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  1. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASEBALL NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.—If Tuesday's performance in South Carolina's inaugural game at SRP Park is any indication, the Gamecocks may want to schedule more neutral site games there moving forward. South Carolina's offense came alive in Tuesday's midweek game, cruising to an easy 10-3 victory. he Gamecocks (24-17, 5-13 SEC) are now 19-4 in non-conference games and 9-2 in midweek games. They haven't lost one since March 26 against NC A&T, a stretch of four midweek games. Also see: Latest scoop on a few big-time prospects After putting up just eight runs on 15 hits in 23 innings against Texas A&M, the Gamecocks scratched across two more runs and had almost as many hits (12) in nine innings Tuesday night. Seven of the team's nine position players picked up at least one hit with four—Noah Campbell, Luke Berryhill, Andrew Eyster and Brady Allen—each having multi-hit days. Of the Gamecocks' 12 hits, five went for extra bases. After putting up two runs in the first inning off a Noah Campbell solo shot and Jacob Olson RBI single, they'd tag the Bucs for six runs in the second inning, headlined by a Luke Berryhill three-run shot and back-to-back triples from Brady Allen and Josiah Sightler. Campbell finished his day tying his career-high with three hits, including blasting his fifth homer of the year and first in 14 games. Also see: Electric running back discusses upcoming visit Berryhill’s homer was his 10th of the year, putting him just two behind Olson's team-best 12 bombs, and it extended his hitting streak to eight games and pushes his on-base streak to 20 straight games. Sightler, making his first start since opening weekend (Feb. 17), picked up his first career hit, tripling off the wall in left field, and finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Allen had arguably his best night in a while, going 2-for-3 with two triples, becoming the first Gamecock since Lonnie Chisenhall in 2007 to have two triples in a game. Daniel Lloyd got his team off to a good start, pitching maybe the best he has this season, striking out seven over 3.2 innings and scattering just four hits. He'd give up three runs, only one earned, with two runs coming off an Olson throwing error as part of a three-run fourth for Charleston Southern. The Gamecock bullpen did its job after that, not allowing a run in 4.1 one-hit innings and striking out seven. Sawyer Bridges had arguably his best night out of the bullpen, going 2.1 scoreless innings and striking out four of the nine batters he faced. Also see: Live updates from SRP Park Tuesday Player of the game: After scuffling some last week, Noah Campbell went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. He also hit his first home run since March 29. Key moment: After Lloyd left the game, Dylan Harley walked the bases loaded with two outs and Sawyer Bridges came in to clean up the mess. He did, getting a fly out to center to end the threat. Up next: South Carolina hits the road again for their third away SEC series of the month, going to Missouri for a three-game series starting Friday. First pitch then is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
  2. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASEBALL South Carolina lost another series this weekend, dropping a vital rubber match to Texas A&M to drop their sixth-straight series and, like most of the weekends before this one, leave looking for answers on how to get this season on track with time running out. The Gamecock coaching staff has been trying anything and everything to remedy an inconsistent offense and manage a young pitching staff, and at this point in the year they’re running out of different things to test. “We’ve tried a lot of different things. We haven’t played every card but we’ll continue to explore what we can do with this roster,” Mark Kingston said. “If there’s other things we think that can spark us we’ll look at it. For the most part, we’ve tried just about everything. It’s just a matter of working to get guys better.” Also see: What kind of player are the Gamecocks getting in Michael Wyman? Through 40 games, they’re hitting .236/.337/.439 with a team ERA of 4.66 and a .251 batting average against. The Gamecocks are fielding .974 as a team this season and .975 in 18 SEC games. The struggle, though, has come in conference play with the offense struggling for any consistency through the first six series. They’re hitting .192/.289/.336 while pitchers have a team ERA of 5.43 ERA. It’s been marginally better over the last seven overall games, six of those in the SEC, with the offense averaging four runs per game while slashing .205/.312/.371 while the pitching staff has a 5.31 ERA and a WHIP of 1.543 over the same stretch. Kingston said they’ve exhausted almost every option they can—continuing to hit off the famous pitching machines that helped turn last year around, shuffling the lineup and rotation and plenty else—but nothing’s sticking as well and as long as they want. He said after Saturday’s 14-inning doubleheader split, where the Gamecocks put up six total runs on eight hits, he’ll get with his staff before this week’s games and see if there’s anything other cards up their sleeves with 15 games left. “There’s not an area I’m happy with in terms of being up to snuff right now,” Kingston said. “Our pitching needs to be better, our defense has improved probably as much as anything over the course of the year, and our offense isn’t what it needs to be. Every area of the game this team needs to be better in.” Also see: Gamecock JUCO commit has "all the tools" to play in the SEC The Gamecocks (23-17, 5-13 SEC) find themselves in an interesting position with just 12 league games left to play, sitting near the bottom of the conference’s standings, just a game up on Kentucky and Alabama entering Sunday. Part of that is injuries taking their toll—their top two pitchers in Carmen Mlodzinski and Logan Chapman are out for extended periods of time—and some of it is a horde of young players going through growing pains in SEC play this year. But young or not, players are still expected to produce, and there’s a belief among the players if they change their hitting approach things can change for this team. “Any one can drive it out of here at any moment but it’s mostly trying to focus on base hits and let the home runs come if they do,” Luke Berryhill said. “Other teams are just slapping the ball around if they don’t get their right pitch. I think we need to do a little more of that and be able to settle for singles sometimes. We just have to have a better approach and it’ll start rolling for us.” Also see: Four star defensive line target loves the Gamecocks There are signs of some progress offensively with the Gamecocks succeeding in cutting down on their strikeouts in recent games—only averaging 6.8 over their last seven games—but it’s still not where the Gamecocks want it to be. It’s not for lack of trying, which is probably the most frustrating part for this year’s team and coaches. “I’ll say that about the entire team right now,” Kingston said. “They’re giving us everything they have right now. We just have to get better.”
  3. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASEBALL South Carolina is still without one of it’s best frontline pitchers this season with Carmen Mlodzinski going on week seven coming off a broken foot. The Gamecocks Friday night starter entering the season has been out since the beginning of March after breaking his foot against Clemson and, once healthy, Mark Kingston said the team would likely use him and not look to apply for a medical redshirt. FULL STORY: https://southcarolina.rivals.com/news/gamecocks-not-exploring-medical-redshirt-for-mlodzinski
  4. In the bottom of the seventh against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, Greiner worked the count to 2-2 and then launched a fastball 367 feet. It wasn’t enough to rally his team in a 7-3 loss.
  5. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASEBALL One of the bigger decisions in the college baseball world gets put to a vote this week with the powers that be in the sport voting on whether or not to add a paid third assistant to a team’s coaching staff. It’s something that’s been building steam over the last few years in the sport with more programs wanting to make the team’s volunteer assistant a paid full-time employee but some people and some conferences have objections to it. One of those persons is not Mark Kingston, who went to bat for it Wednesday and defended his stance on why he thinks it should be added to college baseball. Read Full Story: https://southcarolina.rivals.com/news/kingston-calls-third-assistant-proposal-a-no-brainer-
  6. By JOHN WHITTLE Launch angle and exit velocity on a bunt doesn’t matter, but the South Carolina baseball team may see those measurements on their TrackMan a little more often than planned the rest of the way this season. The Gamecocks (20-13) got off to a flying start with extra base hits and slugging percentage this season and still lead the Southeastern Conference in home runs. League play, however, hasn’t been kind to the team offensively. (CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE)
  7. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASEBALL Sawyer Bridges had a simple message after giving up the game winning hits two weeks ago in a vital rubber match against Tennessee. The junior promised after the game that it’s “not going to happen again” and he’s going to regain the trust of his teammates, the same trust he built up last season as one of the better closers in the country down the stretch before battling early-season struggles and injuries this year. Tuesday night he took the first step towards doing that..” (CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE)
  8. Cockyandproud

    Official 2019 Atlanta Braves Thread

    Today marks the beginning of a new season. I was thrilled with what the Braves accomplished last year, but don’t think they upgraded like the Phillies did in the offseason, and don’t know if they can keep up. Hopefully, they can hang close until the trade deadline, and then acquire some talent for a playoff run.
  9. By John Whittle / 247SPORTS When second-year South Carolina baseball head coach Mark Kingston was hired, the talk surrounded launch angles and analytics. The new-age baseball isn’t going away but two tried-and-true factors of winning in the sport were back at the forefront after the team’s win on Saturday against Alabama. The Gamecocks (19-13, 3-9) have struggled at the start of Southeastern Conference play for a variety of reasons. In the series finale against the Crimson Tide, a 5-4 win in 12 innings, Kingston managed the game a bit differently than he had in recent weeks. And apart from more action on the base paths and a reintroduction of some shifts on the infield, Kingston brought to light the pitching and defense approach that has been a staple of the Gamecocks’ program through its best years. “We need to build this program on pitching and defense,” Kingston said. “Today is an example that however you hit, you can still win a game.” After scoring four runs in the first two innings on Saturday, the Gamecocks didn’t get a hit after the fourth. The winning run came on a walk to senior TJ Hopkins, a stolen base and advancing two more bases on wild pitches. In that game, the Gamecocks were aggressive on the base paths notching three stolen bases in four attempts. Kingston also put on several hit-and-run attempts - whenever he had base runners - to try to influence the action. “He told us in like the second inning that scared money don’t make money, which is true,” Hopkins said. “I like running, and there are a few other guys who like to run. We can do that from time to time and if it works, it works, and that’s all that matters.” Coming out of the weekend, the Gamecocks are 12th in the SEC in stolen bases with 31. The two teams tied for last in the league - Texas A&M and Florida - both have 30. The Gamecocks have attempted 40 stolen bases, which is two more than last-placed Texas A&M. “We have to try to find ways to spark this offense,” Kingston said. “We’re not going to sit there and be boring and score no runs. If we’re going to go down, we’re going to go down trying to make things happen.” The Gamecocks weren’t able to produce much offensively against the Crimson Tide, a team that is fifth in the SEC in earned run average. Alabama, winners of two of three on the weekend, also have the second-best fielding percentage in the league. Pitching and defense won the series for the Crimson Tide. Pitching, defense and aggressiveness on the bases helped the Gamecocks win the series finale. Analytics and launch angle was the talk of the South Carolina baseball program upon Kingston’s hire and will always play a key role in the program. But pitching and defense seem to be the building blocks of the program going forward.
  10. THE DAILY CROW | Gamecocks face Crimson Tide in “must-win” SEC series April 04, 2019 Chris breaks down this weekend’s series against Alabama as South Carolina looks to win their first SEC series of 2019.
  11. Another rotation shuffle as South Carolina looks to overcome slow SEC start March 28, 2019 Starting pitchers (Friday): USC — Fr. RHP Daniel Lloyd (2-1, 4.32 ERA); Auburn — So. RHP Tanner Burns (3-0, 1.41 ERA) Starting pitchers (Saturday): USC — Jr. RHP Reid Morgan (2-0, 2.56 ERA); Auburn — Fr. LHP Brooks Fuller (1-0, 1.62 ERA) Starting pitchers (Sunday): USC — TBA; Auburn — TBA Been here before: For the second year in a row, South Carolina is off to a 1-5 start in the SEC. Last season, that worked out fine, with the Gamecocks surging to a 17-13 conference mark and berth in the NCAA Super Regionals, but coach Mark Kingston doesn’t want his players complacent with that record. “You say it (about last year), you don’t talk about it too much because you don’t want to get into the habit of thinking a 1-5 start is OK,” Kingston said. “You make sure they know it in a way that they know they can bounce back, but you also don’t want them to think it’s OK either.” Another Friday freshman: Kingston and pitching coach Skylar Meade are shuffling their weekend rotation once again, switching freshman Daniel Lloyd in for freshman Wesley Sweatt as the starter on Friday night. “The stats are very clear that Wesley was in the ones in his ERA out of the bullpen, and as a starter not so much. Some decisions are pretty easy to make,” Kingston said of the move. “Danny has done enough now in his smaller roles and he did fine on the Tuesday night that he started that he gets a shot and we’ll see how he does.” The Gamecocks’ pitching depth has been ravaged by injuries this season, and at this point, Kingston is sticking with his decision to keep his best starter, junior Reid Morgan, on Saturday to theoretically give his bullpen a day of rest between games it will likely be heavily leaned upon. Cutting down on Ks: When it comes to home runs, no Power 5 team in the country hits more long balls than South Carolina, which also ranks 15th nationally in slugging percentage. But Kingston is well aware that those power numbers had led to relatively few runs, especially as of late. Hitting better with runners in scoring position and cutting down on strikeouts — USC has struck out more than any other team in the SEC — were the main points of emphasis this past week. “We’re working on it mentally, physically and mechanically. It’s very clear to everybody in this building that is what needs to change and improve,” Kingston said of his team’s strikeout issues. It’s not one single issue that’s been leading to the Gamecocks’ 250 strikeouts in 25 games, a pace that would smash the program record. “Some guys need to do a better job of shortening their swings with two strikes and getting team at-bats, some guys need to stop swinging at balls out of the strike zone, some guys need to be more aggressive on balls away from them. It’s a variety of things,” Kingston said. Things won’t be easy against an Auburn staff full of power arms, Kingston acknowledged, especially against Tigers ace Tanner Burns, who already had a 15-strikeout performance to his name this season.
  12. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASEBALL Heading into the second weekend of SEC play, the Gamecocks are sticking with some familiar faces in the weekend rotation against Tennessee. Mark Kingston said South Carolina will stick with the same weekend rotation with Wes Sweatt and Reid Morgan starting the first two games with Sunday’s pitcher still to be announced. The Gamecocks (15-6, 0-3 SEC) have started two separate pitchers since moving Morgan, the previous Sunday starter to Saturday with Brett Kerry (2-1, 2.89 ERA) starting two weeks ago and TJ Shook the most recent starter last weekend against Georgia. Also see: Scoop on the offensive depth chart Shook (2-0, 2.16 ERA) looked good in his start, pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and carrying a no-hitter into the fourth inning, striking out six in four shutout innings. “He did well last week so he’ll be an option as well,” Kingston said, “but we’re going into it with the same format as last week.” Kingston said last week entering conference play he likes having Morgan pitch on Saturday since he usually goes deep into games and gives bullpen pitchers a chance to rest between outings on Friday and Sunday. They’ll face a Tennessee lineup slashing .277/.402/.446 and averaging 6.6 runs per game. “They’re very scrappy but have guys that can drive the ball,” Kingston said. “It’s a much better team than what they had last year; they’re all a year older, they’ve added some nice pieces and guys have gotten better. It’s a complete team.” Also see: What Bryan McClendon said about the Gamecock offense The good news for the Gamecocks offensively is they’ll get Noah Campbell back to almost full capacity against the Vols. Campbell had missed the last two games with a shoulder injury but started Tuesday as the designated hitter, going 0-for-3 with an RBI against Furman. He’s still not ready for the field right now coming off that injury, but should be used in the same capacity he was against the Paladins. Kingston said the team is also monitoring closer Sawyer Bridges and how his arm feels heading into this weekend. Bridges, who gave up the go-ahead home run Sunday against Georgia, pitched Tuesday night and struck out the only batter he faced. “Noah, in terms of hitting, I think is 100 percent. In terms of playing defense he’s not there yet. You’ll probably see similar what you saw last night (Tuesday),” Kingston said. “Sawyer, it’s just a weird thing with him. Sometimes his arm feels good and sometimes it doesn’t. He’s healthy for the most part but sometimes there’s life in the arm and sometimes there’s not. We’re going to try and figure out which days and how to use him.” Also see: Team scoop from spring ball Ridge Chapman and Carmen Mlodzinski are still out for about a month rehabbing from different injuries. Chapman is dealing with a forearm strain and the team is hopeful he’ll be able to return this season. Mlodzinski fractured his foot against Clemson three weeks ago and is still about a month out from his full return. Since it was a foot injury, he’s been able to throw. “Ridge, we’re hopefully we’ll get him back at some point, probably no sooner than four weeks if we do,” Kingston said. “Carmen is probably in that four to five week range. He’s healing very well at this point, quickly, and he’s keeping his arm in shape.”
  13. ATHENS-----Eighth-ranked Georgia, riding a six-game winning streak, opens Southeastern Conference action at No. 22 South Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. The entire series will be available on SEC Network+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network. The Bulldogs (15-2) have won the last five series with the Gamecocks (14-3), going 11-4 in that stretch under Ike Cousins head coach Scott Stricklin. The 2019 matchup will mark the first time in the past six seasons that Georgia is ranked at the time of the series. In Stricklin's first two years at Georgia, South Carolina was ranked No. 7 when the teams met, then the Gamecocks were No. 2 in 2016, No. 30 in 2017 and neither team was in the top 30 last season. Overall, the Gamecocks own a 65-60 edge in the series history. The Bulldogs swept the Gamecocks last year in Athens. Earlier this week, Georgia defeated Ga. State 6-3 in Atlanta while USC edged The Citadel 10-9 in Charleston. The Gamecock have won their last four games and are ranked as high as No. 18 (Collegiate Baseball).They are No. 22 in D1Baseball.com's top 25 with Georgia checking in at No. 8. Georgia's pitching staff has a 2.46 ERA, and the starters have been exceptional. Bulldog starters have combined to go 13-1 with a 1.79 ERA, and the loss came 1-0 on an unearned run versus LIU Brooklyn on Feb. 26. The Bulldogs are batting .308 with 21 home runs, a .435 on base percentage, a .498 slugging percentage and are fielding .976. Bulldog sophomore RHP Emerson Hancock ranks among the national leaders with a 4-0 mark and a 0.38 ERA. He has allowed one run in 24 innings with six walks and 25 strikeouts. He will start Friday's SEC opener. Sophomore LHP/OF C.J. Smith(2-0, 0.00 ERA) goes in game two as he's pitched 13 scoreless innings this season with 14 strikeouts. Junior RHP Tony Locey (3-0, 2.45 ERA), who will start game three, is coming off his best career start, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball with nine strikeouts. In 22 innings, Locey has 32 strikeouts and opponents are hitting just .114 against him. Offensively, Georgia senior preseason All-SEC second baseman LJ Talley(.450-4-15) ranks among the SEC leaders in batting plus owns a .717 slugging percentage and a .547 on base percentage. He has been perfect in the field in 61 chances. He begins SEC play with a career-high 10-game hitting streak. Meanwhile preseason All-America third baseman/closer Aaron Schunk is 6-for-6 in save opportunities. He has not allowed a run in seven appearances, spanning 6.2 innings with no walks and six strikeouts. He has started all 17 games at third base and batted .333-4-14. Game times for the series are 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS: GEORGIA @ USC G18 #17 Emerson Hancock, RHP, So. (4-0, 0.38) vs. #40 Wesley Sweatt, RHP, Fr. (1-0, 1.69) G19 #5 C.J. Smith, LHP, So. (2-0, 0.00) vs. #20 Reid Morgan, RHP, Jr. (2-0, 1.84) G20 #25 Tony Locey, RHP, Jr. (3-0, 2.45) vs. TBA
  14. Senior Rooster

    YardCocks SEC Play

    The good and bad of South Carolina baseball as Gamecocks begin SEC play By David Cloninger dcloninger@postandcourier.com COLUMBIA — A game they led 7-0 after two innings and 9-1 after their half of the sixth was won by a final score of 10- But it was won. Last year, maybe that game isn’t. And as much as the No. 20 South Carolina baseball team has some significant issues to address as it begins SEC play this weekend, the resolve of the ballclub (and a lineup that’s second in the country in hitting home runs) is what the Gamecocks are counting on. “I’m kind of glad that we’ve had two comeback wins,” senior slugger T.J. Hopkins said after the Gamecocks swept Valparaiso last weekend. “I think it does us good that we had to come back in a hard game where we could have easily gave up and we came back and won the game, and I feel like that’s going to prepare us well for the next 10 weekends.” USC nearly gave The Citadel the game Tuesday at Riley Park, but eked out the one-run victory after leading by eight runs. The Gamecocks, who host No. 15 Georgia in a three-game series beginning Friday, are 14-3 this season, two wins ahead of where they were last year at this time. USC has a series win over Clemson and thus far has mostly avoided the midweek losses that plagued the team last season. Where do they truly stand as they enter SEC play, where the competition will be drastically improved from what they’ve seen? Six of their 10 league opponents are ranked in the Top 25. Overall, the SEC has 10 teams in the Baseball America poll. Calling for arms USC pitchers Graham Lawson, Julian Bosnic and Logan Chapman were lost for the season before it started. Ridge Chapman (forearm strain) may be back in a month. Carmen Mlodzinski fractured his foot stepping off the mound at Clemson and won’t be back for at least five weeks, and closer Sawyer Bridges has been sporadic in appearances and production. The Gamecocks currently have 12 pitchers they can lean on, 13 if Bridges is 100 percent and 14 if freshman Josiah Sightler, who is listed as an infielder and pitcher, is ever summoned (he has yet to even warm up as a pitcher this season). “I didn’t think our pitchers competed very well in the middle of the game, but I thought Gage Hinson picked us up in the end and that was real important,” coach Mark Kingston said after Tuesday’s game. Asked why Hinson got the call, he answered, “Well, because everybody else was getting lit up.” Outside of the emergence of Reid Morgan, who is 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 29⅓ innings, the Gamecocks are still experimenting with all of their pitching roles. Nobody but Morgan has laid claim to a definite role for the final three-quarters of the season. “I want to see them throw more strikes, I want to see them get more outs, Period, ” Kingston said. Long ball The Gamecocks lead the SEC with 32 home runs. Jacob Olson has seven, Hopkins six and Luke Berryhill five. They’re 12th in team batting average and while they’ve been good at stealing bases (10 of 14), they haven’t tried to a lot. USC and LSU (16) are the only two teams in the league with less than 20 attempts. Defense USC’s fielding percentage is .973 with 17 errors, but the Gamecocks have stabilized a bit since George Callil replaced Nick Neville at shortstop. Berryhill has become the team’s primary catcher while Chris Cullen has shifted to first base. Berryhill has had his problems with errant throws, but he’s also caught a few runners. The Gamecocks’ biggest problem has been free bases. Opponents have swiped 11 bases in 14 tries. USC pitchers have combined for 20 wild pitches and eight hit batters. The memory Struggling with injuries and a lot of early defeats, USC was 20-17 last year after a loss to Presbyterian. Yet they turned it around and fell one victory short of a College World Series berth. This season, a healthy lineup and strong leadership has produced a solid club after 17 games. There are 38 to go, 30 in the country’s best baseball conference. “The biggest thing with this team is the amount of heart we have, the belief that’s in the dugout,” Olson said. “I think that’s the reason why these comebacks have happened and why you see so much fight in the dugout.”
  15. Senior Rooster

    What Kingston has learned

    What Coach Kingston has learned about Team. https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/Article/South-Carolina-baseball-What-Mark-Kingston-learned-entering-SEC-play-129947420/?utm_source=247Sports Newsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=190311_172134_South Carolina Gamecocks&utm_content=Link&liveconnect=66-78-2F-64-42-DE-5F-D7-C2-BB-4C-13-47-8F-2D-25190311_172134SouthCarolinaGamecocks
  16. The day I was born my dad left to play in a softball tournament. The weekend I was sent home, I was in the stands. I played all through little league and through school. I've won divisions, conferences, districts, states, and even had a walk off my final at bat at home my senior year. Most of my life has been spent on, around, or watching Baseball. I say that, to say this ... I believe Coach Kingston will force the University to expand the trophy case behind center field at Carolina Stadium (don't you dare try to tell me it's got a new name either) before he retires from Baseball. I remember during the Women's Basketball game against Kentucky a few years ago, sitting in Coach Tanner's suite and turning to Coach and saying, "How could you let Monte Lee go to Clemson?" I was trying to be polite and not call out Coach Holbrook, knowing he was hand selected, but was also trying to pry a little. Of course he didn't give me any juicy details but just said, "It was a chance of a lifetime for him." (or an offer he couldn't turn down. Something like that). Fast forward a few years, I really expected Coach Holbrook to get one more season, I wasn't a big fan of his, but just didn't see getting let go happening just yet (I thought 1 more year). Coach Tanner surprised us all, gave him the boot and made a hire that made most, if not all, Carolina fans scratch their heads. After some research it started to look like this wasn't that bad of a hire. Young guy that's made some stops at some major programs at peak points in those programs past. I'm ok with this experience. I'm a firm believer in "looks". Under Coach Holbrook, we didn't "look" like an SEC caliber Baseball team. We had a lot of undersized guys that, in the new bat era, just couldn't produce enough at the plate. The moment Coach Kingston stepped behind the mic to be introduced as the new head coach I said, "Damn, he looks like a ball player." Some people are athletes and can play anything you put them on the field for. Some people just "look" like they were born to be Baseball players/coaches, and Coach Kingston is the exact definition. You put a ball cap on him, and it's like it was invented to be on someone's head like his. Now, you look at the guys we have in our lineup. We have guys that "look" like ball players again. Even our smaller guys, have size to them. Not including pitchers, we have 5 guys on the entire roster that are under 6 foot, and 2 of those are 5'11". If I didn't just look it up, I would have never guess Ian Jenkins was sub 6 foot after seeing him last night. Dude looks like a middle linebacker as we speak. We finally "look" like a damn Baseball team again. It's still early on in his tenure at South Carolina, but you can start to see the type of team(s) he's going to put on the field. He's going to have guys on the mound that are going to pound the strike zone. He's recruiting top tier guys that can not just do that, but are going to have some really good pitches and velocity. Coach Meade I've really been impressed with as well. That's one that I hope we can hold on to. There's going to be games that pounding the strike zone is going to give up hits and runs, and that's why he's building this Offense. Them bringing the bats back a bit is perfect timing for all of this to come together too. Coach Kingston teaching controlled aggression at the plate. We're not seeing guys going up swinging for the fences the first and every pitch of the ball game anymore. We have guys that are waiting on good pitches, no matter when they come in the at bat, and jumping on them with clean and powerful swings. We're not going to get cheated on a lot of our hacks at the plate. Before last season everyone asked, "What's your expectations for this season?" My response was simple, I wanted to see good Baseball again. You don't have to win every game, but if you're playing good Baseball you're giving yourself a chance to win. I believe I heard that we finished the season with the highest fielding percentage in a couple of decades? If true, that's saying something since a number of Coach Tanner's teams lead the SEC and even the country in fielding percentage. I was as happy as everybody to reach the post season, and then to make a Super was just icing on the cake. For me, year 1 was a success and then some. Before this season the same question came up. I felt a post season birth and making a little noise would be a great bar to reach for, but last year when we lost, we just got throttled. When we played bad, we played BAD. Record and outcome, I would be ok if they were similar if we could be more consistent in the "off" games. I still post season and see what happens is a realistic expectation for the season. We've looked great so far, but if we're going to continue winning through the SEC the starting pitching and Sawyer Bridges (if he's going to remain the closer) is going to have to get better. Way too many walks that have come back to haunt us. Just a glance at the schedule and not knowing what exactly everyone is going to have this season, it looks like most of our toughest opponents are at home, which will help tremendously. We start with Georgia at home and also have Auburn, aTm, Vandy, and Kentucky. On the road we have Tenn, Bama, Florida, Mizzou, and Miss St. Florida and Miss St on the road is going to be tough, but the others, I wouldn't trade out for a home series. We have 43 games left on the schedule with 10 mid week games (including tonight against Gardner-Webb), and we're sitting at 10 wins already. If we at worst split the midweek games (looking at them I don't see that happen, but still) that puts us at 15 wins, and if we go .500 in conference (I don't see that happening either) that would be another 15 wins which one put us at 30 (which is where you need to be for people to believe your ball team is pretty good). That's also not including the Valpo series this weekend that we should take the series or any post season games. We won 32 during the regular season last year, and then 5 more in the post season for a total of 37. This team is every bit capable of matching and then some to that record if they continue playing the way they are. I'm still not raising the bar to 40 wins and an Omaha visit ... BUT ... I would not be surprised if they really flirted with those goals. When we all turn gray(er) and look back at things, I think we'll look at the Coach Kingston hire as being one of the best things Coach Tanner did for this University, it's sports programs, and the fans.
  17. South Carolina baseball gets new video board for 2019 December 14, 2018 The best college baseball stadium in America is getting better. The University of South Carolina has contracted with Daktronics, a world leader in audiovisual systems, to design, manufacture and install a new LED video display for Founders Park. The display will be one of the 10 largest in college baseball, with a total of 1,450 square feet. The LED video display will be ready for the 2019 season opener, Feb. 15 vs. Liberty. "In working with our multimedia rightsholder, IMG College, we were able to secure a video board that will be beneficial to our program and add to the game day experience at Founders Park," said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. "The LED video display will be easy to see throughout the ball park and we will be able to add quality content that will be enjoyable for fans." The new display will measure approximately 33.5 feet high by 43 feet wide and will feature a 13HD pixel layout to bring exceptional image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility to Gamecock fans seated throughout the stadium. "Founders Park is a great collegiate baseball stadium and we're excited to be a part of this scoreboard project," said Corey Williams, Daktronics sales representative. "It's always a pleasure working with everyone at the University of South Carolina. The new video display will be nearly 3.5 times larger than the current video display so we can't wait to see it in action and how Gamecock fans react to the new addition." The new LED display at Founders Park continues a trend of enhancing the fan experience at Gamecock facilities using video. The new display at Founders Park comes less than 18 months after new video and ribbon boards were added at Colonial Life Arena, also working with IMG College and Daktronics. A new video board was also added to the Carolina Volleyball Center prior to the 2018 season and the Williams-Brice Stadium video board was installed prior to the 2012 season. The display is capable of variable content zoning allowing it to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to share live video, instant replays, statistics and game information, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. Season tickets for Carolina baseball are available at ItsGreatToBeAGamecock.com, or by calling the Gamecock Ticket Office at 1-800-4SC-FANS. Continue to visit GamecocksOnline.com for updates on Gamecock baseball.
  18. FeatheredCock

    Oooohhhh, Arkansas, you almost had it.

    Arkansas loses last night to give the World Series Championship to Oregon St. 5-0
  19. Greenville Regional Championship Game Moved to Monday Afternoon June 04, 2018 GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Game six of the 2018 NCAA Greenville Regional between South Carolina and either East Carolina or UNC Wilmington has been postponed and will be played Monday afternoon (June 4) at 1 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium. If there is a need for a second championship game, that contest will be played at 5 p.m. Heavy rains hit the Greenville area this afternoon, causing a 5:09 rain delay in the East Carolina/UNC Wilmington contest. 2018 GREENVILLE REGIONAL Game 6: South Carolina vs. East Carolina/UNC Wilmington, Monday at 1 p.m. Game 7: If necessary, Monday at 5 p.m.
  20. Gamecocks to Hold selection watch party on Monday afternoon The watch party will take place at J's Corner, which is on Rosewood Drive, across from the Fairgrounds May 25, 2018 COLUMBIA – The University of South Carolina baseball team will hold a watch party for the NCAA Tournament selection show this Monday (May 28) at J’s Corner, which is located on Rosewood Drive, across the street from the Fairgrounds. Doors at J’s Corner will open at 11 a.m. on Monday with the one-hour selection show beginning at noon on ESPNU. Fans are invited to watch the selection show with the Gamecocks, who will find out their opponent and destination for the start of the NCAA Tournament next Friday (June 1).
  21. Gamecocks fall to LSU to close out SEC tournament run Carolina tied the game at three in the ninth, but three Tigers runs in the 12th eliminate the Gamecock May 25, 2018 Box Score / Final Box / Photo Gallery / Twitter HOOVER, Ala. - LSU scored three runs in the top of the 12th inning to defeat the University of South Carolina baseball team, 6-4, in game 10 of the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament Thursday afternoon (May 24) at Hoover Met Stadium. The Gamecocks are eliminated from the tournament after playing in a 4:17 instant classic. After a rain delay for the third straight day and an extra-inning contest before it, the Gamecocks and Tigers started two hours late, but it was worth the wait. LSU scored two runs in the top of the second as Zach Watson brought in Bryce Jordan on an infield single and Hal Hughes scored on a balk. Carolina clawed for single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Jonah Bride was hit by a pitch and went to third on Justin Row's double. Carolina loaded the bases as LT Tolbert was hit by a pitch. Hunter Taylor brought in the Gamecocks' first run on a sacrifice fly to left. Then in the sixth, Row connected on his sixth home run of the year, a solo shot to left field. LSU took a 3-2 lead in the eighth. Antoine Duplantis looked to be the third out at home plate after a fly ball to right, but video review overturned the call, giving Hunter Feduccia a sacrifice fly. Carolina tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Tolbert tripled over Watson's head in center. Jacob Olson then singled up the middle to score Tolbert. Both teams traded zeroes in the 10th and 11th. LSU then scored three in the 12th. John Gilreath retired the first two Tigers, but Duplantis reached on an error and Austin Bain walked. That set up an RBI single by Daniel Cabrera to put the Tigers up 4-3. Todd Peterson added insurance with a two-run double to left. Madison Stokes singled in a run in the bottom of the 12th, but a strikeout ended the game. Adam Hill started the game for the Gamecocks. He allowed four hits and two runs with two strikeouts and five walks in six innings of work. Gilreath took the loss, allowing three unearned runs in 2.1 innings. He allowed one hit and struck out a batter. Eddy Demurias had a pair of punchouts in his one inning of relief. Row had two hits on the day for Carolina. For LSU, Peterson earned the win on the mound, pitching five innings of relief and allowing a pair of runs on four hits with three strikeouts. GAMECHANGER An error, walk and RBI single by Daniel Cabrera happened with two out in the 12th. LSU then scored two more runs on Tood Peterson's double. KEY STAT Carolina played its longest game of the season by innings (12) and by time (4:17). This game was a minute longer than the 6-5, 10-inning loss to Ole Miss on May 6. NOTABLE Carolina went 1-2 in this year's SEC Tournament, defeating Missouri 4-2 while falling to Arkansas (13-8) and LSU. Hunter Taylor threw out two more baserunners trying to steal in the LSU contest. He has thrown out 18 baserunners this season. Carolina falls to LSU in the SEC Tournament for the second straight season. The Gamecocks lost in the semifinals to the Tigers last season. Carolina turned three double plays in the game's first four innings. UP NEXT South Carolina will turn its attention to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be on Monday afternoon (May 28) at noon on ESPN2. The regionals start next Friday (June 1) at 16 host sites. From USC Sports Information
  22. Gamecocks face LSU Thursday afternoon at SEC tournament The Gamecocks and Tigers face off at 2 p.m. Eastern in an elimination game Game Notes HOOVER, Ala -- The University of South Carolina baseball team will continue action in the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament on Thursday afternoon (May 24) as the fifth-seed Gamecocks face eighth-seeded LSU at approximately 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT) at Hoover Met Stadium in Hoover, Ala. NOTABLES The Gamecocks scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning and were threatening with the bases loaded in the ninth but fell to Arkansas, 13-8, on Wednesday. That loss put South Carolina in an elimination game with LSU. Despite the loss, LT Tolbert had a career night for the Gamecocks. Tolbert was 4-for-5 with a career high five RBI and a grand slam in the sixth. His previous career high was four RBI against Winthrop on Feb. 21. Tolbert’s grand slam was the second by a Gamecock this season. Hunter Taylor had a grand slam in that same Winthrop game on Feb. 21. Parker Coyne pitched for the first time since May 9 on Wednesday and struck out six in 2.2 innings pitched. Coyne now has 25 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched for the Gamecocks. Madison Stokes and Jacob Olson each had two hits in the loss to the Razorbacks. Stokes doubled in the two-run ninth. It was his 11th of the season to go along with 39 RBI. Carolina will now face LSU in an elimination game. It will be the second straight season the two teams will meet in the tournament. The Tigers defeated Carolina 11-0, eliminating the Gamecocks in the semifinals. All-time, Carolina is 2-7 against LSU in the SEC Tournament. The two wins both came in the 2002 tourney. Carolina defeated the Tigers 10-8 and 5-4 before falling in the championship game to Alabama. Adam Hill will make the start for Carolina on Thursday, his 14th of the season. Hill has a team-best 90 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched and led the SEC in opponent’s batting average for most of the season. It’s currently at .185. Hill earned the win against LSU on April 21 in Columbia. He struck out seven in six innings of work, allowing four hits and no runs with four walks in an 11-4 victory. Hill defeated Ma’Khail Hilliard, who allowed eight runs in 2.2 innings of work. Carolina swept LSU April 20-22, winning the first two games by scores of 11-0 and 11-4. The Gamecocks then won in come-from-behind fashion on Sunday, scoring four runs in the sixth and two in both the seventh and eighth innings in an 8-6 win. TJ Hopkins was 7-for-15 in the series, driving in six, while LT Tolbert and Justin Row had five RBI apiece. The LSU sweep was the start of five straight SEC series win for the Gamecocks. South Carolina went 11-4 in the final five series after opening the season 1-5 in the league. From USC Sports Information
  23. Gamecocks fall to Arkansas in SEC tournament action The Gamecocks put up five runs in the sixth inning, but Arkansas plated eight in the first three frames in its win Photo Gallery Twitter / Box Score / Final Box HOOVER, Ala. - The University of South Carolina baseball team scored five runs in the sixth inning, but Arkansas built a lead that was too large to overcome as the Gamecocks fell to the Razorbacks, 13-8, Wednesday night (May 23) at Hoover Met Stadium. South Carolina goes into the loser’s bracket and will face LSU Thursday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. Logan Chapman struck out the first two batters of the game but walked Heston Kjerstad and Luke Bonfield. Dominic Fletcher then hit a three-run home run to right center to give the Razorbacks the early 3-0 lead. Arkansas added three more runs in the second on RBi’s from Eric Cole, Kjerstad and Bonfield. Carolina scored its first run of the game in the third. Jacob Olson singled and moved to second on a throwing error to lead off the inning. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored as Matt Williams reached on the second throwing error of the inning. Arkansas answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. An infield single from Jack Kenley brought in a run. Carson Shaddy’s sacrifice fly scored Jared Gates to build an 8-1 lead. Arkansas added two runs on a Casey Martin home run, but the Gamecocks clawed back with a five-spot in the sixth. Kyle Jacobsen walked with one out and went to second on Madison Stokes’ infield single. Mason Streater loaded the bases as he reached on an error. Danny Blair forced in a run with a walk and LT Tolbertquickly unloaded the bases with a grand slam. Arkansas got one run back in the bottom of the sixth on Martin’s second home run of the game. Fletcher extended Arkansas’ lead to 13-6 in the eighth with a two-run single. Carolina made it interesting in the ninth. Noah Campbell led off with an infield single. He went to third as Jacobsen singled which was combined with a throwing error. Stokes doubled to left to score Campbell. Tolbert brought in Jacobsen with a single to left, but a double play ended the contest. Tolbert was 4-for-5 with five RBI in the contest. Olson added a pair of hits. Chapman took the loss. He allowed three hits and six runs in 1.1 innings pitched. GAMECHANGER The Gamecocks allowed three runs in the first inning off of just one hit, a three-run home run from Dominic Fletcher. KEY STAT Tolbert leads the Gamecocks with 49 RBI after his five RBI night. NOTABLE For the second straight day, rain pushed the schedule back at the SEC Tournament. South Carolina’s game did not start until 9:45 p.m. Central time. Tolbert connected on his sixth home run of the season and the first grand slam of the year. It was Carolina’s second grand slam of 2018. Hunter Taylor did the trick against Winthrop on Feb. 21. Tolbert also drove in a career high five runs in the Arkansas contest. His previous career high was four in the same Winthrop game on Feb. 21. Parker Coyne pitched for the first time since May 9 and struck out six in 2.2 innings pitched. Carolina is now 3-4 all-time against Arkansas in the SEC Tournament. UP NEXT South Carolina will face LSU in an elimination game on Thursday afternoon (May 24) at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. From USC Sports Information
  24. Gamecocks take a 4-2 win over Missouri to advance in the SEC Tournament The Gamecocks scored three runs in the seventh inning in the win over the Tigers May 23, 2018 Final Stats / Final Box / Photo Gallery / Twitter HOOVER, Ala. - The University of South Carolina baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win over Missouri Tuesday night (May 22) on the opening day of the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover Met Stadium. The Gamecocks now move into the double elimination tournament, beginning Wednesday night (May 23) against Arkansas at 9 p.m. EDT. In a game that did not start until 10:31 p.m. Central time, the Tigers scored all their runs in one inning. Connor Brumfield led off the fourth with a single. He moved to second on a single by Trey Harris. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and a groundout by Brian Sharp plated the game’s first run. Chad McDaniel then singled to left center, scoring Harris as Missouri built a 2-0 lead. Carolina plated a run in the fifth. LT Tolbert led off with a double down the line in right. He went to third on a single by Hunter Taylor. Jacob Olson drove in Tolbert with a double to the gap in right. The Gamecocks loaded the bases in that inning, but a fly out ended the threat. The Gamecocks trailed until the seventh, when Carolina scored three runs off three hits. Taylor singled back up the middle to start the frame. He went to second as Olson walked. Noah Campbell loaded the bases with a single to right. Carlos Cortes then walked to force in Taylor. Madison Stokes’ sacrifice fly gave Carolina the 3-2 lead and Jonah Bride added insurance with an RBI single to left. The win on the mound went to Eddy Demurias, who is now 6-0 on the season. He struck out a batter in 1.2 innings pitched. Graham Lawson picked up his second save, striking out three Tigers. Carmen Mlodzinskigave the Gamecocks a solid start, striking out five and allowing three hits and two runs in five innings pitched. Campbell, Tolbert and Taylor had two hits apiece for Carolina. GAMECHANGER The Gamecocks scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh as Cortes, Stokes and Bride each drove in a run. KEY STAT Carolina wins its 29th SEC Tournament game in program history and advances to the double elimination tournament. NOTABLE The 10:31 p.m. start time was the second latest time a game has started in the SEC Tournament. Alabama and Kentucky started at 10:45 p.m. CT in 2008. Carolina earned its fifth win of the season when trailing after six innings. Carolina won in the single-elimination portion of the tournament for the second straight year. The Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt, 7-4, in last year’s tournament. Carolina did not make an error in a game for the 28th time this season. UP NEXT South Carolina, the fifth seed in the tournament, will face fourth-seeded Arkansas Wednesday night (May 23) at approximately 9 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. CDT). From USC Sports Information
  25. Gamecocks lock in SEC tournament spot in Hoover May 22, 2018 South Carolina will start the SEC tournament against Missouri as the No. 5 seed. The first round will be single-elimination, with the top four teams receiving a bye. After that, the tourney will be double-elimination until the semifinal round, after which it will revert to single-elimination. Ole Miss beating last-place Alabama locked USC into the No. 5 seed and set the top-four bye teams. SEEDS 1. Florida 2. Ole Miss 3. Georgia 4. Arkansas 5. South Carolina 6. Vanderbilt 7. Auburn 8. LSU 9. Mississippi State 10. Kentucky 11. Texas A&M 12. Missouri SCHEDULE *All times eastern and all games televised on SEC Network unless otherwise noted TUESDAY, MAY 22 (Single elimination) Game 1: No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 Texas A&M, 10:30 a.m. Game 2: No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 10 Kentucky, to follow Game 3: No. 8 LSU vs. No. 9 MSU, 5:30 p.m. Game 4: No. 5 South Carolina vs. No. 12 Missouri, to follow WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 (Double elimination) Game 5: No. 3 Georgia vs. Game 1 winner, 10:30 a.m. Game 6: No. 2 Ole Miss vs. Game 2 winner, to follow Game 7: No. 1 Florida vs. Game 3 winner, 5:30 p.m. Game 8: No. 4 Arkansas vs. Game 4 winner, to follow THURSDAY, MAY 24 (Double elimination) Game 9: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 10:30 a.m. Game 10: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, to follow Game 11: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5:30 p.m. Game 12: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, to follow FRIDAY, MAY 25 (Double elimination) Game 13: Game 9 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 4 p.m. Game 14: Game 10 winner vs. Game 12 loser, to follow SATURDAY, MAY 26 (Single elimination) Game 15: Game 13 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 1 p.m. Game 16: Game 14 winner vs. Game 12 winner, to follow SUNDAY, MAY 27 (Championship) Game 17: Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 3 p.m. (ESPN2) FINAL STANDINGS SEC EAST 1. Florida: 20-10 SEC, 41-15 overall 2. Georgia: 18-12, 37-17 3. South Carolina: 17-13, 32-22 4. Vanderbilt: 16-14, 31-24 5. Kentucky: 13-17, 34-21 6. Missouri, 12-18, 34-21 7. Tennessee 12-18, 29-27 SEC WEST 1. Ole Miss: 18-12 SEC, 42-14 overall 2. Arkansas: 18-12 SEC, 37-17 3. Auburn: 15-15, 37-19 4. LSU: 15-15, 33-23 5. Mississippi State: 15-15, 31-24 6. Texas A&M: 13-17, 36-19 7. Alabama: 8-22 SEC, 27-29 overall

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