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South Carolina won the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2010 and 2011 at the College World Series. South Carolina has made 11 College World Series appearances including six times in the last 15 years.
In those 11 appearances, the Gamecocks are 32-20 for a .615 winning percentage, that is sixth-best among winning percentage leaders in CWS history. South Carolina is one of three schools in the nation to have reached at least 12 NCAA Super Regionals since 2000 and has the most NCAA Super Regional appearances of the 14 SEC schools since 2000.
In addition, the Gamecocks own the second-highest win total in Division I baseball since 2000 (791-332 record) and more conference wins than any SEC team since 2000 (308-198 record). Recently, South Carolina is one of only four schools in the nation to host an NCAA Regional in six of the last seven years.
Columbia is home to a Minor League Baseball team in the Class A South Atlantic League and is an affiliate of the New York Mets. The team is named for a unique natural phenomenon where fireflies synchronize their flashing lights in an elaborate, mysterious ritual. Congaree National Park, located about thirty minutes from downtown Columbia, is one of the few places on earth where you can see this light show every spring.
Playing in a brand new stadium, Spirit Communications Park, the Fireflies have become a go-to attraction for locals and visitors alike. In their second season, the Fireflies gained national attention with the draft of Tim Tebow to the roster. After playing and living in Columbia for more than half of the season, he was drafted to another team, but the excitement for the home team sustained.
In the same season, the minor league team hosted the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. The third season promises to bring another year of record attendance and good-old fashioned fun.
Hailing from Columbia, the popular 90s band Hootie & The Blowfish became the inspiration for the name of a baseball team that has been operating in Columbia for decades. Playing in the Coastal Plain League, the Blowfish is a summer collegiate baseball team steeped in tradition, using wooden bats to this day.
The team relocated to a brand new facility in Lexington County in 2015, and boasts a family-fun, vibrant atmosphere. The facility also plays host to several events including concerts, cook-offs, and various fundraisers that draw large crowds and give back to the community. In 2018 they will host the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game that is sure to draw a crowd.