched up against the Seminoles regional.
Fitt sees the Columbia regional shaping up as 1. South Carolina; 2. Georgia Tech; 3. Kennesaw State; and 4. Campbell.