Gamecocks Host USC Upstate On Tuesday Night
Freshman RHP Cody Morris will start for the Gamecocks
GCF Staff Report
May 15, 2017
USC Upstate at No. 30 South Carolina
Date: Tuesday May 16
First Pitch: 7 p.m.
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Stadium: Founders Park
Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley and Trey Dyson)
Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina (30-21) returns home to close out the regular season with a four-game homestand beginning on Tuesday night vs. USC Upstate (22-29). The game will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus and can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”
For the second consecutive week, South Carolina is ranked No. 30 in the nation the Collegiate Baseball Top 30. The Gamecocks are also No. 30 in this week’s NCAA RPI released on Monday.
South Carolina is 30-21 and 12-15 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have played 25 of 51 games this year vs. RPI Top 50 teams with 10 Top 50 RPI wins. The 10 RPI Top 50 wins ties for eighth-most among SEC schools. The Gamecocks are fourth in the SEC Eastern Division and 10th in the league with three SEC games remaining.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
South Carolina - Cody Morris (Fr. RHP) 2-1, 3.34 ERA, 29.2 IP, 7 BB, 38 SO
USC Upstate Conner Campbell (Fr. RHP) 3-4, 4.23 ERA, 55.1 IP, 14 BB, 48 SO
South Carolina is 22-9 on the year when scoring first in a game and 23-6 when entering the seventh inning with a lead and 29-3 when entering the ninth inning with the lead.
The Gamecocks are 16-3 when scoring six or more runs and 26-11 when allowing five runs or less. South Carolina is 16-17 in games decided by three runs or less. South Carolina is 10-3 in five-plus run games.
The South Carolina pitching staff ranks seventh in the SEC in earned run average. The Gamecocks own a 3.70 team ERA with 218 runs allowed, 189 earned, on 397 hits in 460.0 innings pitched. The Gamecocks have struck out 477 batters to 193 walks. Opponents are batting .233 against the Gamecocks.
South Carolina ranks third in the SEC in strikeouts and fifth in opposing batting average. South Carolina’s 3.85 ERA in SEC games is third in the conference as well. The Gamecocks have 225 strikeouts in 243.0 innings during conference play.
AT THE PLATE AND ON THE FIELD
South Carolina is hitting .262 (449-for-1715) for the season with a .345 on-base percentage and a .400 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks have 47 homers on the year. South Carolina has equaled or out-hit its opponent in 34 of 51 games this year.
South Carolina is fielding .977 for the season with 22 games without an error. South Carolina is 15-7 when not committing an error. South Carolina ranks fifth in the SEC in fielding.
South Carolina is 22-9 on the year when scoring first in a game and 22-5 when entering the seventh inning with a lead and 28-3 when entering the ninth inning with the lead. The Gamecocks are 16-3 when scoring six or more runs and 27-9 when allowing five runs or less. South Carolina is 15-15 in games decided by three runs or less. South Carolina is 10-3 in five-plus run games.
CORTES IN A GROOVE
Freshman outfielder Carlos Cortes hit a solo homer in Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Missouri and also had a two-run homer in the 10-7 win over Liberty. Cortes is batting .261 (36-for-138) with 18 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, eight homers and 30 RBIs.
Seven of his eight homers have come in SEC play this year. Cortes is second on the team in hitting in conference play with a .302 average (26-for-86) in SEC contests with seven homers and 22 RBIs. In SEC play, he is tied for ninth in RBIs and tied for ninth in home runs.
THE CROWE SHOW
Junior right-hander Wil Crowe earned the win in Friday’s 4-3 victory at Missouri. Crowe allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings of work with two walks and nine strikeouts. His nine strikeouts vs. the Tigers tied a season-high.
Crowe is 5-4 on the year with a 3.50 ERA in 13 starts. He has allowed 40 runs, 31 earned, on 77 hits in 79.2 innings with 27 walks to 72 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .249 against him.
Sophomore infielder LT Tolbert is South Carolina’s leading hitter with a .314 average (55-for-175) with 24 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, three homers and 31 RBIs. Tolbert is tied for the team lead in multi-hit games with 18 on the year and is second on the team with nine multi-RBI games.
Tolbert is also South Carolina’s top hitter in conference play with a .303 average (30-for-99) in league play with 12 runs scored and 18 RBIs in league contests. Tolbert hit .333 (4-for-12) with a pair of runs scored in the Missouri series.
Tolbert is hitting .351 (13-for-37) in the last 10 games with six runs scored and three RBIs.
HILL ON THE MOUND
Sophomore right-hander Adam Hill allowed four runs on five hits in six innings of work with two walks and seven strikeouts in Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Missouri. For the season, Hill is 3-5 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts. He has struck out 75 batters to 33 walks in 66.2 innings pitched with opponents batting .204 against him.
Hill ranks ninth in the SEC in opposing batting average, tied for 13th in strikeouts and 14th in earned run average.
REAGAN FROM THE LEFT
Senior left-hander Josh Reagan made a pair of appearances in the Missouri series and leads the team with 24 appearances on the year. He is 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA and a pair of saves. Reagan has allowed 18 runs, 15 earned, on 40 hits in 48.0 innings with 18 walks to 43 strikeouts and opponents batting .233 against him. Reagan is now ninth in all-time appearances at Carolina with 82 in his career with the Garnet & Black.
Senior right-hander Reed Scott is now tied for seventh on the all-time list for career appearances at South Carolina. Scott has 86 appearances, tied with Jamie Poston (1997-2000). Scott allowed just two runs on four hits in five innings of work with a pair of walks and four strikeouts in the Sunday start for the Gamecocks. Scott is 1-2 with a 3.78 EAR in 21 appearances with three saves. He has 41 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched.
Top 10 Career Appearances in South Carolina History
110 Tyler Webb 2010-12
102 Matt Price 2009-12
94 Michael Roth 2009-12
88 Rob Mosser 1990-93
87 Aaron Rawl 2002-05
87 Jason Pomar 1996-99
86 Reed Scott 2014-17
86 Jamie Poston 1997-00
82 Josh Reagan 2014-17
81 Kip Bouknight 1998-01
JOHNSON BRINGS THE HEAT
Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson earned his ninth save of the year going 1.1 scoreless with a pair of strikeouts to earn a save in 4-3 win at Missouri. For the season, Johnson is 0-2 with a 3.20 ERA and nine saves in 19.2 innings pitched with 28 strikeouts. He now has 18 career saves, tied for ninth most in school history.
Top 10 Career Saves in South Carolina History
43 Matt Price 2009-12
30 Rob Mosser 1990-93
28 Brian Beatson 1987-90
22 Blake Taylor 2001-02
22 Lee Gronkiewicz 1999-01
20 Tyler Webb 2010-13
20 Chad Blackwell 2004
19 Jason Pomar 1996-99
18 Scott Barber 1998-00
18 Tyler Johnson 2015-Present
Junior outfielder/designated hitter Alex Destino set a school record with five walks and also scored a pair of runs in 10-7 win vs. Liberty. He tied a season-high in hits going 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over Presbyterian. He was South Carolina’s top hitter in the LSU series hitting .500 (3-for-6) with a pair of runs scored, a three-run homer in Sunday’s 7-6 loss and four RBIs. Destino also had a two-run homer in the 9-5 win vs. Wofford.
He is batting .260 (44-for-169) for the season with eight homers and a team-high 32 RBIs. Destino owns a team-high 10 multi-RBI games as well.
OLSON PROVIDES A SPARK
Sophomore outfielder Jacob Olson is on a six-game hitting streak and is second on the team in hitting with a .306 average (60-for-196) with 33 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, six homers and 26 RBIs. Olson was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Missouri and also homered in Saturday’s 5- loss at Missouri. He is tied for the team lead in multi-hit games as well with 18 on the year.
BOWERS BRINGS IT
Senior right-hander Colie Bowers is 4-1 on the year with three saves and a 2.05 ERA in 18 relief appearances. He has 36 strikeouts in 30.2 innings with opponents batting .146 against him.
Bowers earned the win in the 10-7 victory vs. Liberty allowing just one run on one hit in three innings and tied his career-high with six strikeouts.
JONAH WITH A JOLT
Junior infielder Jonah Bride hit .333 (4-for-12) in the Missouri series with a homer and four RBIs. Bride hit a game-winning two-run homer for the Gamecocks in the sixth inning of the 4-3 win over Missouri. He was 2-for-4 with two runs in the victory. For the season, Bride is hitting .281 (50-for-178) with 27 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, three homers and 26 RBIs. He is third on the team in hitting and is the only Gamecock to have started all 51 games this season.
TJ LEADS IT OFF
Sophomore outfielder TJ Hopkins is fourth on the team in hitting with a .265 average (44-for-155) with 34 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, four homers and 15 RBIs.
Freshman first baseman Riley Hogan hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high four runs in the 10-7 win over Liberty and had a pair of doubles in the 5-3 win at Missouri on Friday night. Hogan is batting .264 (14-for-53) with five doubles, two homers and eight RBIs on the year.
THERE’S HUNTER TAYLOR
Junior catcher Hunter Taylor had a key two-run double in the 4-3 win at Missouri. Taylor has played in 29 games with 20 starts and is hitting .228 (18-for-79) with eight runs scored and five doubles.
ROSS IS THE BOSS
Senior first baseman Ross Grosvenor made his first two career starts in the Kentucky series and came through at the plate going 3-for-8 (.375) with his first career homer as well as three RBIs. Grosvenor drove in a run in all three games with a RBI double on Friday, a RBI single in the 5-1 win and the homer in Sunday’s game. Grosvenor then followed that up with a solo homer in a 9-5 win vs. Wofford.
Junior catcher John Jones made a pair of starts behind the plate last week vs. Kentucky and hit a two-run homer in Sunday’s 9-4 loss to Kentucky.
Freshman right-hander Colby Lee is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in nine appearances. He has 14 strikeouts in 16.0 innings with opponents batting .217 against him.
Junior infielder Madison Stokes is batting .224 (37-for-165) for the season with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, three homers and 17 RBIs on the year.
ON BASE WITH WILLIAMS
Junior first baseman Matt Williams leads South Carolina in on-base percentage with a .394 mark and owns 25 walks and has also been hit by six pitches.
ROW WITH IT
Junior infielder Justin Row hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as Carolina defeated Alabama 6-5.
THE MORRIS CODE
Freshman right-hander Cody Morris is 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA in eight starts. He has 38 strikeouts to seven walks in 29.2 innings with opponents batting .223 against him. Morris tied a career-high with eight strikeouts and allowed just two runs on one hit in four innings in the 9-5 win over Wofford.
PARKE PROVIDES RELIEF
Junior left-hander John Parke earned the win in relief in the 4-3 victory vs. Presbyterian. Parke worked a career-high 4.1 innings and allowed just one run on two hits wiht no walks and four strikeouts. He is 2-1 with a save and a 5.75 ERA in 11 appearances. He has struck out 15 batters in 18.2 innings.
Sophomore outfielder Danny Blair hit his first career homer and drove in a career-high three runs in the 10-7 win vs. Liberty. Blair has played in 40 games with 20 starts this season.
From USC Sports Information