COLUMBIA -- South Carolina managed to salvage one game in its pivotal series against Florida, and now the Gamecocks know when they'll begin play -- and who they'll play -- in next week's SEC Tournament.
USC, which finished the regular season 43-13, 21-9 in the SEC, is the 3 seed and will face 6 seed Ole Miss on Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.
The game should start about 2 p.m., depending on how long the day's first game, Auburn and Alabama, goes. Both will be televised on SportSouth.
The Rebels (36-20, 16-14) were just swept at home by West champ Auburn, including two final games that weren't even close.
The winner will face the Auburn-Alabama winner Thursday. The loser will face the loser of that game.
After dropping the first two games of the series, the Gamecocks needed to get something Saturday from the Gators. They got it by virtue of an 11-6 victory.
Senior Jay Brown kept a depleted Florida lineup off the board for the first six innings. Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan opted to sit many of his starters after the team clinched the SEC title Friday night.
Jackie Bradley Jr.'s grand slam in the sixth was the big blast in a six-run inning that put the Gamecocks ahead 8-0.
The victory should be beneficial when the new RPI is released. The Gamecocks are still hopeful of being a top-eight, national seed - meaning they'd host the regional and super regional rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
How they fare in Hoover, of course, will also factor into the tournament committee's decision.