06.27.2011 / The CWS Championship-Two SEC Rivals Meet

The CWS Championship game series starts tonight! Last year champions South Carolina, and the Florida Gators are going to meet up on the field for the first of three potential matchups that will take one team to the top of the CWS heap. Here is a quick look back at how they have done during the College World Series!

"This Championship match up makes it the third time in a row that an SEC team will win the CWS Championship."

Both teams are undefeated coming into this year’s championship games – the South Carolina Gamecocks beat out Texas A&M once and Virginia twice during the preliminary games, while Florida beat Texas once and Vanderbilt twice.  They come to the field tonight with opinions weighted a bit more heavily in favor of South Carolina due to their previous matchups with the Gators during the regular season (and their experience on the field during a CWS championship doesn’t hurt them, either).

Interestingly enough, the fact that both teams are from the Southeastern Conference make it the third time in a row – since 2009 – that an SEC team will win the CWS Championship.  Last year, South Carolina won and in 2009, the championship was won by LSU.  While the SEC is traditionally considered a “football” conference, these teams  - and three SEC wins at CWS in a row – make it clear that baseball is an up and comer in the SEC.

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