This weekend South Carolina played Miami of Ohio and ultimately the Gamecocks baseball struggles on offense but wins three in a row. They did sweep the series winning 2-0 Friday, 7-0 Saturday, and 5-3 on Sunday afternoon, pushing their record to 12-3 on the season now. But this was not Vandy, this was Miami of Ohio, a team who has struggled especially at the plate and only won a couple games. This should have been a team the Gamecocks were able to handle at bat, but instead batted .178 for the weekend lowering their season average to .268.
On Friday we wrote an article about how the baseball team needed to use this weekend series to really get its offense on track. Before this weekend, only a handful of guys were really hitting well at all, and more than 10 games into the season any kinks should be getting worked out by this team. Instead, they went into reverse and almost the entire team struggled for the weekend. Only Jordan Gore, Logan Koch, and Gene Cone had a multi hit game this weekend.
Jordan Gore said after the game “The offense is gonna come” and then followed with “as long as we get Ws it doesn’t really matter” when asked about the lack of offensive production over the weekend. That may be true if this was just a blip, or we were in the second weekend of the season. However, the Gamecocks have now played 15 games with none against any top 20 teams, and batting this poorly is more than just a trend.
The bigger question is what will Coach Chad Holbrook do to try and get it going? After the Clemson series, he talked about major changes, and really only made minor changes at all. But what now? Whatever it is, he’s only got one day off to think about it. The Gamecocks have a rare series against Penn State Tuesday and Wednesday, then this weekend starting SEC play with a home series against Kentucky who is also 12-3 for the season. There’s no doubt the offense needs to get on track soon, if not to provide better support for the pitchers, then at least for their own state of mind. Everyone keeps saying they can do it, but you can’t confuse potential with performance.