USC holds steady in polls, chasing posteason positioning

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - The South Carolina baseball team is holding steady in the latest polls despite dropping a weekend series to No. 2 Vanderbilt.

The Gamecocks (33-14, 13-10, SEC) are ranked 15th in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll. They have now held that position for the last three weeks.

This past weekend's series finale was called off due to rain on Sunday. As a result, both South Carolina and Vanderbilt are now slated to play just 29 SEC games.

The Commodores are on pace to break South Carolina's SEC record for most conference wins in a season. The Gamecocks went 25-5 back in the 2000 season. Vanderbilt is currently 21-2 in conference play with six games to go.

The Gamecocks have just two conference series left as they look to make a play for a national seed in the program's quest for a seventh trip to the College World Series in the last 12 seasons. A national seed would guarantee the Gamecocks would play at home through regional and super regional play.

However, they would likely need to sweep their last two SEC opponent to do that. It is more likely South Carolina will be in position to host a regional at Carolina Stadium for the NCAA tournament. The team is 23-6 at home this season.