Bullpen, deep roster puts South Carolina atop SEC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina coach Ray Tanner says his Gamecocks are leading the Southeastern Conference thanks to a solid bullpen and players willing to accept their roles even if it means longs stretches in the dugout.

South Carolina came into this season with a bullpen that struggled to hold leads and a batting lineup without a lot of experience.

With the regular season in its final month, the Gamecocks are 34-9 going into Wednesday's game with Winthrop. They have won all seven SEC series in 2010 and lead the league at 16-5.

South Carolina is ranked in the top six in two major college baseball polls. If the Gamecocks keep winning, they will likely get a national seed in the NCAA tournament and host all their postseason games leading up to the College World Series.

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