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Feb. 13, 2012

Columbia, S.C. – Opening Day at Carolina Stadium between South Carolina and VMI is sold out, the Gamecock Athletics Ticket Office announced Monday evening. First pitch for the 2012 opener on Friday, Feb. 17 is set for 3 p.m. with live video broadcast available at and live radio broadcast on the Gamecock Radio Network including flagship station 107.5 FM “The Game,” in Columbia.

Fans may still purchase standing room only tickets for Saturday and Sunday for the series. First pitch for Saturday’s contest is also 3 p.m. with Sunday’s series finale slated for 1:30 p.m.

To obtain single game tickets, fans can go online to the official website of Gamecock Athletics, or call the ticket office at (803) 777-4274 or 800-4SC-FANS.

South Carolina set a record this year for season tickets with a total of 5,580 sold.

South Carolina is the back-to-back defending national champion in NCAA Division I Baseball after winning consecutive titles at the 2010 and 2011 College World Series. South Carolina has 10 College World Series appearances, including five in the last 10 years under head coach Ray Tanner. Under Tanner’s leadership, South Carolina owns the third-highest win total in the nation in the last 12 years with a 577-231 record. South Carolina is one of eight schools to appear in the NCAA Regional every season in the last 12 years, including nine NCAA Super Regional appearances in that span, one of only five schools to accomplish the feat.

Carolina owns more overall wins and more conference wins than any SEC team in the last 12 years. South Carolina is the only SEC school to record 40 or more wins each season since 2000-present and the only SEC school to reach the NCAA Regional every season in the last 12 years. The Gamecocks also have the most NCAA Super Regional appearances of the 12 SEC schools in the last 12 years.

Head coach Ray Tanner is the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history with a .699 winning percentage in 15 seasons at the helm of the Garnet & Black.