Both the South Carolina and Clemson baseball teams lost conference series over the weekend, but the Tigers fared far better in this week’s latest collegiate baseball polls.
Monte Lee’s Clemson team (34-11, 16-8 ACC) still remains in the top 10 of the three major collegiate baseball polls, which were released Monday. The Tigers came in at No. 8 on D1baseball.com, No. 9 on Collegiate Baseball and No. 10 on Baseball America. Clemson was swept over the weekend by a fierce North Carolina squad (36-9, 19-5 ACC), but stayed competitive in every game, with its worst loss being by four runs on Friday. The Tigers took an early lead in each of the three games, including a 10-inning loss on Sunday, where Tyler Lynn hit a walk-off infield single to seal the sweep for the Tar Heels.
South Carolina (25-17, 10-11 SEC), which lost two out of three games against Kentucky is ranked at No. 25 in Collegiate Baseball’s poll, but is not ranked on Baseball America or D1baseball.com. The Gamecocks suffered a 19-1 loss against the Wildcats Friday, their worst loss since 1997. It was the fifth consecutive series dropped for the Gamecocks, who allowed Kentucky (31-14, 14-7 SEC) to score its most runs in an SEC game since 2009 Friday. They earned a 5-1 win behind starting pitcher Adam Hill and freshman Carlos Cortes’ three RBIs Saturday. In Sunday’s series-deciding contest, USC rallied from a three-run deficit, but gave up multiple-runs in the eighth and ninth innings to lose 9-4.
Both teams fell in the RPI (Rating Percentage Index) rankings, with Clemson dropping two spots to No. 4 and South Carolina dropping 12 spots to No. 32 this week.
Coach Chad Holbrook and the Gamecocks will return to action Wednesday against Wofford, while Clemson will prepare for a non-conference weekend series against Nevada, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.