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  1. This time it’s personal: Tanner has tough decision to make on Holbrook May 30, 2017 Let’s be honest. Most days South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner’s job is a gravy train with biscuit wheels. He goes to work in a gleaming new building, from which he can survey more gleaming new buildings. He heads an organization that makes almost more money than an SEC football coach can spend. He works with people who are pleasant, dedicated and diligent. He is paid handsomely to attend the events that Gamecocks fans pay handsomely themselves to see. His job is what many people dream their retirement might be for most weeks of the year. This is not one of those weeks, though. Soon, Tanner must make a difficult decision. South Carolina’s baseball program is on shaky soil. The Gamecocks entered the SEC Tournament as the 11th seed in a 12-team field after finishing 13-17 in SEC regular season games. They exited the tournament Saturday, falling 11-0 to LSU in the semifinals to go 3-2 in the tournament. They did surprise some by winning games against Vanderbilt, Missouri and Kentucky after an earlier loss to Kentucky. After starting the year ranked in the preseason top five nationally, they finished 35-25 overall and were left out of the NCAA Tournament. It is the second time in three years that coach Chad Holbrook’s team failed to make the national postseason. For a program that measures itself by College World Series appearances and results, not making the 64-team field is unacceptable. So Tanner has to decide whether he is going to make what should be the toughest call any athletics director has to make – firing a coach. It should always be a difficult decision considering all the lives affected, but it’s especially tough for Tanner. He spent 16 years on that same dugout step (metaphorically at least) that Holbrook stands on now. He coached the Gamecocks to back-to-back national titles in the sport before handing over the reins to Holbrook. And that’s not the hardest part for Tanner. The hard part is his relationship with Holbrook. He hired him in 2009 to be his top assistant coach. He immediately promoted him to the job of head coach when he became athletics director in 2012. He knows his family. He knows all the repercussions and the people his decision would affect. It is a gut-wrenching and important personal decision, but, let’s be honest again, it’s not an important professional decision – at least not in the sense that it will affect Tanner’s ability to thrive or wilt in his profession. If Tanner keeps Holbrook, there will be grumbling. If the Gamecocks don’t mount a remarkable bounceback next season, which seems a tall task considering all that will have to be replaced from this team, fans will say, “I told you so.” If Tanner fires Holbrook, fans will nod sagely and say, “He made the right decision,” and then be very excited for a while about who the new coach will be. And then do you know what will happen? Then everyone will forget about it because it will be August again and that means football season. Tanner can fire Holbrook, keep Holbrook, do whatever he wants with Holbrook, and it won’t affect his job status. SEC athletic directors don’t get fired because of what the baseball program does. They rise and fall with their football coaches. That means that no matter how much closer personally Tanner might be with Holbrook, he is tied professionally to football coach Will Muschamp. The success of the baseball program has been a wonderful shot of self-esteem for the South Carolina fan base. It has provided some of the most exhilarating moments in the school’s athletics history, and it has served as a significant inspiration for some of the school’s other sports teams, including football. What it does not have the power to do is supplant football as the “one thing Ray Tanner must get right to keep his job.” Tanner’s position this week is not enviable, but his position into the future also is neither weakened nor strengthened no matter what decision he makes. THE STATE
  2. South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook discusses his future May 28, 2017 South Carolina baseball made an impressive run in Hoover in the past few days, winning three games in the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2004. But now two key questions remain: Was it enough to get the Gamecocks into the NCAA Tournament and was it enough to secure coach Chad Holbrook’s job? “That’s not for me to decide,” Holbrook said. “That’s not for me to discuss. I’ve been lucky to be the head baseball coach at South Carolina. I stand by our success here. I certainly love the opportunity to coach the Gamecocks, but that’s not my decision. That’s for others to decide.” The Gamecocks completed the regular season and conference tournament with a 35-25 record. They finished well in Hoover, a necessity to revive their postseason chances. But if the Gamecocks are left out of the field, Holbrook’s squad will have missed the NCAA Tournament twice in three seasons after making it in 15 straight seasons. It has been a frustrating season for Holbrook and the Gamecocks, who lost their final eight straight SEC series. South Carolina was hit by the injury bug, most notably missing ace Clarke Schmidt and closer Tyler Johnson for stretches. USC lost a bevy of close games in late innings, coming within a pitch or an out of multiple series wins. Earlier this spring, athletic director Ray Tanner said his advice to Holbrook was to stay the course. “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. … Hopefully, things can change.” Holbrook has been at the helm for five seasons in Columbia, taking over after Tanner retired. He has led the Gamecocks to two Super Regional appearances and an SEC East championship in 2016.
  3. Season over: Gamecocks miss out on NCAA tournament May 29, 2017 A strong showing in Hoover was not enough to sneak South Carolina into the NCAA tournament. The Gamecocks will not be a part of the postseason for the second time in three years after making it 15 consecutive years before that. USC was a bubble team entering Monday due to a 13-17 SEC record, a No. 32 RPI and a No. 10 strength of schedule. With an RPI of 32, South Carolina is the highest RPI team to not make the NCAA tournament. The Gamecocks, Miami, UConn and Old Dominion were the first four teams left out of the field, according to ESPN and the NCAA. Losing eight consecutive series to close the year ultimately cost South Carolina. The Gamecocks finish the season 35-25.
  4. TJ Hopkins’ clutch homer helps South Carolina baseball knock off Kentucky May 26, 2017 Late Thursday night, TJ Hopkins picked up his phone and sent a message to South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook. The sophomore outfielder told his coach that he had a bad game in the Gamecocks’ 10-2 win against Missouri, but felt good and wanted to change his fortunes Friday against Kentucky. “He said, ‘Coach, put me in there and I’ll help you win,’” Holbrook said on SEC Now. When the starting lineup came out, Hopkins’ name wasn’t in it. But he still had the biggest swing of the day, coming on the seventh inning to lift a three-run homer to lift South Carolina (35-24) to a 3-1 win against the No. 3-seeded Wildcats to advance to play in the SEC Tournament semifinals. “It speaks volumes,” said closer Tyler Johnson on SEC Network. “It goes a long way. I said before I came down here and we came down here that we played every team close. Track record showed that. We’re showing it now. Hopefully, we can continue it and put good games under our belt.” Suddenly, South Carolina’s once seemingly dead NCAA Tournament hopes appear much more alive after USC won three games in Hoover, Ala., for the first time since 2004. It has been a wild few days for the Gamecocks, who went into Hoover having lost eight straight SEC series. But in the past four days, South Carolina has won three games, all against higher seeds. The Gamecocks opened the tournament with a 7-4 win against Vanderbilt, before falling to Kentucky 7-2 on Wednesday. A 10-2 win against Missouri on Thursday kept the Gamecocks alive, as did Friday’s win on a game-changing, seventh-inning swing from Hopkins. The swing came against dynamo Kentucky reliever Logan Salow, who struck out 10 Gamecocks in 4.2 innings less than a month earlier in Columbia. “He’s got a really good slider,” Hopkins said on SEC Now. “He was very effective against us when we played them in the regular season at home. I kept that in the back of my mind. I tried to hit the ball the other way. It was 2-0 and he hung one and I got the bat head out in front.” Alex Destino led off the seventh by battling for a walk, as his impressive SEC Tournament continued. Christian Flint came to pinch run for Destino, advancing to second on a well-placed Jonah Bride sacrifice bunt. The Gamecocks put two on as Kentucky third baseman Luke Becker, who had three errors in the game, couldn’t cleanly come up with a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Jacob Olson, who dove into first ahead of Becker’s throw. That set the stage for Hopkins, who pinch hit for catcher Hunter Taylor. The sophomore outfielder took two pitches from Salow, working into a 2-0 count before turning on a low pitch and sending it barely over the wall in left field. South Carolina couldn’t crack Kentucky starter Justin Lewis until the sixth, when second baseman Justin Row perfectly executed a hit-and-run through the right side to put a pair of runners on base. The Gamecocks couldn’t take advantage, though, as Salow came on to strike out hot-hitting Carlos Cortes and induced an inning-ending Riley Hogan groundout. Adam Hill put together an impressive start, striking out six in six innings and allowing three hits and one run. Kentucky took a 1-0 lead early, as the first two runners of the game reached, with Tristian Pompey singling off Hill to lead off the game and Evan White reaching base as Olson couldn’t find a high fly ball in the afternoon sun. Becker drove in the first run of the game on an RBI groundout, but that was all for Kentucky. Hill pitched out of a jam in the fifth, getting a strikeout and pumping his fist with two runners in scoring position. Relievers Josh Reagan, Reed Scott and Johnson finished out the game, shutting down the potent Kentucky offense for the final three innings. Johnson came on with one down and one on in the ninth to close out the game three days after throwing more than 70 pitches against Vanderbilt. But on an afternoon with just two hits, one swing from Hopkins proved enough for the Gamecocks to keep playing baseball for another day. “I didn’t put him in there,” Holbrook said. “He helped us win anyway. It was a neat deal. What’s next for South Carolina baseball South Carolina will face LSU at 1 p.m. Saturday. Line score SECCOUNTRY
  5. Staying alive: Cortes, Crowe power Gamecocks past Missouri in Hoover May 25, 2017 HOOVER, ALA.- South Carolina’s recent power surge continued Thursday afternoon against Missouri as the Gamecocks blasted four home runs in a 10-2 victory over the Tigers to avoid elimination in the SEC tournament. Carlos Cortes hit a pair of three-run homers and Alex Destino and Jonah Bride each hit solo shots as the Gamecocks kept their season alive with the win. This marks the first time South Carolina (34-24) has won two games in the SEC tournament since 2007. USC will face the loser of Kentucky and LSU at 4 p.m. Friday in another elimination game. Wil Crowe (6-5) got the start on the mound for the Gamecocks and made big pitches when he needed to when the game was still within reach. The junior held Missouri to one run in six innings of work and struck out nine. USC led 2-0 in the third inning when the Tigers loaded the bases with two outs and had leading hitter Brett Bond at the plate, but Crowe struck the catcher out swinging to end the frame. In the fourth inning Missouri had runners on the corners with one out and was trailing 3-0 when Alex Samples was inches away from hitting a tying homer. Instead the ball went off the top of the wall and only scored a run. Crowe then got a shallow popup and a strikeout with two in scoring position to end the frame. It was all South Carolina from that point forward. Cortes hit a three-run homer to right that left the stadium in the fifth inning to push USC’s lead to 6-1. Then in the sixth inning Justin Row hit an RBI single and Cortes followed with another three-run bomb to give the Gamecocks at 10-1 lead. USC has now hit seven homers in three SEC tournament games. The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the ninth inning off USC reliever Graham Lawson to finish off the scoring. THE STATE
  6. South Carolina baseball falls to Kentucky in SEC Tournament May 24, 2017 South Carolina baseball is one game away from elimination in the SEC Tournament. The Gamecocks fell 7-2 to No. 3-seeded Kentucky on Wednesday, leaving the Gamecocks down to their final stand as they push for any shot at making the NCAA Tournament. A three-run, bases-clearing double from Kentucky’s Evan White in the sixth inning blew the game open for the Wildcats, who already led 3-2 going into the frame. South Carolina started out hot, exactly as it did against Vanderbilt on Tuesday in a 7-4 win in extra innings. The Gamecocks scored twice in the third, loading the bases with a walk, an intentional walk and a bloop single. Alex Destino, who had a clutch two-run double in the 11th inning on Tuesday, lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score TJ Hopkins for the first run of the game. Jonah Bride followed suit with a two-out single to left to score Carlos Cortes and give starter Cody Morris an early 2-0 lead. The Wildcats came back strong offensively, as the best-hitting team in the SEC throughout the season has done time and time again. The Wildcats got leadoff singles in the third, scoring a run on a groundout. Morris appeared to be out of the inning when he got a groundout to second, but the ball scooted under Justin Row’s glove and into the outfield for the tying run. Kentucky took the lead an inning later on a mammoth Kole Cottam hole run over the 405-foot sign in dead center field. UK tacked on three more to break the game open with a pair of singles and a hit by pitch before White roped a John Parke pitch into right center field to empty the bases. The Gamecocks allowed another run thanks to a throwing error from pitcher Graham Lawson in the eighth inning on a sacrifice bunt attempt, leading to Marcus Carson racing all the way around from first to score. What’s next for South Carolina baseball South Carolina will face the loser of Missouri-LSU at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday. Line score
  7. Gamecocks Advance At SEC Tournament With 7-4 Win Vs. Vanderbilt Gamecocks to face Kentucky on Wednesday at 10:30 AM ET GCF Staff Report May 23, 2017 Box Score HOOVER, ALA. – A two-out walk to Riley Hogan with the bases loaded followed by a two-run double from Alex Destino helped lift South Carolina to a 7-4 win over Vanderbilt in 11 innings on Tuesday in an elimination game at the 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament. Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson pitched a season-high 4.1 scoreless innings of relief and struck out a season-high eight to earn the win. The Gamecocks are now 33-23 with Vanderbilt 33-22-1 on the year. (MORE)
  8. Gamecocks Head To Hoover For SEC Tournament Gamecocks & Commodores set for action on Tuesday morning GCF Staff Report May 22, 2017 South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Date: Tuesday May 23 First Pitch: 10:30 a.m. ET Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium Television/Video: SEC Network (Dave Neal, Gabe Gross and Kris Budden) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody)
  9. Chad Holbrook on South Carolina's Hoover struggles: Time to turn that trend around May 22, 2017 South Carolina baseball coach at Holbrook isn't sure why his team traditionally struggles of the SEC Tournament but hopes to change that history with an NCAA Tournament spot in the balance.
  10. Gamecocks Host Georgia In Final Regular Season Series Senior Day set for Friday at Founders Park GCF Staff Report May 17, 2017 Georgia at No. 30 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Thursday May 18/Friday May 19/Sunday May 20 First Pitch: 7 p.m./7 p.m./3 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: Thursday & Friday - SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley and Trey Dyson); Saturday – SEC Network (Dave Neal and Mike Rooney) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP Thursday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 5-4, 3.50 ERA, 79.2 IP, 27 BB, 72 SO Georgia - Andrew Gist (Sr. LHP) 2-4, 4.13 ERA, 65.1 IP, 18 BB, 74 SO Friday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 3-5, 3.11 ERA, 66.2 IP, 33 BB, 75 SO Georgia -Kevin Smith (So. LHP) 4-5, 5.17 ERA, 54.0 IP, 26 BB, 62 SO Saturday South Carolina – TBA Georgia - TBA RANKINGS For the second consecutive week, South Carolina is ranked No. 30 in the nation the Collegiate Baseball Top 30. The Gamecocks are also No. 30 in this week’s NCAA RPI released on Monday. RECAP South Carolina is 31-21 and 12-15 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have played 25 of 52 games this year vs. RPI Top 50 teams with 10 Top 50 RPI wins. The 10 RPI Top 50 wins ties for eighth-most among SEC schools. The Gamecocks are fourth in the SEC Eastern Division and 10th in the league with three SEC games remaining.
  11. Q: If this year’s baseball team doesn’t make the NCAA Tournament – and that would be the second time in three seasons – will Chad Holbrook be back as head coach? A: I’m not going to answer that, but I’ll tell you that baseball is not any different than any of our other sports in that at the end of the season you always have an evaluation with your coaches. That kind of talk is premature; there’s still a lot of baseball left this season. Q: When you went from baseball coach to AD in 2012 the model for a move like that was LSU’s Skip Bertman, who, like you, won some College World Series titles before they made him AD. And Skip eventually had to fire his successor, Smoke Laval, before looking to the Midwest for another coach, Paul Mainieri, who led LSU back to a national title. Have you talked with Skip about that stuff recently? A: I have not talked to him about my job as it relates to our baseball program. I’ve talked to him about the AD role and he’s shared some things with me – some things he did right and some things he did wrong. He shared some important nuggets. He cares about me as a person and the role I’m in and I’m extremely grateful for that. http://www.postandco...8062aca547.html
  12. Gamecocks Host Georgia In Final Regular Season Series Senior Day set for Friday at Founders Park GCF Staff Report May 17, 2017 Georgia at No. 30 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Thursday May 18/Friday May 19/Sunday May 20 First Pitch: 7 p.m./7 p.m./3 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Stadium: Founders Park Television/Video: Thursday & Friday - SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley and Trey Dyson); Saturday – SEC Network (Dave Neal and Mike Rooney) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP Thursday South Carolina - Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 5-4, 3.50 ERA, 79.2 IP, 27 BB, 72 SO Georgia - Andrew Gist (Sr. LHP) 2-4, 4.13 ERA, 65.1 IP, 18 BB, 74 SO Friday South Carolina - Adam Hill (So. RHP) 3-5, 3.11 ERA, 66.2 IP, 33 BB, 75 SO Georgia -Kevin Smith (So. LHP) 4-5, 5.17 ERA, 54.0 IP, 26 BB, 62 SO Saturday South Carolina – TBA Georgia - TBA RANKINGS For the second consecutive week, South Carolina is ranked No. 30 in the nation the Collegiate Baseball Top 30. The Gamecocks are also No. 30 in this week’s NCAA RPI released on Monday. RECAP South Carolina is 31-21 and 12-15 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have played 25 of 52 games this year vs. RPI Top 50 teams with 10 Top 50 RPI wins. The 10 RPI Top 50 wins ties for eighth-most among SEC schools. The Gamecocks are fourth in the SEC Eastern Division and 10th in the league with three SEC games remaining.
  13. FAQ: Where things stand with the USC baseball team MAY 15, 2017 BY SPORTSTALK Chad Holbrook’s team is in danger of missing the postseason for the second time in three years. (file photo). A USC baseball season that started with a top five ranking and visions of a College World Series run has spiraled into a season of blown leads, painful losses and, perhaps, no postseason bid. Let’s get you caught up on what has happened, where things stand and what could be looming in the not so distant future for the Gamecock baseball program. Where do things stand right now with the USC baseball team? Well, seven straight series losses in the SEC has USC staring down the barrel of not earning a postseason trip for the 2nd time in three seasons. The latest setback at Missouri dropped them to 30-21 and 12-15 in the SEC. Yikes, what is left on the schedule? USC has four games left on the schedule, all at home. Tuesday night they host USC Upstate, then they close out the regular season with an SEC series against Georgia that runs Thursday to Saturday. They should win those, right? Upstate should be a win. Georgia has been pretty bad this season, but they have actually been playing well lately. Two weeks ago the won a series against SEC East leader Kentucky and last weekend they took two of three against SEC West front runner Mississippi State. Given the fact the Gamecocks aren’t playing with a lot of confidence and haven’t won an SEC series in two months, it is anything but a given they will take the series against the Bulldogs. What needs to happen for this team to make the postseason? Well, probably a 4-0 week to close out the regular season for starters. No worse than 3-1. Then they will have to go to Hoover and make some noise in the SEC Tournament. As in winning two, probably three games in Hoover kind of noise. Usually it takes 16 regular season SEC wins to feel comfortable about a postseason bid. Teams can get in with 15, but it often takes some help and that aforementioned good run in Hoover. So do the Gamecocks play well in Hoover? Traditionally, the Gamecocks have played very poorly in Hoover. How in the hell did this happen? Yeah, that is a great question. It is a multi-pronged answer. First, the lineup has not produced consistently. Scoring runs has been a major issue for this team all season. The thought was solid pitching would negate this deficiency. However, Clarke Schmidt suffered two injuries that cost him time; the last one the season ending ligament damage he suffered in a 1-0 loss at Florida. Closer Tyler Johnson also spent a significant amount of time on the disabled list and has not been as dominate since he returned. Wil Crowe has been solid, Adam Hill decent and Josh Reagan has been very good out of the bullpen. That said, the staff as a whole, has not lived up to expectations and it has compounded the issues at the plate. Oh, and this team has lost seven games this season when they were leading in the 7th inning. Had they found a way to win even three of those games this discussion isn’t happening. Those sure do sounds like excuses, man. Well, baseball is… Don’t give me the baseball is a funny game line! You’ve defended this program. Do you still think people are overreacting? Okay, okay. No, I don’t think people were overreacting to be alarmed and upset this team is in danger of missing the postseason for the second time in three years. That is a legit gripe and concern. I did think it was silly for people to write the team off in March and April because there was still a lot of baseball to be played. Well, now that baseball has been played and the results speak for themselves. So you admit Chad Holbrook it to blame? He’s the head coach. The buck always stops with the head coach. He has to answer for the wins and the losses. What specifically do you think he’s done wrong? It is easy to nitpick a baseball coach when things are going poorly. I’ve said many times I don’t think Chad Holbrook is a bad coach. Do I agree with every move he’s made? Of course not. Answer my question. What has he done wrong this season? First, I think the outside noise from the fans has seeped into his program and he’s had a hard time snuffing that out. That’s probably easier said than done. Winning is the best cure for that, but at some point you have to tune out those critics. Taking the shot at the fans before the Florida series was a bad choice. He apologized, but the damage was done. In terms of coaching calls? I think the Seth Beer homer could be viewed as the turning point in the season. That was the first of a bunch of crushing losses. I don’t think you pitch to him there with a base open. Also, I don’t have a problem with bunting, but the fact of the matter is there are a lot of guys that seem to struggle to execute a bunt when called upon to do so. It’s one thing to give up an out to advance a runner, it is another just to give up an out. Sunday against Missouri is a prime example. With two on and no one out Jonah Bride is up. With a 3-1 count he attempts a bunt and pops out. Bride is one of the best hitters on the team and he has a hitters count. I didn’t like it. That said, none of these are fireable offenses. I think everyone on that Gamecock team is pressing right now, including Holbrook. Is there any hope left for this season? There’s always hope, right? The team has been in about every game its played this season so you would think they are due to pull a few out. However, at some point you are what you are and we may have reached that point with this team. If USC misses the postseason do you think Holbrook is fired? Here’s what Ray Tanner told the Charleston Post and Courier when he was asked if he would make a change if the Gamecocks failed to make the postseason. Keep in mind this was before they series loss to Missouri. There’s no question Ray Tanner hears the grumbling for USC fans. He understands the nature of the job, obviously. He lived it. That said, Tanner knows that another missed postseason will only further sour the mood around a program that has long been the crown jewel at South Carolina. He may still have confidence in Holbrook, but the fan base does not. Fair or not, that is the reality. Unlike last season when fans were unjustly jumping on a team that was competing at a high level, this year’s team has underachieved. That said, I still don’t think Tanner would make the move to fire Holbrook, but I would expect some changes to be made within the program. Something has to give when the results don’t com
  14. Gamecock Baseball Notebook The Gamecocks are 30-21 and 12-15 in the SEC GCF Staff Report May 15, 2017 South Carolina is 30-21 and 12-15 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have played 25 of 51 games this year vs. RPI Top 50 teams with 10 Top 50 RPI wins. The 10 RPI Top 50 wins ties for eighth-most among SEC schools. The Gamecocks are fourth in the SEC Eastern Division and 10th in the league with three SEC games remaining. (MORE)
  15. Gamecock Baseball Notebook The Gamecocks are 30-21 and 12-15 in the SEC GCF Staff Report May 15, 2017 South Carolina is 30-21 and 12-15 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have played 25 of 51 games this year vs. RPI Top 50 teams with 10 Top 50 RPI wins. The 10 RPI Top 50 wins ties for eighth-most among SEC schools. The Gamecocks are fourth in the SEC Eastern Division and 10th in the league with three SEC games remaining. (MORE)
  16. Gamecocks Drop Rubber Game 5-3 At Missouri Gamecocks return home on Tuesday night to host USC Upstate GCF Staff Report May 14, 2017 Box Score COLUMBIA, MO. – Missouri rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat 30th ranked South Carolina 5-3 on Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of a three-game SEC baseball series. Missouri is now 31-21 and 11-16 in the SEC with Carolina now 30-21 and 12-15 in league play. (MORE)
  17. Gamecocks Travel To Missouri This Weekend Gamecocks are 29-19 and 11-13 in the SEC GCF Staff Report May 11, 2017 No. 30 South Carolina at Missouri Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Friday May 12/Saturday May 13/Sunday May 14 First Pitch: 7:30 p.m. ET/3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. ET Location: Columbia, Mo. Stadium: Taylor Stadium Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Ben Arnet, Tim Jamieson and Beau Baehman) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked No. 30 in the nation this week’s Collegiate Baseball Top 30 as well as No. 26 in this week’s NCAA RPI released on Monday.
  18. Gamecocks Fall 5-3 At Missouri Carlos Cortes & Jacob Olson homer in Carolina loss GCF Staff Report May 13, 2017 Box Score COLUMBIA, MO. – Tanner Houck struck out 10 batters and hurled a complete game as Missouri defeated 30th ranked South Carolina 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Stadium. Jacob Olson and Carlos Cortes each homered for the Gamecocks in the loss. Missouri is now 30-21 and 10-16 in the SEC with the Gamecocks now 30-20 and 12-14 in league play. (MORE)
  19. Gamecocks Travel To Missouri This Weekend Gamecocks are 29-19 and 11-13 in the SEC GCF Staff Report May 11, 2017 No. 30 South Carolina at Missouri Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Friday May 12/Saturday May 13/Sunday May 14 First Pitch: 7:30 p.m. ET/3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. ET Location: Columbia, Mo. Stadium: Taylor Stadium Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Ben Arnet, Tim Jamieson and Beau Baehman) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked No. 30 in the nation this week’s Collegiate Baseball Top 30 as well as No. 26 in this week’s NCAA RPI released on Monday.
  20. Gamecocks Defeats Missouri 4-3 In Series Opener Wil Crowe earns win with seven innings of quality work GCF Staff Report May 12, 2017 Box Score COLUMBIA, MO. -- Jonah Bride broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning and right-hander Wil Crowe tied a season-high with nine strikeouts in seven innings of work as 30th ranked South Carolina defeated Missouri 4-3 on Friday night at Taylor Stadium. The Gamecocks are 30-19 and 12-13 in the SEC with the Tigers dropping to 29-21 and 9-16 in league play. (MORE)
  21. Gamecocks Travel To Missouri This Weekend Gamecocks are 29-19 and 11-13 in the SEC GCF Staff Report May 11, 2017 No. 30 South Carolina at Missouri Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Dates: Friday May 12/Saturday May 13/Sunday May 14 First Pitch: 7:30 p.m. ET/3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. ET Location: Columbia, Mo. Stadium: Taylor Stadium Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Ben Arnet, Tim Jamieson and Beau Baehman) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Derek Scott and Tommy Moody) RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked No. 30 in the nation this week’s Collegiate Baseball Top 30 as well as No. 26 in this week’s NCAA RPI released on Monday.
  22. Gamecocks still projected to make NCAA Tournament May 11, 2017 South Carolina has dropped six straight SEC series, but D1Baseball and Baseball America still have the Gamecocks making the NCAA Tournament in their latest projections. D1Baseball has USC as a No. 3 seed playing in the Winston Salem, N.C., Regional along with No. 1 seed Wake Forest, No. 2 seed Maryland and No. 4 seed UNC Wilmington. In its projections D1Baseball has the winner of the Winston Salem Regional meeting the winner of the Corvallis Regional, which features Oregon State. The Beavers are projected as the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. Baseball America also has South Carolina slated to play in the Winston Salem, N.C., Regional as a No. 3 seed with the Demon Deacons as the No. 1 seed, South Florida the No. 2 seed and Liberty the No. 4 seed. In Baseball America’s projections the winner of the Winston Salem regional would face the winner of the Gainesville, Fla., Regional featuring No. 3 overall seed Florida. The Gamecocks host Liberty Wednesday night before beginning a three-game series with Missouri on Friday. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-baseball/article149762519.html#storylink=cpy
  23. Gamecocks Hosts Liberty On Wednesday NightSeason ticket holders are asked to bring the ticket from the Sunday Michigan State game for entry GCF Staff Report May 10, 2017 Liberty at No. 30 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Date: Wednesday May 10 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) RANKINGS South Carolina is ranked No. 30 in the nation this week's Collegiate Baseball Top 30 as well as No. 26 in this week's NCAA RPI released on Monday. PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP Wednesday South Carolina - Colby Lee (Fr. RHP) 2-0, 4.34 ERA, 18.2 IP, 8 BB, 17 SO Liberty - Zach Clinton (So. RHP) 1-1, 2.53 ERA, 21.1 IP, 9 BB, 18 SO
  24. Gamecocks Hosts Presbyterian On Tuesday Night First pitch at 7 p.m. at Founders Park GCF Staff Report May 06, 2017 Presbyterian at No. 30 South Carolina Listen Live / Live Stats / @GamecockBasebll / Game Notes GAME INFORMATION Date: Tuesday May 9 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)
  25. What USC baseball must do to make the NCAA Tournament May 09, 2017 With nine games remaining in the regular season, South Carolina has little to no margin of error in its quest to make the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks are 27-19 overall and 11-13 in the SEC with three midweek games and two SEC series remaining. South Carolina has an RPI of 26, which is working in its favor. The Gamecocks also have the No. 2 strength of schedule in the country and have 10 RPI top 50 wins. Only 12 teams in the country have more top 50 wins than USC. Also working in South Carolina’s favor is that it hasn’t been swept all season, despite playing one of the toughest schedules in the country. But there are also factors working against USC. The Gamecocks have not won a weekend series since late March, dropping six straight, and USC’s two SEC series wins are against Alabama and Tennessee, two of the three worst teams in the league. Having a strong RPI helps as far as making the NCAA Tournament, but there is no magic number that guarantees postseason play. North Carolina had a top 20 RPI in 2016 but was left out of the tournament because of its struggles in the ACC. The Tar Heels finished 13-17 in the ACC and did not make the conference tournament before being told on selection Monday that they were the last team left out of the field. So what does South Carolina need to do to avoid falling into the same boat as UNC? First, the Gamecocks need to take care of business in midweek games. USC faces Presbyterian College on Tuesday, Liberty on Wednesday and USC Upstate next week. PC has an RPI of 170, while USC Upstate’s is 250. A loss to either of those teams and Carolina’s RPI would take a hit. Liberty has an RPI of 56, making a win over the Flames helpful for South Carolina’s resume. In SEC play, the Gamecocks face Missouri this weekend and Georgia next weekend. USC needs to go 4-2 in those games at worst and get to at least 15-15 in conference play. The Tigers enter this weekend’s series having lost seven of their past eight SEC games, and Missouri hasn’t won a series since early April against Georgia. The Bulldogs got off to a horrific start to the season and have struggled throughout but did shock Kentucky by winning two out of three games in Lexington over the weekend. Still, with the series at home, South Carolina should be favored. If the Gamecocks can finish the regular season 34-21 (15-15), they will like their chances. Even if USC does have an early exit at the SEC Tournament, its numbers would likely be good enough to get into the NCAA Tournament. “I think they’re OK if they win these next two series,” Michael Lananna of Baseball America said. “It seems like the magic number for an SEC team is to have 15 wins in SEC play and have an RPI in the top 30. That usually gets the job done.” If USC can find a way to get at least one sweep over the next two weekends and win both series, the Gamecocks should clinch a spot in the field. At 16-14 or 17-13 in the SEC, USC should be locked in. But if USC finishes less than .500 in SEC play, the Gamecocks will likely be on the outside looking in come selection Monday unless they are able to make a deep run at the SEC Tournament in Hoover. SEC STANDINGS East CONF CONF % OVERALL HOME ROAD Florida 16-8 .667 35-13 24-6 10-7 Kentucky 15-9 .625 32-16 21-5 10-10 Vanderbilt 12-11 .522 29-18 18-11 10-7 South Carolina 11-13 .458 27-19 19-11 8-6 Missouri 9-15 .375 29-20 15-12 9-6 Tennessee 7-15 .318 24-19 13-10 8-9 Georgia 7-17 .292 19-29 11-18 8-11 West CONF CONF % OVERALL HOME ROAD Mississippi State 16-8 .667 32-17 22-8 9-8 LSU 15-9 .625 32-16 23-6 7-8 Arkansas 14-9 .609 35-13 24-5 8-6 Texas A&M 14-10 .583 34-15 23-8 10-5 Auburn 14-10 .583 32-17 21-12 10-5 Ole Miss 11-13 .458 29-20 22-7 5-9 Alabama 5-19 .208 18-29 13-19 5-9 Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-baseball/article149378994.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE

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