FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Chad Holbrook didnt wait to get home before addressing South Carolinas offensive woes.
The Gamecocks coach gathered his players in the outfield and had a meeting Saturday night, shortly after they were held to five hits and suffered a 7-0 loss to close out a three-game SEC series against Arkansas at Baum Stadium.
South Carolina (26-5, 7-5) dropped two of three games in a series, and its offense was limited to three runs and 16 hits by Arkansas pitching.
Were in a funk offensively, Holbrook said. That goes without saying. Its magnified a little bit when you face arms like they have and when they threw the way they threw.
Weve got to go back to the drawing board offensively and get better. I came into the fall thinking were going to be a darn good offensive team, and weve shown flashes of it. Against better pitching, weve been overpowered.
Chris Oliver (3-3) was the latest pitcher to baffle South Carolinas batters. The junior right-hander scattered four hits over eight innings and struck out a career-high 10. The Gamecocks (26-5, 7-5) failed to get a runner past second base.
Meanwhile, Gamecock starter Wil Crowe suffered his shortest outing and his first loss of the season. Arkansas (20-12, 6-6) roughed up the freshman right-hander for five runs four earned in the second inning, all of them coming after two outs.
I had some good pitches and hit some good spots, Crowe said. But I didnt hit some good spots, and their batters hit some good pitches. Ive just got to come back next week and battle.
Crowe (6-1) issued three walks in the second after he had allowed six in his previous 46 innings of work. The third walk came on a 3-2 pitch to Andrew Benintendi with the bases loaded and forced in Arkansas first run.
The Razorbacks pulled away moments later when Joe Serrano blooped a two-run single into right, followed by a two-error sequence that allowed Benintendi to score from first. Brian Anderson then ended Crowes night when his RBI double to right-center field capped the five-run outburst.
The Gamecocks never bounced back.
I was more disappointed with the way we fought and the way we scrapped and clawed and tried to make something happen, Holbrook said. I give credit to their arms.
It was going to be hard to score if we fought our rears off. But I think we didnt fight hard enough, didnt compete hard enough. I think we conceded a little bit when we got down 5-0. We didnt fight to try to get back into the game.
South Carolina returns to action Tuesday against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville before it hosts Florida in a three-game SEC series next weekend.