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Thursday News and Notes: Gamecocks Lose to Auburn and More

First off: The Gamecocks exited the SEC Tournament with a 3-1 extra-inning loss to the Auburn Tigers. Congratulations to the Tigers, who avenged a home series loss earlier in the season. They pitched well and got some clutch hitting in the final inning. The Gamecocks, on the other hand, have completely lost the ability to get a clutch run. We had multiple golden chances to walk off in extra innings, once with bases loaded and two outs and another with a runner on second and no outs. Lots of credit goes to Auburn's pitching staff for getting out of those jams, but at the same time, you have to question our hitting when we can't buy a run against a starter with a 4.00+ ERA. This lineup needs to get it together or it's looking like another pre-Omaha exit in the post-season. I'd also now say a national seed is of the remotest possibility.

I'm still keeping the faith, though. If we can just wake up offensively, we could go somewhere in the postseason. The pitching is great; don't for one minute blame Matt Price for this loss, as he survived as long as he could and had to be frustrated at what was happening. If we can just start getting a few runs, the pitching will take us the rest of the way.

Some other bits of news:

Gamecocks in Shell's final five | GoGamecocks. Brandon Shell is one of--perhaps the--nation's top OL prospects, a true can't-miss LT talent. Word is that it will be a USC-Clemson battle for Shell. He's getting attention from many premier programs, but most think he will stay in-state. The Gamecocks appear to be in good position to make a strong run for him.

Brandon, if you're reading this, we need you. Have you seen our lines over the past few years? You're the missing piece, buddy.

Guzan One Of 23 Players Named To Final U.S. World Cup Roster - SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS.
South Carolina men's soccer alum Brad Guzan was one of 23 players named to the final roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup by U. S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley on Wednesday.

Campos, Cubas Bow Out of NCAA Singles Championship - SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS.
South Carolina seniors Pedro Campos and Diego Cubas dropped their first-round matches at the NCAA Singles Championship at Henry Feild Courts at the University of Georgia Wednesday.