USC head baseball coach Mark Kingston held his season ending press conference via Zoom on Thursday. The Gamecocks are coming off a 34-23 campaign, which included a 16-14 mark in the SEC. South Carolina hosted the Columbia baseball regional and after defeating Virginia in the opener, the Gamecocks dropped back-to-back games to Old Dominion and UVA to conclude the season.
Carolina struggled to a .246 batting average, ranking #242 of the 286 Division One schools this spring. USC was also plagued by strikeouts, recording 545 K’s at the plate. However, it wasn’t all bad news offensively as junior slugger Wes Clarke’s 23 homeruns were tied for first nationally with Florida State’s Matheu Nelson.
On the mound, the Gamecocks had a staff ERA of 3.80 with pitcher Will Sanders being named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
During his Thursday presser, Kingston was pressed on how to improve the Gamecocks offense, what positives he saw during the 2021 season, and how the draft might affect his team moving forward.