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Gamecocks Travel To Missouri This WeekendGamecock baseball
Gamecocks are 29-19 and 11-13 in the SEC
GCF Staff Report
May 11, 2017
No. 30 South Carolina at Missouri
Dates: Friday May 12/Saturday May 13/Sunday May 14
First Pitch: 7:30 p.m. ET/3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. ET
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Stadium: Taylor Stadium
Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Ben Arnet, Tim Jamieson and Beau Baehman)
Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina (29-19, 11-13 SEC) is back on the road with a three-game SEC series at Missouri (29-20, 9-15 SEC). The series begins on Friday night with first pitch at 7:30 p.m. ET. Game two of the series is set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday with the series concluding on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. All three games will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus and can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”
South Carolina is ranked No. 30 in the nation this week’s Collegiate Baseball Top 30 as well as No. 26 in this week’s NCAA RPI released on Monday.
South Carolina is 29-19 and 11-13 in the SEC. South Carolina has played 28 games this season against teams ranked in the Top 25, the second-highest total in the SEC with 12 wins vs. Top 25 teams on the year, the fourth-highest win total in the conference as well.
The Gamecocks have played 25 of 48 games this year vs. RPI Top 50 teams with 10 Top 50 RPI wins. The 10 RPI Top 50 wins ties for seventh-most among SEC schools. The Gamecocks are fourth in the SEC Eastern Division and tied for ninth in the league with six SEC games remaining.
South Carolina has only lost four games this year by four or more runs. South Carolina is 15-15 in games decided by three runs or less. 16 of South Carolina’s 24 SEC games have been decided by three runs or less this year. The Gamecocks are 5-11 in those contests.
The South Carolina pitching staff ranks seventh in the SEC in earned run average. The Gamecocks own a 3.64 team ERA with 205 runs allowed, 176 earned, on 376 hits in 435.0 innings pitched. The Gamecocks have struck out 447 batters to 182 walks. Opponents are batting .234 against the Gamecocks. South Carolina ranks fourth in the sEC in strikeouts and sixth in the SEC in opposing batting average.
South Carolina’s 3.76 ERA in SEC games is fourth in the conference as well. The Gamecocks have 195 strikeouts in 218.0 innings during conference play.
AT THE PLATE AND ON THE FIELD
South Carolina is hitting .266 (429-for-1613) for the season with a .350 on-base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks have 44 homers on the year. South Carolina has equaled or out-hit its opponent in 32 of 48 games this year.
South Carolina is fielding .976 for the season with 20 games without an error. South Carolina is 14-6 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 continues to be South Carolina’s top bat in SEC play. Cortes leads the Gamecocks in hitting in conference contests with a .324 average (24-for-74) with 12 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, six homers and 21 RBIs. Cortes was 2-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday’s 7-6 loss at LSU. For the season, Cortes is hitting .270 (34-for-126) with seven homers and 29 RBIs.
THE CROWE SHOW
Junior right-hander Wil Crowe had a no-decision in Friday’s 3-2 win at LSU. He allowed two runs on five hits in 4.1 innings with three walks. Crowe is 4-4 in 12 starts with a 3.59 ERA. He has 63 strikeouts to 25 walks in 72.2 innings with opponents batting .257 against him.
Crowe’s last win came in a 4-2 victory at Florida. Crowe allowed just one run on six hits in seven-plus innings of work with no walks and three strikeouts.
Sophomore infielder LT Tolbert leads the Gamecocks in hitting with a .313 average (51-for-163) with 22 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, three homers and 31 RBIs. Tolbert hit .333 (3-for-9) in the LSU series with three walks. He was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in Sunday’s 7-6 loss at LSU. Tolbert is batting .299 (26-for-87) in SEC play with 10 runs scored and 18 RBIs in league contests.
HILL ON THE MOUND
Sophomore right-hander Adam Hill suffered the loss in Saturday’s 5-2 loss at LSU. He allowed five runs on six hits in six innings with three walks and six strikeouts. For the season, Hill is 3-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 11 starts. He has struck out 68 in 60.2 innings pitched with opponents batting .203 against him. Hill is 3-2 in SEC play with a conference ERA of 3.32 for the year with 48 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched in league play. Conference opponents are batting .222 against him.
CATCHING UP WITH CULLEN
Sophomore catcher Chris Cullen is batting .276 (29-for-105) for the season with five homers, 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored. He is at a .377 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging mark. Cullen owns a .273 average (15-for-55) in league play.
Cullen had a key RBI single in the 4-2 win at Florida and added a two-run homer in the 7-5 loss vs. the Gators.
REAGAN FROM THE LEFT
Senior left-hander Josh Reagan was effective in relief in a pair of games at LSU. Reagan earned the win in relief in Friday’s 3-2 win at LSU with three scoreless innings of work with a pair of strikeouts. He followed that up with a solid 3.2 innings of relief in Sunday’s 7-6 loss allowing just one run on five hits.
For the season, Reagan leads the Gamecocks in wins with a 5-1 record and a 2.40 ERA in a team-high 22 appearances with two saves. He has struck out 39 in 45.0 innings with opponents batting .225 against him. Four of Reagan’s five wins have come in SEC play.
Sunday’s game at LSU marked senior right-hander Reed Scott’s 84th career appearance and ninth career start for the Gamecocks. It was his first start since April 21, 2015 at Furman and his second career start vs. a SEC opponent. Scott’s only other SEC start was vs. Georgia on March 28, 2015. Scott allowed four runs on seven hits in four-plus innings of work. Scott most recently appeared in Wednesday’s 10-7 win vs. Liberty. He struck out both batters he faced for his third save of the season.
Scott is 1-2 on the year with a 3.80 ERA in 20 relief appearances. He has 37 strikeouts in 42.2 innings with opponents batting .257 against him.
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 Jamie Poston 1997-00
85 Reed Scott 2014-17
81 Kip Bouknight 1998-01
80 Josh Reagan 2014-17
JOHNSON BRINGS THE HEAT
Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson earned his eighth save of the season in Friday’s 3-2 win at LSU. Johnson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief in the victory. Johnson is 0-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 14 relief appearances. He has 25 strikeouts in 17.2 innings with opponents batting .257 against him. Johnson now owns 17 career saves, 10th highest 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
17 Tyler Johnson 2015-Present
Junior outfielder/designated hitter Alex Destino has been productive at the plate in the last week. Over the last five games he is hitting .600 (6-for-10) with five runs scored, a pair of homers and five RBIs. He also has walked eight times and not struck out.
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 last Wednesday’s 9-5 win vs. Wofford.
He is batting .277 (44-for-159) for the season with a team-high eight homers and a team-high 32 RBIs as well. Destino owns a team-high 10 multi-RBI games as well.
OLSON PROVIDES A SPARK
Sophomore outfielder Jacob Olson registered his seventh assist from the outfield in the 7-6 loss at LSU. His top game last week was in the 9-5 win vs. Wofford when he went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Olson went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the 4-3 win over Presbyterian.
Olson is batting .306 (56-for-183) with 32 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, five homers and 23 RBIs with a .448 slugging percentage.
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.
TJ LEADS IT OFF
Sophomore outfielder TJ Hopkins hit .417 (5-for-12) in the LSU series with three runs scored, a double and a RBI. Hopkins is third on the team in hitting with a .284 average (44-for-155) with 33 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, four homers and 15 RBIs. His top game at LSU was in Sunday’s 7-6 loss as he went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and a double.
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.
Freshman first baseman Riley Hogan was South Carolina’s top hitter in the Kentucky series going 4-for-8 (.500) at the plate with a double and a run scored. Hogan followed that up with his first career homer and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Wednesday’s 9-5 victory over Wofford. Hogan is batting .262 (11-for-42) with five runs scored and four RBIs.
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.
JONAH WITH A JOLT
Junior third baseman Jonah Bride is fourth on the team in hitting with a .277 average (46-for-166)with 25 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, two homers and 22 RBIs. Bride is the only Gamecock this year to have started all 48 games this year.
Freshman right-hander Colby Lee earned the win in relief in the 9-5 victory vs. Wofford. He is 2-0 with a 5.56 ERA in 11 appearances. He has 19 strikeouts in 22.2 innings with opponents batting .238 against him.
STOKES HEATS UP
Junior infielder Madison Stokes drove in three runs in the LSU series including a key two-run single in the 3-2 win at LSU. Stokes went 2-for-3 in the 4-3 win vs. Presbyterian.
He is batting .228 (36-for-158) for the season with 18 runs scored, nine 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 .399 mark and owns a team-high 25 walks and has also been hit by six pitches.
THERE’S HUNTER TAYLOR
Junior catcher Hunter Taylor is hitting .225 (16-for-71) with seven runs scored and three RBIs as well as four doubles.
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 5.98 ERA in 10 appearances. He has struck out 14 batters in 18.1 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 38 games with 20 starts this season.
From USC Sports Information