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  1. Gamecocks Fall In Rubber Game At LSU 7-6 In 10 Innings Gamecocks are 27-19 and 11-13 in the SEC GCF Staff Report May 7, 2017 Box Score BATON ROUGE, LA. – Antoine Duplantis’ one-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted 11th ranked LSU to a 7-6 win over 25th ranked South Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium in the rubber game of the weekend series. The Gamecocks are 27-19 and 11-13 in the SEC with LSU 32-16 and 15-9 in league play. (MORE)
  2. Gamecocks Travels To Baton Rouge To Face LSU Gamecocks are 26-17 and 10-11 in the SEC GCF Staff Report May 04, 2017 No. 25 South Carolina at No. 11 LSU Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Friday May 5/Saturday May 6/Sunday May 7 First Pitch: 8 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET/3 p.m. ET Location: Baton Rouge, La. Stadium: Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field Television/Video: SEC Network Plus/SEC Network/ESPN (Dave Neal and Chris Burke) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP Friday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 4-4, 3.56 ERA, 68.1 IP, 22 BB, 63 SO LSU - Alex Lange (Jr. RHP) 5-4, 3.31 ERA, 65.1 IP, 26 BB, 86 SO Saturday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 3-3, 2.30 ERA, 54.2 IP, 28 BB, 62 SO LSU - Jared Poche' (Sr. LHP) 7-3, 3.55 ERA, 66.0 IP, 16 BB, 46 SO Sunday South Carolina -- TBA LSU - Eric Walker (Fr. RHP) 5-1, 3.69 ERA, 61.0 IP, 14 BB, 52 SO RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked No. 25 in the nation this week's Collegiate Baseball Top 30 as well as No. 32 in this week's NCAA RPI released on Monday.
  3. Gamecocks Fall 5-2 At LSU Rubber game set for Sunday at 3 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium and it will be televised live on ESPN GCF Staff Report May 6, 2017 Box Score BATON ROUGE, LA. – LSU scored three runs in the fifth inning and added two more in the sixth as the 11th ranked Tigers defeated 25th ranked South Carolina 5-2 on Saturday night to even the series at Alex Box Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 27-18 and 11-12 in the SEC with LSU 31-16 and 14-9 in league play. (MORE)
  4. Gamecocks Travels To Baton Rouge To Face LSU Gamecocks are 26-17 and 10-11 in the SEC GCF Staff Report May 04, 2017 No. 25 South Carolina at No. 11 LSU Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Friday May 5/Saturday May 6/Sunday May 7 First Pitch: 8 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET/3 p.m. ET Location: Baton Rouge, La. Stadium: Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field Television/Video: SEC Network Plus/SEC Network/ESPN (Dave Neal and Chris Burke) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP Friday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 4-4, 3.56 ERA, 68.1 IP, 22 BB, 63 SO LSU - Alex Lange (Jr. RHP) 5-4, 3.31 ERA, 65.1 IP, 26 BB, 86 SO Saturday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 3-3, 2.30 ERA, 54.2 IP, 28 BB, 62 SO LSU - Jared Poche' (Sr. LHP) 7-3, 3.55 ERA, 66.0 IP, 16 BB, 46 SO Sunday South Carolina -- TBA LSU - Eric Walker (Fr. RHP) 5-1, 3.69 ERA, 61.0 IP, 14 BB, 52 SO RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked No. 25 in the nation this week's Collegiate Baseball Top 30 as well as No. 32 in this week's NCAA RPI released on Monday.
  5. Gamecocks Hold On For 3-2 Win At LSU LHP Josh Reagan earns fifth win of the season GCF Staff Report May 06, 2017 Box Score BATON ROUGE, LA. – A three-run second inning and 4.2 scoreless innings of relief by Josh Reagan and Tyler Johnson highlighted a 3-2 win for 25th ranked South Carolina over 11th ranked LSU on Friday night at Alex Box Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 27-17 and 11-11 in the SEC with LSU now 30-16 and 13-9 in league play. (MORE)
  6. Gamecocks Travels To Baton Rouge To Face LSU Gamecocks are 26-17 and 10-11 in the SEC GCF Staff Report May 04, 2017 No. 25 South Carolina at No. 11 LSU Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Friday May 5/Saturday May 6/Sunday May 7 First Pitch: 8 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET/3 p.m. ET Location: Baton Rouge, La. Stadium: Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field Television/Video: SEC Network Plus/SEC Network/ESPN (Dave Neal and Chris Burke) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP Friday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 4-4, 3.56 ERA, 68.1 IP, 22 BB, 63 SO LSU - Alex Lange (Jr. RHP) 5-4, 3.31 ERA, 65.1 IP, 26 BB, 86 SO Saturday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 3-3, 2.30 ERA, 54.2 IP, 28 BB, 62 SO LSU - Jared Poche' (Sr. LHP) 7-3, 3.55 ERA, 66.0 IP, 16 BB, 46 SO Sunday South Carolina -- TBA LSU - Eric Walker (Fr. RHP) 5-1, 3.69 ERA, 61.0 IP, 14 BB, 52 SO RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked No. 25 in the nation this week's Collegiate Baseball Top 30 as well as No. 32 in this week's NCAA RPI released on Monday.
  7. The story behind South Carolina’s new haircuts May 04, 2017 South Carolina is hoping new hairdos will help the Gamecocks turn their season around down the stretch. Several USC players were sporting new looks for Wednesday’s game against Wofford with some shaving their heads and others going with a mohawk. South Carolina has dropped five straight SEC series for the first time in school history and is hoping to change that trend around this weekend at LSU. “Just weird superstitious baseball players trying to switch things up,” USC junior Alex Destino said. “We’re a weird group of guys, no doubt. Just something fun. We had a fun time with it in the locker room.” Last week Gamecocks outfielder T.J. Hopkins showed up in Destino’s room with a shaved head. Destino, who was in a slump, decided he would switch up his haircut as well and went to Founders Park and shaved his head. By the start of Wednesday’s game against Wofford, most of the team had joined in with new looks. Freshman Carlos Cortes served as the barber for most of the haircuts. “Carlos is all right at it so we just stuck with him. He kind of looked like he knew what he was doing a little bit,” outfielder Jacob Olson said. “We’re just doing it to have a good time and stay loose.” Freshman Riley Hogan was reluctant but eventually let Cortes give him a mohawk. Hogan hit his first career homer in the win over the Terriers. “I like my hair. There’s not a lot of people I’d let have my hair but I let him have it,” Hogan said. “It’s been a long season. We’re just trying to have some fun.” The new-look Alex Destino Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-baseball/article148605219.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE
  8. Gamecocks Hosts Wofford On Wednesday Night First pitch at 7 p.m. at Founders Park GCF Staff Report May 02, 2017 Wofford at No. 25 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Date: Wednesday May 3 First Pitch: 7 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley and Trey Dyson) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina (25-17) is back in action on Wednesday hosting Wofford (24-23) at Founders Park. First pitch is 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network Plus and can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.” RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked No. 25 in the nation this week’s Collegiate Baseball Top 30 as well as No. 32 in this week’s NCAA RPI released on Monday.
  9. Top 25 Matchup At Founders Park As Carolina Hosts Kentucky This Weekend The Gamecocks are 24-15 and 9-9 in the SEC GCF Staff Report April 27, 2017 No. 6 Kentucky at No. 21 South Carolina Listen Live / Live State /@GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Friday April 28/Saturday April 29/Sunday April 30 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 and Trey Dyson) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) PROBABLE WEEKEND ROTATION Friday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 4-3, 3.25 ERA, 63.2 IP, 19 BB, 59 SO Kentucky - Sean Hjelle (So. RHP) 6-2, 4.02 ERA, 62.2 IP, 16 BB, 57 SO Saturday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 2-3, 2.36 ERA, 49.2 IP, 25 BB, 57 SO Kentucky -Zach Logue (Jr. LHP) 5-3, 4.20 ERA, 60.0 IP, 13 BB, 55 SO Sunday South Carolina -- TBA Kentucky - Justin Lewis (So. RHP) 6-2, 2.82 ERA, 60.2 IP, 14 BB, 45 SO RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked in four of the six major polls this week. The Gamecocks are No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball and in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 24 by Perfect Game and No. 27 by the NCBWA.
  10. Top 25 Matchup At Founders Park As Carolina Hosts Kentucky This Weekend The Gamecocks are 24-15 and 9-9 in the SEC GCF Staff Report April 27, 2017 No. 6 Kentucky at No. 21 South Carolina Listen Live / Live State /@GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Friday April 28/Saturday April 29/Sunday April 30 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 and Trey Dyson) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) PROBABLE WEEKEND ROTATION Friday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 4-3, 3.25 ERA, 63.2 IP, 19 BB, 59 SO Kentucky - Sean Hjelle (So. RHP) 6-2, 4.02 ERA, 62.2 IP, 16 BB, 57 SO Saturday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 2-3, 2.36 ERA, 49.2 IP, 25 BB, 57 SO Kentucky -Zach Logue (Jr. LHP) 5-3, 4.20 ERA, 60.0 IP, 13 BB, 55 SO Sunday South Carolina -- TBA Kentucky - Justin Lewis (So. RHP) 6-2, 2.82 ERA, 60.2 IP, 14 BB, 45 SO RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked in four of the six major polls this week. The Gamecocks are No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball and in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 24 by Perfect Game and No. 27 by the NCBWA.
  11. Top 25 Matchup At Founders Park As Carolina Hosts Kentucky This Weekend The Gamecocks are 24-15 and 9-9 in the SEC GCF Staff Report April 27, 2017 No. 6 Kentucky at No. 21 South Carolina Listen Live / Live State /@GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Friday April 28/Saturday April 29/Sunday April 30 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 and Trey Dyson) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) PROBABLE WEEKEND ROTATION Friday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 4-3, 3.25 ERA, 63.2 IP, 19 BB, 59 SO Kentucky - Sean Hjelle (So. RHP) 6-2, 4.02 ERA, 62.2 IP, 16 BB, 57 SO Saturday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 2-3, 2.36 ERA, 49.2 IP, 25 BB, 57 SO Kentucky -Zach Logue (Jr. LHP) 5-3, 4.20 ERA, 60.0 IP, 13 BB, 55 SO Sunday South Carolina -- TBA Kentucky - Justin Lewis (So. RHP) 6-2, 2.82 ERA, 60.2 IP, 14 BB, 45 SO RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked in four of the six major polls this week. The Gamecocks are No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball and in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 24 by Perfect Game and No. 27 by the NCBWA.
  12. Holbrook apologizes to USC fans for comments as he seeks support for team April 26, 2017 South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook, in an interview Tuesday on 107.5 The Game, apologized to Gamecocks fans for a comment he made after a game last week. Following last Tuesday’s win over Davidson, Holbrook was previewing the upcoming Florida series and said to the media, “Sometimes we’ve got less people on the road yelling at our players than we do at home.” The comment was a reaction to a USC fan making an inappropriate remark toward third baseman Jonah Bride during the matchup with the Wildcats.. Holbrook said Tuesday that he should have ignored the comment and thanked South Carolina fans for everything they do for the program. “I want to apologize to our fans,” Holbrook said. “South Carolina baseball is successful because of the home-field advantage that we have, because of the fans and the atmosphere that is created at Founders Park.” He added that recruiting benefits greatly from the crowds at home games. The Gamecocks are unranked by D1Baseball and Baseball America after opening the season in the top five but are still averaging more than 7,000 fans per game. “When I walk a recruit through Founders Park and I sit down and talk with them, all I talk with them about is the fans they get to play in front of, the sold out stadiums, the atmosphere here at Founders Park,” Holbrook said. “All that’s created because of the loyal following that we have. I just want to apologize to those folks. Our fans are terrific. We don’t win without them.” Holbrook also said that he is hopeful the fans will help South Carolina turn this season around. The Gamecocks host Kentucky, the SEC East leaders, in a three-game series this weekend. The Wildcats are three games ahead of USC in the division entering Game 1 on Friday. “As we’re in the fight of our lives right here to finish this season strong and get on top of the SEC standings we’re going to need their help. We’re going to need them in the stands, and we’re going to need that passion that is synonymous with South Carolina baseball,” Holbrook said. “I hope like crazy they’ll fill those seats and come cheer for these kids because we’ve got good boys. We’ve got good kids that have worked extremely hard. We’ve had some bad luck here and there. We’ve had some tough losses. But everything is still in front of us, and we need our fans to help push us over the top and help get us there.” THE STATE
  13. Clarke Schmidt To Miss Remainder Of 2017 Season With Right Elbow Injury MRI reveals torn ulnar collateral ligament to his right elbow April 25, 2017 Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina junior right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt will miss the remainder of the 2017 season after an MRI revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament to his right elbow. Surgery date has yet to be determined. “This is obviously tough news for Clarke and everyone associated with our baseball program,” said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. “Clarke is a special kid with a bright future in front of him and our program will be with him every step of the way. He has been an incredible representative of our university and baseball program and I'm sure he will make a full recovery. I have no doubt he will achieve his goal and dream of pitching in the Major Leagues." CLARKE SCHMIDT’S BIO 2017 - Named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List ... Schmidt went 4-2 with a 1.34 ERA in nine starts … He allowed only 15 runs, nine earned, on 41 hits in 60.1 innings with 70 strikeouts to 18 walks and opponents batting .194 against him … Schmidt ranks second in the SEC in ERA, third in opposing batting average, sixth in strikeouts and tied for 10th in innings pitched … He has 39 strikeouts to eight walks in 34.1 innings in SEC play with a 1.57 ERA in conference contests … Schmidt’s league ERA is third-best with his opponents .191 batting average sixth-best and his 39 league strikeouts tied for sixth-highest … Allowed five runs, two earned, on five hits in eight innings with a walk and 11 strikeouts in 7-4 loss to Mississippi State (4/14) ... No-decision in 5-3 loss to Vanderbilt (4/7); allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts ... Eight scoreless innings with just five hits allowed, three walks and 10 strikeouts to earn win in 7-0 victory at Auburn (4/1) ... No-decision in 4-2 win vs. Alabama after allowing one run on three hits in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts (3/26) ... Improved to 3-0 after allowing just two runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings with no walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts in 3-2 win over Michigan State (3/10) ... Improved to 2-0 with a win in 2-0 victory at Clemson (3/3); 5.2 scoreless with just four hits allowed, seven walks and five strikeouts ... No-decision in 4-3 win over Wright State (2/24); allowed three runs, all unearned, on four hits in 6.1 innings with a walk and 11 strikeouts ... Allowed just one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 6.2 innings to earn a win in 7-1 victory over UNCG on Opening Day (2/17). 2016 - Earned third-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors ... Named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List ... Named to College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List ... Made 18 appearances with 17 starts, 9-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 111.1 innings, allowed 50 runs, 42 earned, on 107 hits with 27 walks and 129 strikeouts, opponents hit .248 against him ... Won ninth game of the year in a win in 10-5 win at Kentucky (5/6); allowed five runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings with a walk and seven strikeouts ... Quality start in 5-4 loss to Florida (4/29); allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings ... Improved to 8-1 with second career complete game allowing one run on five hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts in a career-high nine innings in 3-1 win at Georgia (4/15) ... Earned seventh win of the season allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits in six innings with three walks and 10 strikeouts in 7-6 win over Tennessee (4/8) ... Pitched first career complete game in 6-3 loss at Vanderbilt (3/31); allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits in eight innings with a walk and nine strikeouts ... Improved to 6-0 with win in 5-1 victory at Ole Miss (3/24); allowed one run on nine hits in 6.2 innings with eight strikeouts ... Improved to 5-0 with win in 10-6 victory over Arkansas (3/18); allowed four runs on nine hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts ... Improved to 4-0 throwing 7.1 scoreless innings with just four hits allowed, no walks and nine strikeouts in 9-0 win over Charleston Southern (3/11) ... Improved to 3-0 with a career-high eight inning and nine strikeouts, did not allow a run and allowed just five hits in 8-1 win over Clemson (3/4); named SEC Pitcher of the Week and won the Tom Price Award as MVP for the Gamecocks in the Clemson series ... Seven scoreless innings to improve to 2-0 on the year with just one hit allowed and one walk while striking out eight in 7-1 win over Penn State (2/26) ... Allowed one run on three hits in six innings of work with four walks and six strikeouts to earn first win of the season in 10-1 victory over Albany (2/19). 2015 - Made 18 appearances with 10 starts, went 2-2 with a 4.81 ERA in 58.0 innings, allowed 37 runs, 31 earned, on 70 hits with 20 walks and 55 strikeouts ... Allowed two runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings while striking out four and walking one in 3-2 win over Vanderbilt (4/18) ... One scoreless inning of relief in 7-4 loss to Presbyterian (4/14) ... Allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in four innings in 4-2 win vs. The Citadel (4/8) ... Worked five-plus innings and allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in 8-5 win over Georgia (3/29) ... 6.2 innings and seven strikeouts, allowed two runs on four hits in 6-4 win over Kentucky (3/15) ... First career start in 5-3 win over Miami (Ohio) (3/8); allowed two runs, both unearned, on two hits in 4.2 innings with two walks and four strikeouts ... One scoreless inning of relief in 4-1 win vs. Clemson (2/28) ... Improved to 2-0 with 2.1 innings of relief, allowed one run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 6-4 win over Northeastern (2/22) ... First career win with 4.2 scoreless innings of relief in 5-2 win over Furman (2/17); allowed just four hits and no walks with three strikeouts ... One perfect inning of relief with a strikeout in 6-3 loss to College of Charleston (2/13).
  14. If there is a road back to Omaha for USC, it just got longer April 25, 2017 South Carolina’s season was always going to be judged on what happens in the NCAA Tournament. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is USC’s path to having a successful postseason run. The Gamecocks were in everybody’s preseason top 5, but with four SEC series remaining, they are unranked by Baseball America and D1Baseball, the two major polls in the sport. Barring a bad collapse down the stretch, USC should be in the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks have a top 25 RPI and a pitching staff that remains one of the best in the SEC. But barring an incredible run the final few weeks of the season, the Gamecocks will not be hosting the NCAA Tournament at Founders Park. South Carolina will likely have to win several postseason games away from home to reach its goal of returning to the College World Series for the first time since 2012. As of last week, D1Baseball and Baseball America had USC as a No. 2 seed in a regional at Wake Forest. If that projection holds true, the Gamecocks will have to survive a four-team regional in Winston-Salem before likely facing off against a top eight national seed on the road. South Carolina is capable of winning games and going on a run in the NCAA Tournament. In a lot of ways, this team is built for postseason success. USC has three strong starting pitchers in Clarke Schimdt, Wil Crowe and Adam Hill and a lights out closer in Tyler Johnson. The Gamecocks have also played strong defense for much of the season, and pitching and defense can take you far in the postseason. But the Gamecocks are also a team that appears to be fragile after losing another series in heartbreaking fashion over the weekend. South Carolina has dropped five series this season, including four against teams currently ranked in the D1Baseball top 10. USC has series losses to No. 3 Clemson, No. 7 Auburn, No. 9 Florida and No. 10 Mississippi State. In the matchups with Clemson and Auburn, South Carolina had a lead in the rubber match of the series with two outs in the ninth before giving up home runs. Against Florida, South Carolina led 5-3 in the rubber match in the eighth before giving up a grand slam. Against Mississippi State, the Gamecocks allowed five unearned runs in a 7-4 loss to open the series and blew a seventh-inning lead a day later before earning a win in Game 3. In USC’s other series loss, at home against Vanderbilt, the Gamecocks led with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 2 before blowing the lead and dropping the series 2-1. You can argue that South Carolina has outplayed its opponent in each of the past four SEC series. The Gamecocks have no series wins during that time to show for it. USC’s biggest issue has been blowing late leads. Entering this season, South Carolina was 321-6 the past eight years when leading after the eighth inning. In 2017, the Gamecocks are 23-3. USC did not lose a game more than once when leading after the eighth inning from 2009-2016, and twice during that stretch did not lose a game the entire year when leading after the eighth inning. To be fair, South Carolina did not have its closer available in any of the three such losses this season. If Johnson would have been available and closed out the games, and USC had two more wins right now, it would also have two more series wins against strong opponents. In that case, the Gamecocks would either own a series win over Clemson and would be 10-8 in the SEC, or USC would be 11-7 in the SEC entering this weekend and getting ready to play Kentucky for control of the SEC East. Has South Carolina been hurt by bad luck and injuries that will eventually even out and allow the Gamecocks to go on a run? Or is this another disappointing season under coach Chad Holbrook that will end well short of expectations? It’s too early to judge right now. We will find out in June. THE STATE
  15. Gamecock Baseball Notebook Gamecocks are 24-15 and 9-9 in the SEC GCF Staff Report April 23, 2017 South Carolina is 24-15 and 9-9 in the SEC. The Gamecocks are tied for third in the SEC Eastern Division and tied for eighth overall in the league. Record: 24-15 SEC: 9-9 Home: 17-9 Away: 7-4 Neutral: 0-1 Last Week: 2-2 4/18/17 – Davidson – W, 3-2 4/20/17 – at Florida – L, 1-0 4/21/17 – at Florida – W, 4-2 4/22/17 – at Florida – L, 7-5 NOTES: South Carolina has only lost two games this year by four or more runs. 13 of South Carolina’s 18 SEC games have been decided by three runs or less this year. The Gamecocks are 4-9 in those contests. (MORE)
  16. Gamecocks Falls 7-5 At Florida In Rubber Game Of Series Gamecocks are 24-15 and 9-9 in the SEC GCF Staff Report April 22, 2017 Box Score GAINESVILLE, FLA. – No. 18 South Carolina led No. 9 Florida 5-3 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, but a grand slam homer by JJ Schwarz lifted the Gators to a 7-5 win on Saturday at McKethan Stadium in the rubber game of a three-game SEC baseball series. South Carolina is now 24-15 and 9-9 in the SEC with Florida 27-13 and 10-8 in league play. (MORE)
  17. ‘Stay the course’ is Ray Tanner’s advice to Chad Holbrook in tough South Carolina baseball stretch April 23, 2017 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Another frustrating weekend has come and gone for South Carolina baseball, with another pair of close losses costing the Gamecocks a weekend series win at Florida. It’s been a recurring theme, with South Carolina losing by 2 runs or less in 12 of its 15 losses. Athletics director Ray Tanner understands the challenge of a long baseball season, especially in SEC play, and said his conversations with Gamecocks coach Chad Holbrook through the bad breaks and tough, close losses have been simple. “It’s stay the course,” Tanner said Friday after the USC board of trustees meeting. “You’ve got a really good team. You’ve gotta hope you get some of those close ones back. That’s really all you can do.” The comments from Tanner came after South Carolina lost 1-0 in series opener at Florida on Thursday. The Gamecocks came back to win Saturday, 4-2, before dropping in heartbreaking fashion after Florida hit an eighth-inning grand slam to turn what looked to be a 5-3 South Carolina win into a 7-5 Florida win. The Gamecocks have battled their share of injuries this season, with closer Tyler Johnson missing more than a month with soreness in his right arm and center fielder TJ Hopkins battling an ongoing quad issue. But through it all, Tanner is quick to remind that there’s still plenty of time to see some of the close losses turn into wins. “Baseball is a long season,” said Tanner, who coached South Carolina baseball for 16 seasons. “It’s a grind. You are going to lose some close games. You hope you get them back. [Holbrook] is going down the backstretch right now in the last [12] SEC games. He’s had a lot of close losses. He has been missing some personnel. Hopkins has been out. He has got Tyler back in there now. Hopefully, things can change.” SECCOUNTRY
  18. Gamecocks Begins Series At Florida On Thursday Night Both teams enter with 8-7 records in the SEC GCF Staff Report April 19, 2017 No. 18 South Carolina at No. 9 Florida Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Thursday April 20/Friday April 21/Saturday April 22 First Pitch: 7:30 p.m./7 p.m./Noon Location: Gainesville, Fla. Stadium: McKethan Stadium Television/Video: ESPNU/SEC Network/ESPN2 (Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson and Chris Burke) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina (23-13, 8-7 SEC) heads on the road for a three-game conference series at Florida (25-12, 8-7 SEC). Thursday’s first pitch is 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU with Friday’s game at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network and Saturday’s series finale at Noon on ESPN2. All three games will also be available on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.” PITCHING ROTATION Thursday South Carolina - Clarke Schmidt (Jr. RHP) 4-1, 1.31 ERA, 55.0 IP, 15 BB, 68 SO Florida - Alex Faedo (Jr. RHP) 5-1, 2.84 ERA, 57.0 IP, 16 BB, 68 SO Friday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 3-3, 3.49 ERA, 56.2 IP, 19 BB, 56 SO Florida - Brady Singer (So. RHP) 4-2, 1.68 ERA, 64.1 IP, 15 BB, 55 SO Saturday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 2-3, 2.14 ERA, 46.1 IP, 21 BB, 55 SO Florida - Jackson Kowar (So. RHP) 6-0, 3.51 ERA, 51.1 IP, 25 BB, 43 SO RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked in all, but one of the major polls. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 18 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 20 by Perfect Game, No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 23 by the NCBWA and No. 24 by D1Baseball. In addition, South Carolina is No. 22 in the RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Monday morning. Florida is ranked No. 9 by Perfect Game, No. 10 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 12 by D1Baseball, No. 13 by the NCBWA, No. 15 by Baseball America and No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball.
  19. Gamecocks Even Series With 4-2 Win At Florida RHP Wil Crowe earns the win in Gamecock victory GCF Staff Report April 21, 2017 Box Score GAINESVILLE, FLA. – Junior right-hander Wil Crowe allowed just one run in seven-plus innings of work and freshman outfielder Carlos Cortes hit his fifth homer of the year as 18th ranked South Carolina defeated 9th ranked Florida 4-2 on Friday night at McKethan Stadium to even the series. The Gamecocks are 24-14 and 9-8 in the SEC with Florida 26-13 and 9-8 in league play. (MORE)
  20. Gamecocks Falls 1-0 To Florida Gamecocks and Gators back in action on Friday night at 7 p.m. GCF Staff Report April 20, 2017 Box Score GAINESVILLE, FLA. – Alex Faedo pitched 8.2 scoreless innings and a two-out RBI single by Keenan Bell in the bottom of the fifth inning was enough to lift ninth ranked Florida to a 1-0 win over 18th ranked South Carolina on Thursday night at McKethan Stadium. Florida is 26-12 and 9-7 in the SEC with South Carolina dropping to 23-14 and 8-8 in league play. (MORE)
  21. Gamecocks Begins Series At Florida On Thursday Night Both teams enter with 8-7 records in the SEC GCF Staff Report April 19, 2017 No. 18 South Carolina at No. 9 Florida Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Thursday April 20/Friday April 21/Saturday April 22 First Pitch: 7:30 p.m./7 p.m./Noon Location: Gainesville, Fla. Stadium: McKethan Stadium Television/Video: ESPNU/SEC Network/ESPN2 (Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson and Chris Burke) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina (23-13, 8-7 SEC) heads on the road for a three-game conference series at Florida (25-12, 8-7 SEC). Thursday’s first pitch is 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU with Friday’s game at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network and Saturday’s series finale at Noon on ESPN2. All three games will also be available on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.” PITCHING ROTATION Thursday South Carolina - Clarke Schmidt (Jr. RHP) 4-1, 1.31 ERA, 55.0 IP, 15 BB, 68 SO Florida - Alex Faedo (Jr. RHP) 5-1, 2.84 ERA, 57.0 IP, 16 BB, 68 SO Friday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 3-3, 3.49 ERA, 56.2 IP, 19 BB, 56 SO Florida - Brady Singer (So. RHP) 4-2, 1.68 ERA, 64.1 IP, 15 BB, 55 SO Saturday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 2-3, 2.14 ERA, 46.1 IP, 21 BB, 55 SO Florida - Jackson Kowar (So. RHP) 6-0, 3.51 ERA, 51.1 IP, 25 BB, 43 SO RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked in all, but one of the major polls. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 18 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 20 by Perfect Game, No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 23 by the NCBWA and No. 24 by D1Baseball. In addition, South Carolina is No. 22 in the RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Monday morning. Florida is ranked No. 9 by Perfect Game, No. 10 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 12 by D1Baseball, No. 13 by the NCBWA, No. 15 by Baseball America and No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball.
  22. Gamecocks Begins Series At Florida On Thursday Night Both teams enter with 8-7 records in the SEC GCF Staff Report April 19, 2017 No. 18 South Carolina at No. 9 Florida Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Thursday April 20/Friday April 21/Saturday April 22 First Pitch: 7:30 p.m./7 p.m./Noon Location: Gainesville, Fla. Stadium: McKethan Stadium Television/Video: ESPNU/SEC Network/ESPN2 (Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson and Chris Burke) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina (23-13, 8-7 SEC) heads on the road for a three-game conference series at Florida (25-12, 8-7 SEC). Thursday’s first pitch is 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU with Friday’s game at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network and Saturday’s series finale at Noon on ESPN2. All three games will also be available on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.” PITCHING ROTATION Thursday South Carolina - Clarke Schmidt (Jr. RHP) 4-1, 1.31 ERA, 55.0 IP, 15 BB, 68 SO Florida - Alex Faedo (Jr. RHP) 5-1, 2.84 ERA, 57.0 IP, 16 BB, 68 SO Friday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 3-3, 3.49 ERA, 56.2 IP, 19 BB, 56 SO Florida - Brady Singer (So. RHP) 4-2, 1.68 ERA, 64.1 IP, 15 BB, 55 SO Saturday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 2-3, 2.14 ERA, 46.1 IP, 21 BB, 55 SO Florida - Jackson Kowar (So. RHP) 6-0, 3.51 ERA, 51.1 IP, 25 BB, 43 SO RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked in all, but one of the major polls. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 18 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 20 by Perfect Game, No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 23 by the NCBWA and No. 24 by D1Baseball. In addition, South Carolina is No. 22 in the RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Monday morning. Florida is ranked No. 9 by Perfect Game, No. 10 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 12 by D1Baseball, No. 13 by the NCBWA, No. 15 by Baseball America and No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball.
  23. Gamecocks Hosts Davidson On Tuesday Night First pitch at 7 p.m. at Founders Park GCF Staff Report April 17, 2017 Davidson at No. 18 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Date: Tuesday April 18 First Pitch: 7 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley and Trey Dyson) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) Freshman right-hander Cody Morris is the scheduled starter for South Carolina on Tuesday. He is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA. RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked in most of the major polls. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 18 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 20 by Perfect Game, No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 24 by D1Baseball. In addition, South Carolina is No. 22 in the RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Monday morning.
  24. Gamecocks drop out of Baseball America Top 25 April 17, 2017 For the first time this season South Carolina is unranked in the Baseball America Top 25. The Gamecocks opened the season in the top five before dropping slowly over the past few weeks as they lost three consecutive SEC series. USC is ranked No. 24 in the D1Baseball Top 25, while the NCAA RPI has South Carolina at No. 22. The Gamecocks lost two of three games to Mississippi State over the weekend and are 8-7 in the SEC at the halfway point of the conference season. USC travels to Florida for a three-game series beginning Thursday before hosting Kentucky in a three-game series next weekend. The Gators are tied with South Carolina for second place in the SEC East, while Kentucky is atop the SEC East standings at 10-5. Carolina is tied for sixth overall in the SEC with Arkansas leading the way with an 11-4 record. South Carolina hosts Davidson on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-baseball/article145027939.html#storylink=cpy
  25. Gamecock Baseball Notebook The Gamecocks are 22-13 on the year with an 8-7 record in the SEC GCF Staff Report April 17, 2017 South Carolina is 22-13 and 8-7 in the SEC after going 1-3 last week. The Gamecocks are tied for second in the SEC Eastern Division and tied for sixth overall in the league. (MORE)
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