Gamecocks head to Lexington for SEC series at Kentucky with videos
The Gamecocks and Wildcats start the three-game set Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
GCF Staff Report
April 04, 2018
South Carolina at Kentucky
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GAME INFODate: Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8First Pitch: 6:30/6/2 p.m.Location: Cliff Hagan Stadium, Lexington, Ky.Broadcast: SEC Network Plus (Fri.), SEC Network (Sat.), ESPNU (Sun.)Series: SC leads 51-39
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina baseball team starts a seven-game road trip this weekend, visiting Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky., for a three-game conference series with Kentucky. The series begins on Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. The set continues Saturday, weather permitting, at 6 p.m. and finishes up Sunday at 2 p.m.
Friday's game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus while Saturday's game is on SEC Network and Sunday's game on ESPNU. Mike Morgan and Chris Burke have the call for the final two games. Every game will be on the IMG Gamecock Radio Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call.
South Carolina is coming off an 11-3 loss to North Carolina at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, snapping a four-game winning streak.
Kentucky defeated Louisville, 8-5, on Tuesday night in Lexington. Troy Squires had two hits for the Wildcats while Tristan Pompey drove in three runs. The Wildcats lead the SEC with a .320 batting average and have 48 home runs as a team. Luke Heyer has a team-best .371 batting average and 11 home runs while Kole Cottam leads the team with 12 round trippers. On the mound, Sean Hjelle is 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 42 strikeouts. He will start for Kentucky on Friday night.
SERIES VS. KENTUCKY
South Carolina has a 51-39 series advantage on Kentucky heading into the weekend. The two teams played each other five times last year, including twice in the SEC Tournament in Hoover. TJ Hopkins' pinch-hit three-run home run in the seventh gave Carolina a 3-1 win over the Wildcats in the tournament, moving the Gamecocks to the semifinals. Adam Hill struck out six in six innings of work in that win. Kentucky holds a 24-16 lead on the Gamecocks in games played in Lexington.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
South Carolina Adam Hill (Jr. RHP) 3-2, 3.58 ERA, 32.2 IP, 16 BB, 53 SO
Kentucky Sean Hjelle (Jr. RHP) 4-2, 3.32 ERA, 43.1 IP, 9 BB, 42 SO
South Carolina Cody Morris (So. RHP) 5-2, 4.46 ERA, 36.1 IP, 14 BB, 36 SO
Kentucky Zach Haake (Jr. RHP) 1-1, 4.42 ERA, 19.2 IP, 15 BB, 20 SO
South Carolina Ridge Chapman (Jr. RHP) 1-3, 4.21 ERA, 25.2 IP, 19 BB, 19 SO
Kentucky Justin Lewis (Jr. RHP) 5-2, 5.49 ERA, 41.0 IP, 13 BB, 52 SO
SIX GAMECOCKS DOT OPENING DAY ROSTERS
South Carolina had six players on Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day (March 29), including Justin Smoak, who had two home runs and six RBI in Toronto's win over the New York Yankees on Sunday, April 1. Smoak and Steve Pearce are on Toronto's roster, joined by former Gamecocks Jackie Bradley Jr. (Boston), Sam Dyson (San Francisco), Whit Merrifield (Kansas City) and Jordan Montgomery (New York Yankees). Grayson Greiner (Detroit), Christian Walker (Arizona) and Tyler Webb (Milwaukee) are on their respective clubs' 40-man roster. There were 75 players from the SEC on Opening Day rosters.
BRIDE COMES UP BIG VS. UT
Senior Jonah Bride extended his hitting streak to seven games as the senior went 7-for-10 with five runs scored in the Tennessee series March 29-31. Bride was 3-for-3 with three runs scored in Thursday's win. He also had to play second base for the first time in his career on Saturday after an injury to Justin Row. On the year, Bride is hitting .337 with six doubles and 14 RBI and carries an eight-game hitting streak heading into the Kentucky series.
South Carolina earned its second sweep of the season and first in SEC play since March of 2017 in a three-game sweep of Tennessee. Carolina also swept Princeton on March 9-10 in a three-game series. The last three-game sweep in conference play was at Tennessee on March 17-19, 2017. South Carolina has now won 26 of the last 29 games against Tennessee and made it nine straight wins this past weekend. The Gamecocks hit .313 on the weekend and allowed just five earned runs in the three games.
From USC Sports Information