This past weekend the Gamecocks took on the Auburn tigers at Founder’s Park in Columbia, SC. It was a home series for the Gamecocks who were underdogs against the fifteenth ranked tigers. In the end Auburn won the series 2-1. South Carolina did manage to take a win in game two with a strong performance from pitcher Reid Morgan.
Pitching seems to be the biggest problem for the Gamecocks as conference play continues to seem like a struggle for the team. We have been searching for a pitcher to replace our Friday night starter Carmen Mlodzinski who was injured earlier in the season but nobody has been able to successfully fill the role. The Gamecocks have lost every Friday night conference game. So far our only conference wins are on Saturday’s which is when Reid Morgan starts on the mound.
Is Pitching to Blame For South Carolina’s Rocky Start to Conference Play?
Pitching has played a big role in South Carolina’s struggles in conference play. We cannot expect to come away with big wins until we have a reliable Friday night starter that can set the tone for the series. So far we have had a different pitcher start for every Friday night conference game and we have yet to win a single one.
In Daniel Lloyd’s defense he played a decent game only allowing three runs over the span of over eighty pitches, but we still came up short. The offense needs to get going too. There needs to be more confidence in the team overall and I believe solid pitching will do the job. If we can start winning on Friday nights, the momentum should carry through the series and help get the Gamecocks rolling.