South Carolina baseball has lost four straight games and back-to-back Southeastern Conference series, prompting some Gamecock fans to believe the sky is falling in on the program. Head coach Mark Kingston says you might want to pump the brakes a bit on the doom and gloom.
“I’ll just start by assuring everybody that the morale in this building remains very good,” Kingston stated on Thursday. “We still have a lot of confidence that the team that has been one of the best teams in the country still resides in this building.”
In a press conference to preview this weekend’s road trip to 3rd-ranked Arkansas, Kingston also unloaded a mixed bag of possibilities with regards to USC’s injuries. The sixth-year head coach of the Gamecocks stated that starting pitchers Will Sanders and Noah Hall won’t travel with the team to Fayetteville. Sanders is dealing with a slight lower-body injury, while Hall hasn’t pitched since the Mississippi State series in March due to a back issue. On the positive side, Kingston explained that both Will McGillis and Braylen Wimmer will be on the trip, and the Gamecocks are hopeful each will be able to play.
Kingston also laid out a new pitching rotation for USC as the Gamecocks head into Friday night’s 7:30pm showdown at Arkansas.