The 2011 College World Series kicks off on Saturday and Sunday with the eight-team field participating in their four opening contests. A year after taking the 2010 College World Series to win the school's first men's team national title, South Carolina baseball returns to Omaha for the 2011 College World Series. The Gamecocks will face one of the toughest fields in recent memories. Six national seeds and top ten ranked, Big 12 champ Texas A&M advanced to Omaha. So did the Cal Bears.
Cal Bears will open the tournament on Sunday facing off against the Virginia Cavaliers and their four-team opening pod also includes South Carolina and Texas A&M. The winner of the two opening games will face each other while the loser of the two opening contests will also face each other.
Most Carolina fans expected the team to return to the College World Series at the start of the season with a healthy roster, there have been lots of injuries, and the way this team has pulled together and continued to win as guys continue to drop has been amazing.
South Carolina began the transition away from the longball just before the move to the new bats. We have guys like Christian Walker and Brady Thomas who can quickly jump on any pitcher's mistake, but this team has produced a lot more offense from stringing together hits than relying on the homerun. This team is big believers in advanced stats, they have a tendency to play a little too old school with regards to the sacrifice bunt and even stolen bases, but there is definitely a strong team-wide strikeout to walk ratio.