Gamecocks not scared to take down Arkansas


The Gamecocks are moving on from their big weekend at ECU. After going undefeated in their region, the South Carolina baseball team now goes on the road to a familiar SEC foe in Arkansas at the Super Regional.

The two teams have played four times this season with Arkansas winning three of them. The Razorbacks got the regular season series win 2-1 and then beat the Gamecocks 13-8 in the SEC tournament.

"To me, it should be a much different series," head coach Mark Kingston said. "The weather will be warmer. I'd guess the ball will carry much better so I think you'll see a little bit more offense this weekend."

At East Carolina, the Gamecocks took on three teams they'd never seen before. But they said this weekend is a little easier to prepare for since they've already got a pretty good scouting report.

"We know that we can compete with anyone in the SEC on any given day on any given weekend," Jonah Bride said. "We've won however many SEC series in a row..."

The Gamecocks also don't care much that Arkansas is the heavy favorite.

"They're the higher seed and they're probably expected to win, but, for us, that's how it's been all year," L.T. Tolbert said. "Everybody's counted us as the underdogs and I think we've embraced that role. If they end up taking us lightly then they probably won't be heading to Omaha, it'll be us."

The Gamecocks have many players on their team fans expect to come through in the clutch.

But last weekend, a new Gamecock star emerged by the name of Danny Blair. All eyes will be on the regional MVP after his stellar performance at ECU, but he said he won't be distracted by all the new attention.

"You just gotta take it as just icing on the cake," Blair said. "Once it's time to practice or focus on the game, just focus on that."

Game one between Arkansas and South Carolina is set for 6:30 eastern time this Saturday.

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