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  1. Rally Falls Short As Gamecocks Fall 8-7 To Tigers Rubber game set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Founders Park GCF Staff Report March 4, 2017 Box Score GREENVILLE, S.C. - Fourth ranked South Carolina fought and rallied to score twice in the bottom of the ninth inning, but fell one run short as a three-run top of the ninth inning by 12th ranked Clemson lifted the Tigers to an 8-7 win on Saturday afternoon in front of a record crowd of 7,460 at Fluor Field. The Gamecocks are now 7-4 on the year with Clemson 7-3 for the season. (MORE)
  2. Premier Rivalry Renews This Weekend Between The Gamecocks & Tigers Gamecocks & Tigers set to face off in weekend series GCF Staff Report March 02, 2017 No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 4 South Carolina Listen Live / Friday Live Stats / Saturday Live Stats / Sunday Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Fri. Mar. 3/Sat. Mar. 4/Sun. Mar. 5 First Pitch: 6:30 p.m./1 p.m./1:30 p.m. Location: Clemson, S.C./Greenville, S.C./Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Doug Kingmore Stadium/Fluor Field/Founders Park Television/Video: Friday -- ACC Network Extra (Marty Clary & Roy Philpott); Sunday - SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live Friday VideoLive Sunday Video Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody); GamecocksOnline.com
  3. Gamecocks Defeats Clemson 2-0 In Series Opener Clarke Schmidt earns victory in the Gamecock GCF Staff Report March 04, 2017 Box Score CLEMSON, S.C. – South Carolina junior right-hander Clarke Schmidt pitched 5.2 scoreless innings and combined with relievers Josh Reagan and Tyler Johnson for a five-hit shutout and a dropped fly ball in the sixth inning led to a pair of runs as fourth ranked South Carolina (7-3) defeated Clemson (6-3) 2-0 on a chilly Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. (MORE)
  4. Premier Rivalry Renews This Weekend Between The Gamecocks & Tigers Gamecocks & Tigers set to face off in weekend series GCF Staff Report March 02, 2017 No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 4 South Carolina Listen Live / Friday Live Stats / Saturday Live Stats / Sunday Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Fri. Mar. 3/Sat. Mar. 4/Sun. Mar. 5 First Pitch: 6:30 p.m./1 p.m./1:30 p.m. Location: Clemson, S.C./Greenville, S.C./Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Doug Kingmore Stadium/Fluor Field/Founders Park Television/Video: Friday -- ACC Network Extra (Marty Clary & Roy Philpott); Sunday - SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live Friday VideoLive Sunday Video Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody); GamecocksOnline.com
  5. Gamecocks Hosts Appalachian State On Tuesday First pitch at 4 p.m. at Founders Park GCF Staff Report Feb. 27, 2017 Appalachian State at No. 4 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Date: Tues. Feb. 28 First Pitch: 4 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live SEC Network Plus Video Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Tommy Moody and Drew Meyer); GamecocksOnline.com
  6. South Carolina baseball remains ranked in the top 5 Feb. 27, 2017 South Carolina baseball remains ranked in the top five after winning two out of three games against Wright State over the weekend. The Gamecocks maintained their ranking at No. 5 in the Baseball America top 25 and fell one spot from No. 4 to No. 5 in the D1Baseball Poll. USC went 3-2 last week, beating Charlotte on Tuesday and falling to Kansas State on Thursday before beginning a series with Wright State. Carolina topped the Raiders in the first two games over the weekend before falling in Game 3 on Sunday. The Gamecocks return to action on Tuesday, hosting Appalachian State (4-3) at 4 p.m. The Mountaineers are coming off a three-game sweep at Gardner-Webb. South Carolina will play Clemson in a three-game series this weekend with Game 1 Friday at Clemson at 6:30 p.m., Game 2 Saturday at Fluor Field in Greenville at 1 p.m. and Game 3 Sunday in Columbia at 1:30 p.m. The Tigers are ranked No. 15 by Baseball America and No. 20 by D1Baseball.
  7. #4 South Carolina Gamecocks vs #25 Wright State Raiders: Weekend Preview and How to Watch Feb. 24, 2017 #4 South Carolina Gamecocks vs #25 Wright State Raiders Game Notes / Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll GAME INFORMATION[/background] Dates: Fri. Feb. 24/Sat. Feb. 25/Sun. Feb. 26 First Pitch: 7 p.m./4 p.m./1:30 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live SEC Network Plus Video Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott, Tommy Moody and Drew Meyer); GamecocksOnline.com PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina - Clarke Schmidt (Jr. RHP) 1-0, 1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP, 2 BB, 3 SO Wright State - Ryan Weiss (Fr. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO Saturday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 1 BB, 7 SO Wright State - Zane Collins (So. LHP) 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 5.0 IP, 3 BB, 4 SO Sunday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Wright State - Danny Sexton (Jr. LHP) 1-0, 1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP, 3 BB, 7 SO
  8. Time Changes Made To Friday & Saturday's Games Vs. Wright State Friday's first pitch now at 7 p.m. with Saturday's game at 4 p.m. Feb. 23, 2017 Columbia, S.C. – The Friday and Saturday baseball game times for the Wright State series this weekend have been moved to accommodate more fans to be able to attend both games this weekend. Friday’s game will be played under the lights at Founders Park with first pitch at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game is now scheduled for 4 p.m. Both games will be available on SEC Network Plus and can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.” Early season schedules normally feature earlier game times due to anticipated cooler weather in the month of February. With warm temperatures expected for the weekend, both teams agreed to move the Friday game time to the evening. With Saturday’s basketball game vs. Tennessee scheduled for 1 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena, the 4 p.m. game time will allow fans to be able to attend both event
  9. Loss can’t put dent in South Carolina baseball’s ranking Feb. 20, 2017 South Carolina baseball might have lost a tight pitchers’ duel Sunday afternoon to UNC Greensboro, but it didn’t do too much damage in the rankings. The Gamecocks (2-1) remained at No. 4 in the D1Baseball Top 25 and No. 5 in the Baseball America rankings. They still sit behind Florida, Florida State and TCU in both polls, though the Seminoles also took a loss over the weekend. USC was fifth in the Perfect Game rankings, also the same as in the preseason. After winning the series against UNCG, the Gamecocks have mid-week tilts against Charlotte on Tuesday and Kansas State on Thursday before a weekend series vs. Wright State. Clemson ranked between No. 15 and No. 22 in the polls after a 1-2 start. Defending College World Series Champion Coastal Carolina was No. 18 or 19 and fell out of the Perfect Game Rankings altogether after going 1-2. D1Baseball Top 25 Rank Team Overall Record Previous Rank 1 TCU 3-0 1 2 Florida 3-0 2 3 Florida State 2-1 3 4 South Carolina 2-1 4 5 LSU 3-0 5 6 NC State 2-1 6 7 Vanderbilt 2-1 7 8 Oregon State 3-0 8 9 North Carolina 3-0 9 10 Louisville 3-0 12 11 Texas Tech 3-1 14 12 Cal State Fullerton 2-1 16 13 UL Lafayette 1-1 13 14 Virginia 3-0 17 15 Arizona 3-0 19 16 Texas A&M 3-0 20 17 Ole Miss 3-0 NR 18 East Carolina 0-3 10 19 Coastal Carolina 1-2 11 20 Stanford 1-2 18 21 Miami 2-1 21 22 Clemson 1-2 15 23 Rice 2-2 23 24 UNC Wilmington 3-0 24 25 Houston 3-0 NR Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-baseball/article133811994.html#storylink=cpy
  10. Gamecock Baseball Hosts Kansas State On Thursday First pitch at 4 p.m. at Founders Park GCF Staff Report Feb. 22, 2017 Kansas State at No. 4 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll GAME INFORMATION Dates: Thurs. Feb. 23 First Pitch: 4 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live SEC Network Plus Video Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody); GamecocksOnline.com
  11. Gamecock Baseball Hosts Charlotte On Tuesday First pitch at 4 p.m. at Founders Park GCF Staff Report Feb. 21, 2017 Charlotte at No. 4 South Carolina Listen Live / Game Notes / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll GAME INFORMATION Dates: Tues. Feb. 21 First Pitch: 4 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live SEC Network Plus Video Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Tommy Moody and Drew Meyer); GamecocksOnline.com
  12. Gamecock Baseball Begins 2017 Season Friday Hosting UNCG All three games available on SEC Network Plus & the Gamecock Radio Network GCF Staff Report Feb. 16, 2017 UNCG at No. 4 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll GAME INFORMATION Dates: Fri. Feb. 17/ Feb. 18/Feb. 19 First Pitch: 4 p.m./2 p.m./1:30 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live SEC Network Plus Video Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott, Tommy Moody and Drew Meyer); GamecocksOnline.com
  13. Gamecock Baseball Begins 2017 Season Friday Hosting UNCG All three games available on SEC Network Plus & the Gamecock Radio Network GCF Staff Report Feb. 16, 2017 UNCG at No. 4 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll GAME INFORMATION Dates: Fri. Feb. 17/ Feb. 18/Feb. 19 First Pitch: 4 p.m./2 p.m./1:30 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live SEC Network Plus Video Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott, Tommy Moody and Drew Meyer); GamecocksOnline.com
  14. Gamecocks Opens 2017 Season With 7-1 Win Over UNCG With Videos, Gallery, Box Score & More Gamecocks earn victory in front of a sellout crowd of 8,242 fans at Founders Park GCF Staff Report Feb, 18, 2017 / COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sophomore outfielder TJ Hopkins went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBI and junior right-hander Clarke Schmidt allowed just one run in 6.2 innings of work as fourth ranked South Carolina opened the 2017 season with a 7-1 win over UNCG. Friday's contest was played in front of a sellout crowd of 8,242 at Founders Park. (MORE)
  15. Gamecock Baseball Begins 2017 Season Friday Hosting UNCG All three games available on SEC Network Plus & the Gamecock Radio Network GCF Staff Report Feb. 16, 2017 UNCG at No. 4 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll GAME INFORMATION Dates: Fri. Feb. 17/ Feb. 18/Feb. 19 First Pitch: 4 p.m./2 p.m./1:30 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live SEC Network Plus Video Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott, Tommy Moody and Drew Meyer); GamecocksOnline.com
  16. D1Baseball projects Gamecocks to have two top-15 pitchers in 2017 Feb. 15, 2017 The hype train is already off and rolling for South Carolina baseball’s 2017 pitching rotation. So what’s a little more? D1Baseball posted its list of the top 200 starting pitchers in college baseball, and the Gamecocks were well represented. Friday and Saturday starters Clarke Schmidt and Wil Crowe came in 11th and 13rd respectively. USC’s third arm, Adam Hill, came in 57th, while redshirt freshman Cody Morris, who sat out last season following Tommy John surgery, was ranked 159. Schmidt went 9-5 in 2016, leading the team in innings and posting an ERA of 3.40 with 129 strikeouts. Crowe missed last season with Tommy John, but went 11-7 with a 3.52 ERA in a season and half before the injury. Hill went 7-0 as a freshman striking out 72 in 66 1/3 innings. He threw 123 pitches in seven innings of a NCAA Tournament win against Rhode Island, preserving the bullpen for the rest of the regional. Morris was a 32nd-round draft pick out of high school, and had been considered a top-five round pick before his surgery. THE STATE Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-baseball/article132851129.html#storylink=cpy
  17. Eight teams you’re likely to see in Omaha Feb. 15, 2017 SOUTH CAROLINA Defending SEC East champ Gamecocks return seven position players, and P Wil Crowe is back from Tommy John surgery. TCU Frogs return eight everyday players and open the season No. 1 in most polls. Luken Baker, 6-4/265, had 11 HRs as freshman. CAL STATE FULLERTON Titans have back three all-conference pitchers (led by RHP Connor Seabold) and are favored to win Big West. FLORIDA Gators were pick to win first national title last year but went 0-2 in Omaha. They return Alex Faedo, the top pitcher in country. FLORIDA STATE All three weekend starters and most of everyday lineup are back, and Inf. Drew Mendoza is one of top freshmen in the country. LSU Eight everyday players return along with top starting pitchers Alex Lange and Jared Poche' and bullpen ace Hunter Newman. MARYLAND Favored to win the Big Ten. SS Kevin Smith named D1Baseball.com’s Breakout Summer Prospect. VANDERBILT OF Jeren Kendall and P Kyle Wright are among best in nation. Commodores missed super regionals last year. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/article132860844.html#storylink=cpy
  18. Gamecock baseball picked to finish second in SEC East Feb. 10. 2017 South Carolina baseball is 8 days away from getting its 2017 campaign underway. On Thursday, the SEC baseball coaches picked the Gamecocks to finish second in the SEC East behind Florida. South Carolina also received 2 votes as league champion, the third-highest total behind Florida and and LSU, who received 6 each. South Carolina received 4 votes to win the SEC East and 61 points overall, second to Florida’s 10 first-place votes and 70 points. The Gamecocks have been a top-5 team across the board in national preseason polls. SEC baseball coaches also tabbed junior pitcher Tyler Johnson as a preseason first-team selection and designated hitter Alex Destino as a second-team preseason pick. Johnson went 3-2 with nine saves and a 2.42 ERA as a sophomore, striking out 59 batters in 52 innings. Opponents hit just .187 against Johnson last season. Destino, a junior outfield and designated hitter, hit .321 last season with 10 homers and 59 RBIs. The Gamecocks open their season against UNC-Greensboro on Friday, Feb. 17 at Founders Park.
  19. A Wil and a way: Crowe’s comeback is nearly complete Feb. 11, 2017 He won’t hesitate. He never has. Wil Crowe never hesitated to dedicate his life to pitching, never hesitated to choose South Carolina. He didn’t hesitate to tell other schools no when they got involved, told the pro teams the same and definitely didn’t hesitate when he was named a weekend starter as a freshman. There he’ll be, toeing the rubber next Saturday as he prepares to throw his first live pitch in two years. Crowe says it won’t be at the back of his mind, but how could it not be? His rebuilt right elbow, the key to his collegiate success and future fortune, feels great. He’s been his usual self, better even, in the long road back from Tommy John surgery. Velocity’s fiery, off-speed’s tighter, release point steady as a mother’s love. He has been checked and cleared and examined and OK’d so many times his daily routine is a series of clipboards. But there has to be that slight thread of doubt, doesn’t there? The first time he rears back, summoning the lightning of his Thunder-God fastball? The first time where he, one of baseball’s best amateur prospects, faces the first of hundreds of batters who want to see just how great the great Wil Crowe really is? Will that tender string inside his elbow that meant his past, means his future and caused nearly 24 months of wondering if he’d be one of the many that came all the way back from a once-radical surgery, hold up? Crowe doesn’t hesitate. “I’m good,” he says. ‘Here are your options’ He’d never been hurt on a diamond. One knee was scoped for football, the other for basketball, but the back, shoulders, arm, all the biggest parts of a pitcher’s success, had been Greek-sculpted throughout a magnificent high school career and a Freshman All-American season at USC. Something didn’t feel right as a sophomore. Crowe was giving up nearly five earned runs per game and the bite, the nastiness on his pitches, just wasn’t there. He hurt, for the first time. And he realized, like all pitchers do, that pain in the shoulder or elbow carries the possibility that the last pitch you threw could have been your last, ever, because your arm isn’t meant to throw that way that hard. “Me and his mom both met him the next week, and he had went to the team hospital there and he showed us all the pictures,” said father Tim Crowe, a former college player. “We had a sit-down with Chad (Holbrook) and Chad kind of walked us through the options. ‘We can try and pitch, or we can try to line up some surgeries.’ ” The Crowes knew what that meant. Tommy John surgery has become nearly routine since it was first performed, and there’s a 90 percent success rate. There is that other 10 percent, though, which meant all Crowe worked for was in jeopardy. His dream, his livelihood, now rested on a scalpel and God’s will. “I think even then, part of Wil wanted to try,” Tim said, “but he knew going into it he’d been having some problems and feeling funny, so at that point, it was, ‘Let’s go on and make it happen.’ ” “It’s usually a 10-12 month process before you’re throwing live again,” USC pitching coach Jerry Meyers said. “Some guys have thrown at 9-10 months. And sometimes it’s 18 months before a guy really gets back some of the feel and that extra gear.” The Crowes asked the best, Dr. James Andrews, to perform the surgery. Within three days, he was moving the repaired arm; within a week, he was in Columbia going through therapy. “Of course you always have concern, but from a standpoint if anybody’s going to do the work and if anyone’s going to physically be a good specimen to start out with in rehab, it’s him,” Meyers said. Crowe would not hesitate to do anything the doctors and therapists advised. It was as much a part of his schedule as brushing his teeth. THE STATE
  20. The next USC baseball star you’ve never heard of Feb. 10, 2017 South Carolina freshman Carlos Cortes was rated as one of the top 25 high school prospects in the nation by D1Baseball and Perfect Game coming out of Lake Howell High in Oviedo, Fla. But unlike some highly-rated prospects, Cortes was not set on beginning his professional baseball career immediately after high school. If the money was right he was willing to turn pro, but the 5-foot-7, 195-pounder had a strong desire to play for the Gamecocks, a desire that began when Cortes was 12 years old. “Ever since I saw them win the 2010 national championship I fell in love with them,” he said. “I came here and saw this amazing stadium and this amazing college town, and ever since then I’ve wanted to be a Gamecock.” MLB organizations opted to not meet Cortes’ asking price and he was selected in the 20th round by the New York Mets after Cortes had already announced he would be playing baseball at USC in 2017. “I always wanted to come here so I set the bar high. My dad encouraged me to come here. My family wanted me to go to school. It made the decision a little bit easier,” Cortes said. “I’ll get the best experience playing with a bunch of guys that it’s like a family, trying to win.” Cortes arrived in Columbia this past summer with big expectations. He was viewed as one of the top hitters in the country in the class of 2016. Those expectations remain high with the season set to begin in a week. Cortes was recently rated as the No. 1 freshman in the SEC by Baseball America and the No. 1 impact freshman in the SEC by D1Baseball. He isn’t concerned with living up to lofty predictions, though. He just wants to win. “None of that matters,” Cortes said. “Just coming out every day and working hard, trying to win, that’s all that matters.” Cortes is capable of playing a number of different positions for the Gamecocks as he has experience as an infielder and outfielder. He is a unique player in that he is ambidextrous. He is naturally left-handed but learned to throw and field as a right-hander growing up so that he could play in the infield. “I had to learn it because I was short and wasn’t very fast. I was already lefty so I didn’t have many positions to play. My dad wanted me to learn new positions,” he said. “It took me until I was about 14 to actually become very good at it. It became normal, like second nature to me.” Cortes has been working at second base, third base and in the outfield in preseason scrimmages while trying to adjust to college pitching. He struggled hitting a changeup in the fall but believes he has made progress in that area. “It was strictly fastball, curveball in high school. Guys have good changeups (in college). You have to adjust to that. It’s been tough but hopefully it works out,” he said. “I’m working on seeing two different speeds when I’m in the cages, hard, slow, just mixing it up.” Cortes is also getting help from several veterans on the team as he prepares for his first season playing Division I baseball. “Alex Destino has been here a while and he’s seen it and he knows what’s going to happen,” Cortes said. “Even the pitchers, too, I’ve listened to them. I look up to them. They’re good guys, and they know what they’re talking about too.” CARLOS CORTES BIO Class: Freshman Position: INF./OF Ht./Wt.: 5-7, 195 Hometown: Oviedo, Fla. Honors ▪ No. 1 freshman in the SEC by Baseball America and D1Baseball ▪ No. 14 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball and Perfect Game High School ▪ - No. 18 best high school prospect in nation by D1Baseball, No. 23 by Perfect Game and No. 31 by Baseball America ▪ As a senior in 2016, hit .395 with 19 runs and 17 RBI. Had three saves. Led Oviedo to 2015 state title. Of note ▪ Ambidextrous thrower, he throws with right hand when he plays infield and throws with left hand when he plays in the outfield and pitches WEEKEND SCHEDULE What: USC baseball scrimmages When: Friday, 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Where: Founders Park Also: All scrimmages are free and open to the public. THE STATE
  21. Chad Holbrook settles opening weekend rotation Feb. 07, 2017 COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Sunday, South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook called pitchers Clarke Schmidt and Wil Crowe “1 and 1a” in his mind, saying he still was undecided on the Gamecocks season-opening rotation. On Monday, Holbrook settled on his weekend rotation for the Gamecocks opening series against UNC-Greensboro from Feb. 17-19. He opted for Schmidt on Friday, Crowe on Saturday and Adam Hill on Sunday. “If I pick Wil or Clarke, I picked the right one and that makes me feel good,” Holbrook said Sunday. “That gives me some peace at night.” Holbrook said both Schmidt and Crowe threw really well on Friday, the opening game of the second weekend of spring scrimmages. “Clarke was probably as dominant as I’ve seen him here on Friday,” Holbrook said. “It was a very, very clean outing with terrific velocity and great command of his offspeed pitches. He was flawless. Wil threw fine. I don’t know if I have to decide or not. I might just let them throw Friday and then decide.” Instead, Holbrook made the decision Monday, picking Schmidt, a junior who went 9-3 last season with a 3.40 ERA. Earlier in the preseason, Schmidt said he enjoyed competing with Crowe to see who would be the Friday night starter. “Me and him are pretty close,” Schmidt said. “We grew up here together from my freshman year, he kinda took me under his wing. It’s kinda fun to be able to go at it with him and against him. We really enjoy going in week and week out about it.” Crowe is coming off Tommy John surgery, which had him miss all of the 2016 season. He was 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA as a sophomore prior to suffering a season-ending injury. He was a freshman All-American in 2014 with an 8-3 record with a 2.75 ERA. “We both want to win and that is all we are worried about, whether it’s him on Friday or me on Friday,” Crowe said about battling with Schmidt to be the Friday night starter. “We don’t care. I say that for both of us because we really don’t. We want to go out and compete and go out and win games. “For us to be where we want to be in 5 months or so, we’ve both gotta win. It’s not who is the guy and who’s not the guy. If he is pitching on Friday, he’s the guy Friday. If I’m pitching on Saturday, I’m the guy Saturday. It don’t matter. We just wanna win games and help this team be the best it can be.” Both Crowe and Schmidt are ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 college draft prospects. Hill went 7-0 with a 3.53 ERA last season as a freshman.
  22. Pair of Gamecocks injured in baseball scrimmages over the weekend Feb. 06, 2017 South Carolina wrapped up its second weekend of preseason scrimmages Sunday afternoon, and Gamecocks coach Chad Holbrook announced a couple of players are dealing with injuries. USC catcher Hunter Taylor, who was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team last season, has a hairline fracture in his collar bone, while junior college transfer Chase DeMars has a broken hamate bone. Taylor was injured on Friday while catching when a foul ball hit him, while DeMars’ injury occurred on Saturday. “(Chase will) see a doctor tomorrow and we’ll see,” Holbrook said. “Those injuries can be three to four weeks or it could be four to six. We’ll have to see the extent of that. We won’t know that until early in the week.” Holbrook hopes to have Taylor back for the opening weekend of the season when the Gamecocks host UNC Greensboro in a three-game series beginning Feb. 17. “We don’t think it’s going to keep him out too long, but maybe a couple of weeks,” Holbrook said. “We don’t know at this time, but he’s in a sling for the next several days. Hopefully, he’ll respond pretty good to treatment and be ready to go come opening weekend.” MAKING PROGRESS Holbrook was much more pleased with his team’s play in practices and scrimmages this past week than he was after the first week of workouts. He saw progress at the plate, on the mound and defensively. “We just needed to make some improvements and we did. Much better at-bats for the most part and played better defense. We’re not perfect by any stretch right now, but we did have some good improvement and did some good things,” he said. “We needed to play a little bit and practice with a little more sense of urgency and heightened awareness, and all of those things we talk about around here daily, and we did that this week.” NEWCOMERS IMPRESSING Several veterans are playing well in the preseason, but some newcomers are also impressing Holbrook. USC’s coach mentioned freshman first baseman Riley Hogan, freshman pitcher Sawyer Bridges and junior college transfer infielder Justin Row as pleasant surprises. “Riley Hogan really played well this weekend. He swung the bat extremely well. He’s got a bright future, obviously, in our program. Sawyer Bridges threw the ball exceptionally well. His velocity is up a tick from how he performed in the fall. ... Justin Row continues to make an impact. He’s a good offensive player. He can play a number of positions. He handles the bat well. We’re getting to see him play a little bit more now that he’s healthy and he’s made a positive impression,” Holbrook said. NO DECISION YET Juniors Clarke Schmidt and Wil Crowe continue to battle for South Carolina’s Friday starting pitching job. Schmidt started on Friday last season, while Crowe did so for the first half of the 2015 season before being sidelined with an injury. Both righties have said it’s their goal to open the season as the Friday starter. Schmidt in particular pitched well this past Friday. Holbrook said he could make his decision early this week or after the two throw in one more scrimmage. “Clarke was probably as dominant as I’ve seen him here on Friday. A very, very clean outing with terrific velocity and great command of his off-speed pitches. He was flawless. Wil threw fine. ... I can’t go wrong. They’re both terrific,” Holbrook said. “Clarke and Wil are 1 and 1A. I’m just going to get in a room by myself and turn out the lights and make a decision, I guess. You know what, if I pick Wil or Clarke, I picked the right one. That gives me some peace at night.”
  23. Johnson & Schmidt Earn D1Baseball Preseason All-America Accolades Gamecock right-handers continue to receive preseason honors Feb. 6, 2017 COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina junior right-hander Tyler Johnson and junior right-hander Clarke Schmidt earned Preseason All-America accolades as announced by D1Baseball on Monday afternoon. Johnson was a first-team selection with Schmidt earning second-team selection honors. South Carolina opens the 2017 season on Friday, Feb. 17 hosting UNCG. Last season, Johnson went 3-2 with a 2.42 ERA and had nine saves. Johnson struck out 59 to just eight walks in 52.0 innings in 29 relief appearances. Eight of Johnson’s nine saves were in league play, the most by any SEC pitcher. Johnson pitched on USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team over the summer. Schmidt earned third-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA last year after going 9-5 with a 3.40 ERA. He struck out 129 batters to 27 walks in 111.1 innings pitched with opponents hitting .248 against him. Schmidt’s 129 strikeouts are the second-highest among returning pitchers from last season in Division I baseball. Five Gamecocks have received Preseason All-America honors this year. Schmidt was also honored by Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA and Perfect Game with Johnson a preseason first-team selection by Perfect Game and the NCBWA, senior left-hander Josh Reagan honored by Collegiate Baseball, junior Alex Destino recognized on the NCBWA Preseason All-America team and junior right-hander Wil Crowe a third-team choice by Baseball America.
  24. Gamecocks hire away Charleston Southern baseball coach Jan. 27, 2017 A familiar face is returning to South Carolina’s baseball program. Stuart Lake, who served as a volunteer assistant for the Gamecocks from 1999-2002, has been named USC’s Coordinator of Baseball Administration and Director of Player Development, South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook announced Thursday. Lake takes over his role at South Carolina after serving as Charleston Southern’s head coach for the past eight seasons. Adam Ward was named CSU’s interim head coach. At USC, Lake replaces administrative coordinator Katherine Brown. In his new job with the Gamecocks, Lake’s responsibilities will include coordinating game day and practice needs for the coaches and players and incorporating technology to enhance South Carolina’s player development. “I am honored that Coach Holbrook and his staff and players have given me this opportunity,” Lake said in a release. “The exciting part of this opportunity is that I get to return home to a Gamecock program that I love so much. I will get to work with the coaches and players daily in one of the best baseball programs in the country. I am truly honored by this opportunity and I can’t wait to go to work alongside our great staff.” Lake has 18 years of experience as a college coach, beginning his career at USC under Ray Tanner. In his first stint with the Gamecocks he coached the outfielders, served as the first base coach and worked with hitters. Lake previously served as an assistant at The Citadel, Ole Miss and College of Charleston before becoming the head coach at Charleston Southern. “Stuart is a terrific baseball person that will bring a wealth of experience to our program,” Holbrook said. “He has eight years of experience as a head coach and he was a tremendous assistant to Coach Tanner and Gamecock baseball in the early 2000s. In addition to being the head coach at Charleston Southern, Stuart also spent time as an assistant coach at Ole Miss and is certainly familiar with the SEC. Stuart will play a prominent role going forward in the day-to-day operation of our program. His responsibilities will include on-campus recruiting, direct liaison to our former players, scouting of opponents, and sharing his vast experiences and knowledge with our current players. He will be a tremendous asset to myself and all of our coaches. We are very excited to have him.” The Gamecocks begin preseason scrimmages Friday and open the season Feb. 17. USC hosts Charleston Southern on March 22. IF YOU GO What: USC baseball team scrimmages Where: Founders Park When: Friday, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m.. Also: Scrimmages are free and open to the public.

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