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Five Reasons SC Can Win in Omaha: Part 1

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Through meticulous research and watching a lot of baseball games, we've narrowed down five reasons we believe the Gamecocks can win the College World Series. These are in no particular order:

Pitching

Instead of mashing their way to Omaha, the Gamecocks have made it with some of their best pitching numbers at South Carolina in recent years.

The staff has the best team ERA (3.61) since 2004. You have to go back to 1993 to find a Gamecock team with fewer hits allowed and 2003 for a team that has allowed fewer runs.  It's also been 17 years since a Gamecock pitching staff allowed fewer earned runs.

Through the regular season, South Carolina consistently pitched with excellence, leading the conference in team ERA, opposing batting average, wins, hits allowed, runs allowed and earned runs allowed. The Gamecocks were 2nd in the league in strikeouts and allowed the third-fewest home runs.

Nationally, the pitching staff ranks 9th in team ERA, 4th in strikeouts per nine innings (9.0) and 3rd in hits allowed per game (7.65).

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