Heading into this weekend’s series against No. 17 Arkansas, the University of South Carolina’s fifth-ranked baseball team had tasted defeat just three times in 21 games.
In other words if there was going to be a sweep in this SEC series, most fans expected it would be the Gamecocks breaking out the brooms.
That’s not how things worked out, though, as the Razorbacks (17-7, 4-2 SEC) took three straight from USC on its home turf – including a 5-3 extra innings win on Sunday after the Gamecocks had rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the game late.
Ouch, people …
The Gamecocks (18-6, 2-4 SEC) must now collect themselves prior to entering the meat of their SEC schedule – which includes series against Top Ten teams like Vanderbilt, LSU and Kentucky. In each of the last three seasons they’ve done just that – surviving the SEC and then coming on strong in the postseason to appear in three consecutive College World Series’ finals. Two of those appearances (in 2010 and 2011) resulted in national championships – the first for the school in a major sport.
USC returns to action Tuesday night on the road against the College of Charleston. On Thursday the Gamecocks will welcome Texas A&M to Columbia for a three-game series.
To take a look at USC’s full 2013 schedule (w/ results), click here.