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White Soundoff: Series-opening win offers no guarantees

04/25/2014 11:43 PM

05/19/2014 9:07 PM

Don’t read too much into South Carolina’s victory on Friday night.

The opening game of the series in SEC play has not proven to be a reliable indicator this season of how things will go for the Gamecocks in the next two games.

USC lost the first games of its series against Ole Miss at home and Auburn on the road before bouncing back each time to win a pair and claim the series victory.

The Gamecocks won the first games of their series against Arkansas on the road and Florida at home before dropping the next two to lose both series.

Generally, the momentum of a Friday night victory can propel a team to grab one of the following two games. But the topsy-turvy nature of the conference has made things hard to predict.

USC coach Chad Holbrook has noted the past several weeks how tightly bunched the conference has stayed over the first six weeks of the schedule, with 10 teams within four games of the top entering this weekend.

Making a series even more difficult to foresee on a daily basis is the highly competitive makeup of nearly every game. Eleven of South Carolina’s 19 league games have been decided by either one or two runs, with three of those games going into extra innings. In another game that came down to the last at-bat, the Gamecocks needed a six-run ninth inning to pull out a 9-6 win Friday.

So while it’s always a good feeling to get that first win of the weekend, there are no guarantees that come with it.

Not this season.

About Neil White

Neil White is the South Carolina baseball beat writer for Follow Neil at @neilatthestate

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