The South Carolina baseball crew salvaged the ultimate sport of a street sequence at Texas A&M on Sunday, however time is working out for the Gamecocks to salvage an opportunity on the postseason.
Just two sequence stay within the common season for the Gamecocks, who moved to 24-22 (10-14 SEC) with a 9-4 win over the No. 13 Aggies. The win comes someday after USC squandered a 9-0 lead and misplaced 13-12 in walkoff vogue.
USC’s bats got here to play on Sunday, as veterans Josiah Sightler, Andrew Eyster and Braylen Wimmer all homered, and catcher Colin Burgess hit a grand slam in help of starter Will Sanders. After the Aggies rallied for 3 runs within the seventh, Kevin Madden responded with a two-run bomb within the eighth.
A sequence win in College Station might’ve been an enormous jolt to USC’s postseason hopes, particularly coming off a sweep of Alabama the weekend earlier than, however the Gamecocks slipped to No. 72 within the RPI, and neither D1 Baseball nor Baseball America challenge USC to make the NCAA match. The Gamecocks might want to win 5 of their final six SEC video games simply to complete .500 within the convention.
And it’s not simply an NCAA regional that’s at stake. If the Gamecocks battle down the stretch, they could possibly be in peril of lacking the SEC match, which begins May 24 in Hoover, Alabama.
The SEC match contains 12 of the convention’s 14 groups, with each division winners and 10 at-large picks seeded by convention profitable proportion. With the win Sunday, the Gamecocks (10-14) are nonetheless inside vary to earn the invite to Hoover, however there’s little separation between USC and Alabama (10-14), Ole Miss (10-14), Kentucky (9-15), Mississippi State (9-15) and Missouri (7-17). Next weekend’s USC sequence towards the Wildcats in Columbia could possibly be pivotal for that race.
The Gamecocks final missed the convention match in 1996, in June Raines’ last 12 months as head coach earlier than Ray Tanner took over.
Even if the Gamecocks make the SEC match, they’ll nonetheless possible require a deep run — if not the title — in Hoover to earn an NCAA regional berth. Series wins towards Vanderbilt and Texas and a sweep of Alabama are boons to USC’s resume, however the Gamecocks even have obtrusive blemishes, together with midweek losses to Presbyterian and The Citadel, a sweep towards rival Clemson and a 3-12 document on the street.
Overall, USC has performed the No. 13 strongest schedule and has gone 10-15 towards Quadrant I opponents. But even the sequence wins towards the Longhorns and the Commodores have misplaced a few of their luster after each groups slipped out of nationwide Top 25 rankings down the stretch.
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This story was initially printed May 8, 2022 5:54 PM.