Holbrook wants better pitching, defense next year


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Chad Holbrook is looking to fill slots on the pitching mound and in the infield as he tries to get the Gamecocks back to the College World Series.

Holbrook said Tuesday the Gamecocks didn't have confidence in more than a couple of relievers this past season and that will have to change for 2014. He's also moving around the infield with shortstop Joey Pankake leaving the spot he's held for the past two seasons.

The Gamecocks ended 43-20 and extended their streak of 40-win seasons to 14, the longest current stretch in the Southeastern Conference. Still, Holbrook believed his club had the makeup for a fourth straight trip to the CWS and was disappointed at losing the best-of-3 NCAA super regional series at North Carolina.

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