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Gamecock Baseball Notebook

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The Gamecocks are 30-21 and 12-15 in the SEC

GCF Staff Report
May 15, 2017

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.

Record: 30-21
SEC: 12-15
Home: 21-11
Away: 9-8
Neutral: 0-2

Last Week: 3-2
5/9/17 – Presbyterian – W, 4-3
5/10/17 – Liberty – W, 10-7
5/12/17 – at Missouri – W, 4-3
5/13/17 – at Missouri – L, 5-3
5/14/17 – at Missouri – L, 5-3

South Carolina has only lost four games this year by four or more runs. South Carolina is 16-17 in games decided by three runs or less. 19 of South Carolina’s 27 SEC games have been decided by three runs or less this year. The Gamecocks are 6-13 in those contests.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 Colie Bowers earned the win in relief for Carolina in the 10-7 win over Liberty. Bowers allowed just one run on one hit in three innings with four walks and six strikeouts, tying a career-high. Bowers is 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 20 relief appearances with three saves. He has 36 strikeouts in 30.2 innings with opponents batting .146 against him.

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.

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

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.

5/16/17 – USC Upstate – 7 p.m.
5/18/17 – Georgia – 7 p.m.
5/19/17 – Georgia – 7 p.m.
5/20/17 – Georgia – 3 p.m. (SEC Network)

From USC Sports Information