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College of Charleston Cougars no longer an NCAA surprise

AP Sports Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - College of Charleston second baseman Blake Butler felt it when the Cougars got back together for workouts last fall: His team wanted to finish the job it began last season.

That task starts this weekend at the NCAA regional in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Cougars were one of the NCAA's surprise teams a year ago when they became just the fourth No. 4 seed - the NCAA uses 16 four-team regional sites - to advance into the best-of-three super regional. College of Charleston fell at Texas Tech in a pair of 1-0 games to end its season.

Butler says since then players have worked to take that next step into the College World Series. The second-seeded Cougars (43-13) open NCAA play on Friday against Auburn (35-24) at noon.

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