If the fact that South Carolina is the defending back-to-back national champions and the team won its most recent title by beating Florida in the College World Series last year isn't a good enough reason for you to tune into CSS Friday to see the No. 6 Gamecocks play the No. 1 Florida Gators, consider that Florida is on top of the college baseball world right now and reeling from just its second loss of the season on Thursday to the Gamecocks.
If you still aren't convinced to watch Friday's game at 7 p.m. ET on CSS between Florida and South Carolina, here are four more reasons:
1. Before Thursday's meeting, Florida hadn't lost in Southeastern Conference play and South Carolina hadn't won. That trend was flipped on its ear in a pitchers duel as the Gamecocks got into the SEC win column. Florida isn't going to sit back and watch South Carolina build up a head of steam in SEC play against the Gators.
2. Florida's starting pitcher on Friday is junior lefty Brian Johnson, who hasn't fared well against South Carolina. He pitched twice against the Gamecocks in 2011 taking a loss in Gainesville after going 5.1 innings and giving up seven runs, and then gave up three hits in just one inning of relief work against South Carolina in the College World Series.
3. The last time Florida lost this season, and the only other time prior to Thursday's tumble, the team rebounded behind the efforts of it's 3-4-5 hitters, Preston Tucker, Mike Zunino and Brian Johnson. The trio went 4-for-12 with two home runs and five runs batted in.
4. South Carolina scored nine runs Thursday against Florida, a feat it had only bested once before in 2012. Over their last five games the Gamecocks have scored 32 runs, which is the most of any five-game stretch this year. For a team that entered this series in last place in the SEC in runs scored, this is good news.