The South Carolina Gamecocks are looking to head back to the College World Series for a third consecutive time. The last time this happened was 2002, 2003, and 2004.The SEC East champions have won their last 11 College World Series games.
They have appeared in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament a total of 28 times. Of all SEC schools, South Carolina has made 13 consecutive trips to the Tournament, which is the longest streak. The Gamecocks have made it to the NCAA Super Regionals nine times.
Even though the Gamecocks lost Jackie Bradley, Jr., Scott Wingo, and Whit Merrifield among others, the 2012 Gamecocks can make a third straight trip to the College World Series.
Before we start with the seven reasons why the Gamecocks can repeat, we'll start with an honorable mention:
Gamecocks fans know the legend that is Reptar. He is the betta fish belonging to LB Dantzler. And yes, he is named for Tommy Pickles' toy from the cartoon "Rugrats." Fans know Reptar's story. Dantzler decided to bring Reptar along on a road trip to Auburn. Dantzler and his teammates started hitting well and #FeartheFish was born. The Gamecocks of 2010 had the spirit stick. This year, South Carolina has Reptar.