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NC State Is Off To Columbia

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Here's the 2011 NCAA tournament bracket.

NC State earned a three-seed in the Columbia regional:

The field has been set for the 2011 NCAA Baseball Regional in Columbia, S.C. at Carolina Stadium. South Carolina (45-14) is the No. 1 seed and No. 4 national seed and will face the No. 4 seed Georgia Southern (36-24). The No. 2 seed Stetson (41-18) will face No. 3 seed NC State (34-25). The NCAA Regional will run from Friday, June 3 to Monday, June 6. Times and dates for the regional are to be announced.

So State gets a chance to knock off the defending national champions, though they'll have to get by Stetson first. The Hatters (I wonder if their batting helmets are shaped like top hats) don't hit for much power--four 40+ game starters are slugging under .335--but unlike State they have a lot of speed and run quite a bit. As a team they've been successful on over 80% of their stolen base attempts, which is an outstanding success rate. More later in the week.