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South Carolina flexes SEC muscle again

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SEC LOGO UK BLUE.jpgThe Southeastern Conference proved its prowess in baseball yet again with its second straight national championship. South Carolina captured the program's first national title with a thrilling 2-1 extra-inning victory over UCLA in the College World Series.

The Gamecocks won the series 2-0 in the final CWS at historic Rosenblatt Stadium.

Obviously this is a UK blog and South Carolina and Kentucky don't always mix, but there's something to be said about SEC baseball and its power in the college baseball landscape. It's the league's eighth championship since 1990, more than any conference in the country.

The SEC has had a team in the national championship in four of the last six years, including three of the last four. Georgia lost to Fresno State in 2008 before LSU defeated Texas in the thrilling 2009 series.

Not that it matters at this point, but one has to wonder if anyone on the NCAA selection committee now regrets not putting Kentucky in the tournament. Obviously UK had some glaring holes in its resume for the team not to get in, but when you consider the proven strength of the conference and just how close the Wildcats were to making it, you have to wonder whether or not they should have been included in the 64-team tournament.

After all, this is the team that took two of three from this year's national champions less than two months ago.

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