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April 8, 2014
Baseball Preview: Furman
NO. 5 SOUTH CAROLINA (26-5) at FURMAN (11-21)
When: 7 p.m.
What looked like a temporary aberration Tuesday became a full-fledged concern Sunday.
Against an 8-16 Appalachian State team, then-No. 2 South Carolina struggled mightily at the plate as the Gamecocks tallied just seven hits and needed ninth-inning heroics from Grayson Greiner to claim a 2-1 win on a night Greiner was supposed to have off after catching 32 innings over the weekend.
Facing an Arkansas pitching staff loaded with strong starters, the problem grew worse.
By a lot.
On Friday, the Gamecocks had no runs to show for seven innings of work until a 2-run eighth rewarded the hard work of Jordan Montgomery, Cody Mincey and Joel Seddon, who combined to allow four hits and one run in a 2-1 win.
It only got worse from there.
One run in Game 2 and no runs in Game 3 became not just a blip but a trend, and with a key SEC series against No. 15 Florida coming up the Gamecocks need to turn around an offense that isn't just stuck in reverse but appears to be pumping the gas. Fortunately, Furman is here to help with a mid-week breather as the Paladins come in having lost five in a row and eight of their last 10.
WHAT TO WATCH: The bats. All eyes will be on how South Carolina's offense responds after a miserable performance in four games last week in which the Gamecocks scored five total runs while going 2-2.
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