- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Connecticut’s baseball team hopes to carve out its own space among its school’s athletic success when the Huskies face South Carolina in the super regionals.

The Huskies’ LJ Mazilli says it’s difficult at times to play in the shadow of the national champion men’s basketball team, the Big East champion football team and Connecticut’s powerhouse women’s basketball program.

Ace pitcher Matt Barnes says fans don’t start coming out in force until temperatures in the Northeast warm up to well above freezing.

Yet the baseball team is giving fans something to cheer about.

Connecticut (45-18-1) is seeking its first College World Series appearance since 1979, but the task gets tougher Saturday at Carolina Stadium against South Carolina (48-14) _ the defending national champions.



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