**Story by Kyle Heck/photo by Allen Sharpe**
Despite a strong run in the SEC Tournament, the South Carolina baseball team just missed out on the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks were left out of the postseason field for the second time in three years, bringing an end to a disappointing season that improved in Hoover, Alabama.
The Gamecocks went 3-2 at the SEC Tournament, notching wins over Vanderbilt, Missouri and Kentucky to improve their resume. However, they likely needed to win one more against LSU in the SEC semifinals to make sure they got into the postseason. Instead, the season is over.
Several upsets in conference tournaments around the country limited the amount of spots for bubble teams around the country, and the Gamecocks were hurt by that. They were one of the first four teams left out, according to the show broadcast on ESPN2.
South Caroline entered Monday with an RPI of 32 and the 10th best strength of schedule in the country. However, the Gamecocks lost their last eight SEC series of the regular season, and struggled against the top teams in the conference.
Head coach Chad Holbrook will hold a press conference at noon on Tuesday to wrap up the season. Stay tuned to Spurs & Feathers for more updates.