The Tar Heels reached the College World Series for four straight seasons from 2006-09, but lost in the regionals at Oklahoma last season. They rolled through this year's regionals by a combined score of 27-3, then rode strong pitching performances to sweep Stanford in the Super Regionals.
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Vanderbilt heads to Omaha having won 11 of 12. The Commodores were playing in their third Super Regional and second straight. They never trailed in sweeping Oregon State, and in five NCAA tournament games they have outscored opponents 46-6.
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The Gators eliminated Mississippi State in three games in their Super Regional, advancing to their second straight College World Series. Florida entered the NCAA tournament as the No. 2 overall national seed.
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The Longhorns beat Arizona State to win the Austin Super Regional and advance to their record 34th College World Series. Texas, the No. 7 overall national seed, bounced back after losing the opener to the Sun Devils.
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South Carolina (50-14)
The defending champs put away Connecticut to clinch their second consecutive trip to Omaha and fifth since 2002. It was the Gamecocks' 11th straight NCAA tournament win, a streak that started last year at Rosenblatt Stadium.
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The Golden Bears swept Dallas Baptist on to earn their first College World Series berth in 19 years. Cal's story is unique as the baseball program was nearly cut before the season.
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Virginia, the overall No. 1 seed, was trailing 2-1 and down to its final out in Game 3 before loading the bases and then getting a two-run single from Chris Taylor to rally past Cal-Irvine 3-2.
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Texas A&M (47-20)
Texas A&M took two of three from Florida State in Tallahassee, including an 11-2 thrashing in Game 3, to grab the final College World Series berth and the Aggies' first since 1999.
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