History on the line for Gators, Gamecocks

History on the line for Gators, Gamecocks

South Carolina and Florida both take aim at carving a place in College World Series and SEC history when they square off in the 2011 final series.

OMAHA, Neb. – Georgia got it started, LSU turned dominating the College World Series into an art form and in the last decade, South Carolina and Florida have carved out spots among the national elite.

Yep, the SEC is very comfortable in Omaha, and one way or another there will be some CWS history made over the next few days when the Gamecocks and Gators clash in the best-of-three national championship series (7 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Wednesday, if necessary).

Already this CWS marks the first time three teams from the same conference got to the semifinals as Vanderbilt was alive until a second loss to Florida in the semifinal round.

The all-SEC finale marks the first time since 1998 two teams from the same league have settled the national championship. That year it was Southern California and Arizona State – a year after LSU downed Alabama in the championship game.

South Carolina is looking to become only the fifth team to repeat as national champions, joining Oregon State (2006-07), LSU (1996-97), Stanford (1987-88) and Southern Cal, which won five straight from 1970-74.

And Florida is seeking to be the first SEC team to claim a national crown in the three men's major sports. Michigan and Ohio State are the only programs that can boast that claim.

Should the Gators prevail, they would also join Georgia, LSU and South Carolina as the SEC teams that have won the national title.

Here's a breakdown on how the SEC has fared in the CWS through the years

5 (last in 1999)
Record: 11-10
Highest finish: 2nd (1983, 1997)

6, 2 as an SEC team (last in 2009)
Record: 9-12 (2-4 as an SEC team)
Highest finish: 2nd (Tied for 3rd in 2009, second 1979)

4 (last in 1997)
Record: 3-8
Highest finish: 3rd (1967)

7 (last in 2011)
Record: 11-13
Highest finish: 2nd (2005)

6 (last in 2008)
Record: 10-11
Highest finish: 1st (1990)

Highest finish: N/A

15 (last in 2009)
Record: 35-20
Highest finish: 1st (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009)

Ole Miss
4 (last in 1972)
Record: 3-8
Highest finish: 3rd (1956)

Mississippi State
8 (last in 2007)
Record: 7-16
Highest finish: 3rd (2005)

South Carolina
10, five as an SEC team (last in 2011)
Record: 26-17 (17-7 as an SEC team)
Highest finish: 1st (2010)

4 (last in 2005)
Record: 8-8
Highest finish: 2nd (1951)

1 (last in 2011)
Record: 2-2
Highest finish: Tie for 3rd (2011)