COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook won't talk to his players about finishing a victory short of the College World Series last season. He says they know too well what happened and are ready to work their way back to Omaha this season.
The Gamecocks and their second-year coach opened practice Friday in chilly, 29-degree temperatures. South Carolina was in line for a fourth consecutive CWS trip this past June, but lost the best-of-three, NCAA Super Regional series at North Carolina.
The Gamecocks were disappointed, but Holbrook believes they used the loss to motivate them for another run at the top. For Holbrook's part, he says he's sleeps much better this time than a year ago before his debut season as South Carolina's head coach.