South Carolina Baseball: Gamecocks fall in rankings after losing rivalry series to Clemson Tigers

South Carolina baseball lost 2 games to the rival Clemson Tigers. They now have fallen (slightly) in the rankings.

South Carolina baseball outfielder Ethan Petry tagged out while stealing against Clemson
South Carolina baseball outfielder Ethan Petry tagged out while stealing against Clemson / MCKENZIE LANGE/ Staff / USA TODAY
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South Carolina baseball fans are not happy.

After having their home game in the rivalry series against Clemson banged due to weather, the Gamecocks lost the neutral site game in extra innings and fell on the road in the Upstate in another 1-run game.

Frankly, the USC bats weren't good enough in the two losses. Aside from four home runs from Will Tippett, Cole Messina, and Ethan Petry (2), the Gamecocks had 10 total hits and went a dreadful 4-37 with runners on base in the two games. Tallying just 8 total runs despite also getting 18 free base runners from walks and hit-by-pitches has the fanbase (rightfully) frustrated.

On Monday, the frustration only grew as the national rankings dropped South Carolina baseball to lower positions in the polls than they were in last week. To be clear, USC deserved to fall in the rankings, but the drops just add insult to the injury of losing twice to a bitter rival.

After ranking the Gamecocks 19th last week, D1Baseball slotted Carolina in at #21.

Perfect Game dropped South Carolina baseball all the way down to 18th after ranking them 13th last week.

Baseball America must have felt generous when they voted on their rankings. The outlet put Mark Kingston's team at #13, down just one spot from last week's 12th ranking.

USA Today ranks South Carolina baseball in their 21st spot, a five-spot drop from last week's #16 poll position.

The NCBWA (National College Baseball Writers Association) believes the YardCocks to be the 23rd-best team in the country, moving them down from the 17th spot in last week's poll.

For the second week in a row, College Baseball Central moved Carolina down by two spot, penciling the Gamecocks into the 13th ranking in their poll.

South Carolina baseball will look to bounce back with two mid-week home games against The Citadel Bulldogs (Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 PM EST on SEC Network+) and the Davidson Wildcats (Wednesday, March 6th at 3:00 on SEC Network+).

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