Home has been good to the #1 South Carolina Gamecocks.
They hope that the good feelings continue as they hit the road to take on Arkansas (RV in the writers poll) in some good old, Southern-fried SEC hardball action in Fayetteville.
South Carolina Gamecocks (25-3, 6-3 SEC) @ Arkansas Razorbacks (18-11, 4-5 SEC)
April 4-5 (4:05pm ET and 7:35pm ET Friday, 7pm ET Saturday on CST)
Baum Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
All-time series: Razorbacks lead 35-28
Weather: clear and dropping below 50 Friday, cloudy and around 60 Saturday
Who’s Hot For the Gamecocks
Who’s hot? Joey Pankake. The infielder has put together a 16-game hitting streak while hitting .432 in league play. Then, of course, there’s Grayson Greiner, who has two walkoffs in less than a week.
Last Time Out
South Carolina found it tough to put together offense against App State on Tuesday, but they were bailed out by a Greiner walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th to win 2-1. The Razorbacks, meanwhile, split a non-league pair on Tuesday and Wednesday to Nebraska.
Who To Watch For on Arkansas
Joe Serrano leads the Hogs with a .326 batting average to go along with his 15 RBI. The top RBI man is top-35 recruit Brian Anderson (21), who sits near the top of the league in that department. Jalen Beeks (#73 among starters in the Baseball America top 100) is 4-2 with a 1.27 ERA in his seven starts, while Michael Gunn and Jacob Stone haven’t allowed a run in 27.2 innings combined–so the Razorbacks can take comfort in turning it over to their bullpen toward the latter part of games. But Chris Oliver, a top-30 pitching prospect, is 2-3 despite a 2.41 ERA.