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Columbia Regional at Sarge Frye Field, Columbia

Team: South Carolina

Nickname: Gamecocks

Record: 42-18

Conference: SEC

Head coach: Ray Tanner, 11th season

NCAA appearances: 23

Last CWS appearance: 2004

About South Carolina: The top seed and host of the regional, South Carolina enters the NCAA Tournament coming of a 2-2 week at the SEC Tournament that saw the Gamecocks defeat the Florida Gators twice but fall in both games against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Did you know? The Gamecocks are hosting for an NCAA Regional for the 11th time in school history and the fourth time in the last seven years. South Carolina comes into the NCAA Regional with an all-time record of 84-49 (.632) in tournament action, including a 41-20 (.672) record under head coach Ray Tanner.

Team: North Carolina State

Nickname: Wolfpack

Record: 37-21

Conference: ACC

Head coach: Elliot Avent, 11th season

NCAA appearances: 21

Last CWS appearance: 1968

About North Carolina State: Second seed N.C. State enters the tournament after topping Georgia Tech 8-7 in its final game at the ACC Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday. N.C. State’s all-time record in the NCAA Tournament is 30-41. Right-handed pitcher Andrew Brackman is not on NC State’s 25-man roster for the Columbia, S.C., Regional and will not pitch this weekend for the Wolfpack. Brackman, who is 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA, made his last appearance May 12 at Virginia.

Did you know? This marks N.C. State’s first postseason trip to Columbia since the Atlantic Regional in 1975. The Wolfpack split four games in that regional – falling to Temple, then defeating Citadel and Temple before being eliminated by the Gamecocks.

Team: Charlotte

Nickname: 49ers

Record: 47-10

Conference: Atlantic 10

Head coach: Loren Hibbs, 15th season

NCAA appearances: 3

Last CWS appearance: Has never advanced to the CWS

About Charlotte: The third-seeded Niners enter the tournament with the nation’s best winning percentage and NCAA’s lowest ERA. Charlotte has eclipsed last year’s win total of 35 and has set the school record for most wins in program history.

Did you know? Charlotte head coach Loren Hibbs is still the NCAA’s all-time single-season leader in runs scored with 125 (1982). He was a member of the College World Series all-tournament team that year for Wichita State. Senior starting pitcher Adam Mills leads the nation in ERA, and is in the top four in the nation in wins and strikeouts and is on the Roger Clemens Award, Brooks Wallace Award and Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist lists.

Team: Wofford

Nickname: Terriers

Record: 30-31

Conference: SoCon

Head coach: Steve Traylor, 6th season

NCAA appearances: 1st

Last CWS: Has never advanced to the CWS

About Wofford: Four seed Wofford received an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional after taking the Southern Conference championship for the first time in school history. After drawing a No. 9 seed in the tournament, the Terriers boasted a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament to become the lowest seeded team to ever win the SoCon tournament. Wofford third baseman Brandon Waring was named the tournament’s most valuable player after knocking in 16 runs with five home runs while batting .560 (14-for-25) over the five-game spread.

Did you know? The Terriers finished the season by knocking their 106th home run of the season to become the nation’s home run leader. Wofford will look to add to the total as they face the second-best home run hitting team in the nation in South Carolina, who boasts 104 long balls this season.