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2018 SEC Baseball Tournament: South Carolina vs Arkansas Preview and How to Watch

The Gamecocks survived the first day in Hoover and advanced to face the Razorbacks


SEC Tournament Day 1 Recap

The first day of the SEC Tournament began on Tuesday with a game between #11 seed Texas A&M and #6 seed Vanderbilt. The game was interrupted by a rain delay, but the Aggies eventually won and sent the Commodores home. Texas A&M advanced to the double elimination portion of the bracket and will face #3 seed Georgia this morning in Game 5 at 10:30 a.m. (ET).

Game 2, between #7 Auburn and #10 Kentucky, further delayed the schedule after a comeback by Kentucky sent the game to extras. However, the Wildcats couldn’t quite get it done and were eliminated after Auburn hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning. The Tigers will face #2 Ole Miss in Game 6 today, which will take place approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 5.

In Game 3, which did not begin until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, #8 LSU faced #9 Mississippi State. After an exciting game, the Bulldogs were sent home, while the Tigers advanced. They will play #1 Florida in Game 7 today, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The #5 seed South Carolina and #12 seed Missouri played in a very late game that didn’t end until after 2:30 a.m. The Gamecocks emerged victorious and eliminated the Tigers. Carolina now moves on to face Arkansas in Game 8 tonight.

(All of today’s games can be viewed on SEC Network and the bracket and information on the schedule and matchups can be found online)

SEC Tournament Game 8 Preview: #5 South Carolina vs #4 Arkansas

The Gamecocks improved to 33-22 (17-13 SEC) with their opening round win in Hoover last night. The Razorbacks are 37-17 (18-12 SEC) and should be well-rested after not staying up all night to play in the first round of games. Arkansas and South Carolina faced each other back in mid-April, with the Gamecocks winning the opener but getting shut out in a doubleheader to lose the series.

USC vs Arkansas Stats

Stat South Carolina Arkansas
Stat South Carolina Arkansas
Batting Average 0.276 0.301
On-Base % 0.369 0.397
Slugging % 0.452 0.486
ERA 4.27 3.52
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio 2.1 2.84
Fielding % 0.982 0.972

*The stats are current through the beginning of the SEC Tournament and do not include any games in Hoover

This portion of the tournament is double elimination, so neither team will head home after tonight’s game. The loser will play in Game 10, an elimination game Thursday afternoon against the loser of Game 7 (#1 Florida vs #8 LSU). The winner will advance to Game 12, which is the late game Thursday night, and face the winner of Game 7.

When: Wednesday, approximately 30 minutes after the end of the 5:30 game

How to Watch: SEC Network

How to Listen: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network