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Gamecocks Look to Build on National Title

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The Gamecock baseball team opens defense of their National Championship The Gamecock baseball team opens defense of their National Championship

By Chris Peterson

 The South Carolina Gamecocks  open the 2011 baseball season Friday with a three game series against the Santa Clara Broncos.

 The last time the Gamecocks were on the diamond they left Omaha as the National Champions of college baseball.

Gamecock Head Coach Ray Tanner said his nerves get the best of him.

 "I Worry all the time," Tanner said. "I have the fear of not being the team you want to be or not being the team you want to be on a particular day. That keeps me going a little bit."

 Baseball America ranks the Gamecocks in the pre-season top 10 and projects them to finish third in the SEC-East.

 "It's a great league," said Tanner. "You've got the Gators and Commodores with all those pitchers returning, and they deserve to be ranked where they are. But you know, you don't go by projections. You go by play on the field, and hopefully we'll do a good job."

 First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Friday at Carolina Stadium.

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