Gamecocks tumble in Baseball America poll, fall into tie for SEC lead

COLUMBIA — A rough week for South Carolina led to a tumble in the national rankings for the Gamecocks baseball program.

After getting blown out by North Carolina and losing an SEC series at Georgia, South Carolina dropped from fifth to 12th in the newest Baseball America Top 25 released Monday. The Gamecocks, who entered this past weekend with a two-game lead in conference play, are also now tied atop the SEC with No. 2 Florida.

Another state team, Coastal Carolina, returned to the poll this week at No. 25.

South Carolina (29-8, 11-4 SEC) last week lost 15-0 to North Carolina in a neutral-site game in Charlotte, and then dropped the latter two contests of a three-game series at Georgia — including 13-4 on Saturday night — to lose an SEC series for just the second time this season.

The Gamecocks play Wednesday against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville before returning home for a three-game SEC series against Missouri (19-18, 4-11), which has lost four straight including a three-game sweep at No. 5 LSU. The series opener is 7 p.m. Friday at Founders Park.

Florida hosts Georgia this weekend before visiting South Carolina next week. The Gators and Gamecocks currently hold a one-game lead over No. 3 Texas A&M for first place in the SEC.