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  1. Berryhill blast gives Gamecocks chance to win SEC series April 20, 2019 South Carolina ended a two-game SEC losing streak and gave itself a chance for its first series win in conference play this year by beating No. 7 Texas A&M 3-2 in Founders Park on Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks (23-15, 5-11 SEC) will take on the Aggies (27-12, 9-6-1) at 4 p.m. in the final game of the series. The game will be televised by SEC Network. Both Saturday games will be seven-inning games. Luke Berryhill’s three-run home run in the bottom of the first powered South Carolina to a 3-0 lead. The Aggies got two runs back in the top of the second. Sophomore starter T.J. Shook of Irmo got the victory. Freshman closer Brett Kerry got his fifth save of the season. It was South Carolina’s second win over top 20 team in the last week. The Gamecocks beat No. 17 North Carolina 5-2 on Tuesday.
  2. Baseball 4/19/2019 Severe Weather Postpones Friday's Baseball Game vs. Texas A&M The two teams will play two seven-inning games Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. COLUMBIA – Friday night's baseball game between South Carolina and Texas A&M has been postponed due to severe weather hitting Columbia in the afternoon and evening. The teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20 to close out the series. Per SEC policy, both games will be seven innings as it is the final day of the series. Game one will start at noon and be streamed on SEC Network +. Game two will begin at 4 p.m. and will be televised on SEC Network.TICKET INFORMATIONTicket holders who have Friday April 19th reserved tickets will be able to sit in their seats for the 12 pm game until the game concludes and then move to the BILO Berm/SRO areas. Ticket holders who have Saturday April 20th reserved tickets can come in for the 12 pm game and go to the BILO Berm/SRO areas and then move into their seats when the 4pm game begins. PROMOTIONS UPDATEDue to the change in game schedules, there have been changes to the Year of the Kids promotions. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin when gates open for Game 1 (10:30 a.m). Easter Eggs filled with prizes will be hidden throughout Founders Park for fans to find. A limited number of clear bags will be distributed at Gate 1 for the Easter Egg Hunt. Following Game 2, kids 12 and under will be able to participate in Future Scholars Kids Run the Bases. Texas A&M at South CarolinaGame 1 – Saturday, April 20 at 12 p.m. (SEC Network +)Game 2 – Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m. (SEC Network)
  3. Home run parade, strong pitching push Gamecocks to series-tying win over Florida April 12, 2019 An uncharacteristically rough outing for its pitcher and lackluster hitting with runners in scoring position sunk South Carolina in its series opener against Florida on Thursday. A career-best outing from its pitcher and a much-needed power surge helped USC even the series Friday, as the Gamecocks slugged their way past UF, 6-3. All told, Carolina (21-14, 4-10 SEC) connected for four home runs on the evening, its most in conference play this year. Sophomore catcher Luke Berryhill had a two-run blast in the third, preceded by a solo shot from junior shortstop George Callil and followed by two more solo blasts from junior third baseman Quinntin Perez and senior first baseman Chris Cullen in the fourth. Those homers backed up a quality start from redshirt freshman pitcher Cam Tringali, who went a career-high six innings while striking out three, walking none and giving up four hits. Tringali’s only earned run allowed came after he exited in the seventh inning after giving up a leadoff single in the seventh. Florida then loaded the bases with two outs off a single and walk against freshman reliever Wesley Sweatt, and Sweatt was then pulled for freshman reliever Brett Kerry, who gave up a run on an infield single. South Carolina’s only run that did not come off a long ball was in the second, as senior right fielder Jacob Olson smacked a double that ricocheted off the third baseman’s glove and into foul territory, then made it to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single from Cullen. Kerry ran into trouble in the eight, giving up a single and walk to start the inning before battling back to record two outs. Florida, however, responded with a single and double to push two runs across. Kerry also faced trouble in the ninth with runners on second and third and two outs, but he rallied with a strikeout to close out the win.
  4. POSTED ON APRIL 3, 2019 by THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | Can last night’s upset win over #3 NC State lead to a mid-season resurgence for the Gamecocks? Chris breaks down the Gamecocks win over NC State and what it means for USC’s season moving forward.
  5. Olson's Walk-Off Home Run Lifts Carolina Past No. 3 N.C. State With Video, Stats & More Jacob Olson's third multi-home run games gives the Gamecocks their fourth walk-off win of the year. April 03, 2019 CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The University of South Carolina baseball team walked off No. 3 North Carolina State on Jacob Olson's second home run of the game and 11th of the season in a 10-8 victory Tuesday night (April 2) at BB&T Ballpark. (CLICK TO VIEW)
  6. APRIL 1, 2019 by THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | After losing two of three to Auburn, is making the postseason still a realistic possibility? Chris breaks down the Gamecocks series loss to Auburn and what postseason chances look like after a 2-7 start in SEC play.
  7. FINAL: CAROLINA 10 - N.C. STATE 8 247sports / April 03, 2019 By John Whittle BOTTOM 9 - New RHP Cameron Cotter, a freshman, comes in. Gets Callil to bounce out to short. Hopkins goes behind in the count 1-2. Hopkins almost killed a pitcher, but ball sneaks right past Cotter's head and gets into center. Runner on first, Luke Berryhill up. He hits a chopper to short. Hopkins is cut down, but Berryhill is safe. Olson takes a big cut at a 1-0 fastball, but misses, but doesn't miss the next one. Walk-off home run. It was 394 feet. FINAL: Carolina 10 - NCSU 8 TOP 9 - Debo up, and he goes down swinging at a 92 mph fastball on the outside corner. Nice pitch. Sweatt goes behind 2-1, but brings it back to 2-2 on a swing and a miss fastball by Tresh. He singles to deep short, then moves to second on a bunt hit by Mensik. Perfect bunt took everyone off guard. Sweatt has no play. Butler up and on a 1-1 pitch, he swings and misses at a fastball. Sweatt's fastball seems to have some sink on it from up here. Maybe I'm wrong. Allen tracks a fly ball to left center for the final out of the inning. Man. Score tied 8-8. BOTTOM 8 - Olson goes down looking at strike three. Jenkins goes down looking, too, at a 93 mph fastball low and inside. Perfect pitch there, seems like. Cullen lines a single to left center and Jacob English will come in to pinch run. Brady Allen now walked intentionally. Andrew Eyster will pinch hit for Neville. Baker Nelson will come in to pitch now. Eyster goes ahead in the count 2-1, all breaking balls. Then a fastball inside. Takes another breaking ball, this one for a strike. He throws a fastball way outside and in the dirt. Brewer will run for Eyster. New lefty Evan Justice comes in, and he throws two out of the zone. Now 3-0, now 3-1. Campbell hits a rocket, but Vazquez makes a really, really nice leaping catch. He moved to his right and timed his jump well. That ball had two RBIs written all over it. But its still tied 8-8. TOP 8 - Gilreath issues a leadoff walk, then falls behind 2-0, and he passes the ball to Wesley Sweatt. He throws two balls to issue the walk, which goes to Gilreath. Then he falls behind 2-0 and gives up a line drive to right center. Hopkins fumbles the ball and that allows a second run to score. Tie ball game now. Yuck. Two errors charged to TJ Hopkins on the play - one for the bobble and another for the throw into the infield, that got away from Chris Cullen allowing Wilson to third. Fly out to shallow left. Infield still in with one down. Edwards strikes out, then McDonough flies out to center to end the inning. Score tied 8-8 (CLICK TO VIEW FULL CONTENT)
  8. Gamecocks blank No. 15 Auburn to even SEC series March 30, 2019 The Gamecocks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 blanking of Auburn at Founders Park. For a while, Jenkins was all the offense Carolina (17-10, 2-6 SEC) needed. The redshirt freshman’s solo home run in the second inning was just enough cushion for Reid Morgan. Carolina’s most trusted arm delivered in a big way against the nation’s 15th-ranked team. Morgan logged an efficient seven-plus shutout innings, allowing five hits, recording four strikeouts and walking one over 96 pitches. The junior at one point retired 18 of 20 batters. It was a noteworthy performance after Morgan failed to get past the sixth inning in his two previous SEC starts. It was also needed due to his Auburn counterpart. After relying on ace Tanner Burns in a 4-2 win Friday night, the Tigers brought Brooks Fuller — and his 1.62 ERA — to the mound 18 hours later. When the lefty exited after walking Jacob Olson to lead off the sixth, USC was clinging to a 1-0 lead. The advantage jumped to 4-0 by the frame’s end as the Gamecocks had their patience rewarded. Following Olson’s walk, Luke Berryhill did the same and then Chris Cullen moved them both over with a sacrifice bunt. Brady Allen then walked to load the bases for Jenkins. A different tale from his second inning at-bat, Jenkins traded power for a weak grounder to the pitcher. But Auburn reliever Elliott Anderson air-mailed a throw to first, allowing both Berryhill and Olson to score. A passed ball later brought Allen home, making if official: The Gamecocks scored three runs in the sixth without recording a hit. Auburn dropped to 21-6 (5-3 SEC). The Tigers threatened Morgan in sixth (runner stranded at third base) and seventh (runners left at first and second), but they couldn’t crack the native Texan. He exited in the eighth to a standing ovation.
  9. Gamecocks can’t rally past No. 15 Auburn, drops to 1-6 in SEC play March 29, 2019 Daniel Lloyd, the latest South Carolina pitcher to get his crack at a Friday night start, not only set down Auburn in order, he did it with style. Swinging, looking, swinging. Three Tigers, three strikeouts. Lloyd, a freshman, was touching 93 mph on the Founders Park radar gun, perhaps a sign this chilly USC team was going to heat up after all. But by the middle of the second inning, some momentum had worn off. The 15th-ranked Tigers had strung together enough hits to put pressure on the USC offense the rest of the evening. There was only so much Lloyd could do without a ton of support. South Carolina’s lineup struggles continued in a 4-2 loss to Auburn. The Gamecocks (16-10, 1-6 SEC) got a two-run homer from Noah Campbell, but not much else against Auburn ace Tanner Burns. Regarded as one of the top arms in the country, Burns came as advertised in helping the Tigers improve to 21-5 (5-2 SEC). The right-hander allowed four hits, two runs and stuck out seven batters over 6 2/3 innings. Burns, a sophomore, was making his 24th straight start to his Auburn career. Lloyd was making just his third. The Summerville native did his job, lasting a career-long five innings, striking out eight batters, walking two and allowing six hits. The three runs all came in the second inning as the Tigers had four straight singles, the last from Judd Ward to make it a 3-0 advantage. South Carolina, which entered last in the SEC in batting average and hits, didn’t have a runner in scoring position until the fifth inning. T.J. Hopkins reached on a throwing error to lead off the sixth and Campbell followed by belting his fourth HR of the season. The Gamecocks threatened in the eighth when Hopkins led off with a walk and was moved over with a Campbell bunt. But neither Jacob Olson nor Luke Berryhill could produce against Auburn reliever Elliott Anderson. The Tigers added an insurance run in the top of the ninth with an RBI double from Rankin Woley. Carolina was a few feet from tying things in the bottom of the ninth when Brady Allen, with a runner at first, flew out to the warning track in right. USC is 1-6 in the SEC for the first time since 1992, its first season in the league
  10. On MLB opening day, the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball program has five former players in starting lineups March 28, 2019 Christian Walker, Jackie Bradley Jr, Grayson Greiner, Whit Merrifield, Justin Smoak, Last season, former South Carolina baseball star Christian Walker played only 37 games in the majors. Now he’s an opening day starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Walker was one of five Gamecocks getting the call to start on the first day of the MLB season. His Diamondbacks face the LA Dodgers at 4:10 p.m. Thursday. Walker hit three home runs in 49 at-bats last season. Other USC alums making opening day starts include: ▪ Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. vs. Seattle ▪ Detroit catcher Grayson Greiner vs Toronto ▪ Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield leading off against the Chicago White Sox ▪ Toronto’s Justin Smoak, hitting fourth vs. Detroit
  11. Gamecocks fall to NC A&T, shut out at home for first time in two years March 26, 2019 Carolina baseball had its chances to push a run across the plate Tuesday night against North Carolina A&T. But the Gamecocks’ offense vanished any time a runner reached base, and a strong pitching performance from USC went to waste in a 2-0 defeat at Founders Park. It marks the first time Carolina (16-9) has been shut out at home since UNC Greensboro did so on Feb. 19, 2017. Freshman Dylan Harley, making his first start in three weeks since being demoted from the weekend rotation, breezed through the first 2 2/3 innings, giving up a leadoff walk but nothing else. But in the bottom of the third, Harley issued a two-out walk, and the Aggies made him pay. A double from Tony Mack drove in one run, and AJ Hunt followed with a groundball single to left field. Mack was waved home and beaten by the throw, but the ball popped out of catcher Luke Berryhill’s glove, giving NC A&T a 2-0 advantage. That was the last baserunner Harley permitted all day — he exited after throwing 75 pitches over 4 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. He was replaced by USC’s usual Friday night starter Wesley Sweatt who was nearly perfect, giving up one hit and no walks over 3 1/3 shutout innings, aided by solid infield defense from Olson and junior shortstop George Callil. For North Carolina A&T, junior right-hander Michael Johnson went five innings, giving up three hits and two walks but no runs in a strong outing that kept the Gamecocks off-balance. Johnson was replaced by junior reliever Leon Davidson, who threw two no-hit innings and worked his way around a pair of walks. South Carolina got its best chance of the night in the fourth, with a one-out double to the left field corner from senior third baseman Jacob Olson. A sacrifice fly and walk from senior first baseman Chris Cullen then put runners on the corners, but a strikeout ended the inning. The Gamecocks also threatened in the bottom of the ninth when sophomore catcher Luke Berryhill led off with a double to right field. He advanced to third on a groundout but was stranded after two strikeouts. Three other times, USC advanced a runner to second base, but every time there were already two outs and the runner was stranded. All told, the Gamecocks were 0 for 10 with runners on base on the night. Callil had Carolina’s only other extra base hit, a double, and sophomore Noah Campbell reached base twice with a single and a walk.
  12. THE DAILY CROW | After losing two of three in Knoxville, what must change moving forward for Gamecocks baseball? March 26, 2019 Chris breaks down South Carolina’s series loss to Tennessee and what he believes needs to change moving forward as USC tries to bounce back facing a brutal SEC gauntlet. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  13. South Carolina rallies, but pitching can’t hold in rubber match loss at Tennessee March 24, 2019 South Carolina baseball had the chance to take its first SEC series of the season. But it slipped away. The No. 24 Gamecocks dropped a 6-3 contest and the series at No. 22 Tennessee on Sunday to fall to 1-5 in SEC play. USC (16-8) appeared to have a chance at a second one-run victory in Knoxville, but things came apart in the eighth. USC had led 3-2 after a two-run Chris Cullen double in the seventh, putting the score at the same spot as Saturday night. But the Volunteers loaded the bases with no outs and plated four runs, highlighted by Jake Rucker’s two-run single. South Carolina was down from the start as Evan Russell singled home a run in the first for the Vols. Starting pitcher T.J. Shook lasted only 3 2/3 innings, leaving in the fourth after a pair of wild pitches scored a run and followed by walking a batter. The Gamecocks managed to get one back in the fifth inning after Noah Campbell hit a one-out double and Brady Allen singled him home. USC at least got runners on, stranding 11 throughout the day, but couldn’t convert time and again. Senior pitcher Will Neely delivered a solid start for Tennessee, allowing only the single run in 5 1/3 innings, and his bullpen kept it going. The Gamecocks also started last season 1-5 in the SEC, and a homestand against the Vols helped turn things around. That sweep helped spark a run that saw USC win 17 conference games and make the NCAA tournament. Up next: South Carolina will host North Carolina A&T on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before a weekend series against Auburn in Founders Park.
  14. By John Whittle8 hrs KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The South Carolina baseball team will look to level the series on Saturday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Game 2 against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols stormed to a lopsided 15-5 win on Friday night in the series opener. The Gamecocks (15-7, 0-4) will try to even the series with some changes in the starting lineup, due to an injury to sophomore Andrew Eyster. First pitch between the two teams is set for 6 p.m. and it will be broadcast on SEC Network +. BOTTOM 9 - Brett Kerry back to the mound to face 9-1-2 in the order. He threw 33 pitches last inning. Ferguson, who has been a pest this weekend, fouls back a 1-2 pitch that he barely got a piece of. Brady Allen tries to make a sliding catch, and it goes right through his glove. Just bent it straight back and didn't stick. Leadoff double. More stressful pitches upcoming with the tying run in scoring position. Ammons goes down on strikes. Breaking ball. I'd have bunted there and put pressure on the defense 100 percent of the time. Takes a 1-0 fastball up in the zone. 2-0. It's 3-0 now. 3-1. Fly ball to right field. Not sure why, but Hopkins goes over there and takes it. Should have let Olson have that for about a half dozen reasons. But at least it's caught. Tying run 90 feet away. Gamecocks pitch around Lipcius. Runners on the corners for Soularie, who is hitting .413 with seven home runs. Goes behind 2-0. Thought they were pitching around him. Now 2-2. He hits a pitch gone, but foul, down the right field line. Wow. 90 mph fastball right over the outside corner. Man alive. What. A. Pitch. FINAL: Carolina 3 - Tennessee 2 TOP 9 - Olson up, and goes down on a full count pitch. That's 10 more strikeouts total. Berryhill Ks. 11. Fans in Knoxville get free queso from Moe's. Kingston calls over Cullen for a chat. Wants to give Kerry a little more time to take a breather. He's hit by a 98 mph fastball. Brewer with his first at-bat of the day. Goes ahead in the count 2-0. He bounces out 5-3 to end the inning. Welp, let's see how this goes for Kerry. BOTTOM 8 - Brett Kerry comes in, and issues a five-pitch walk to Lipcius. He's not a burner like some of the others, but he can steal a base. He's 6-for-7 this year. Kerry gets a really generous strike call to start the at-bat on Soularie. After two balls, Meade comes out to the mound. Soularie fouls the next fastball back. He ends up walking. That's two on and no outs for Jake Rucker, who is hitting .263 with no home runs this season. He's a perfect bunt guy, but fouls the first one off. Fouls off the next one, too. Hit him while still in the box. It's 0-2 now. I almost always keep a bunt on, and I would here. He does. Gets it down. Throw is low and short-hops Neville. I think the umpire said he was off the bag. I don't know, but he's safe, and the bases are loaded. I thought the ball beat him there, but he also looked on the bag to me. No one seems to be putting up much of a fuss, so must have been the right call. Russell up, and Kerry gets him swinging at a slider. Bases loaded, one down. Kerry goes ahead 1-2 on Martinez. Heavy dose of breaking balls. Fastball up and in to make it 2-2. Go with that breaking ball away again? He fanned at it twice already. They do, and it barely misses outside. Man alive, that was close, but it really was just a bit outside. Fastball down the middle, and it ends up in Berryhill's mitt. Two down now for Gray, hitting .209 this year. Strike. Ball. Ball. Foul ball. It's a 2-2 count. Man alive - I don't know where that pitch missed. Must have been up, because it was all over the plate. He goes around on an elevated fastball. Should have been Ball 4, but man alive. Brett Kerry. Carolina leads 3-2. TOP 8 - Neville goes down swinging at a breaking ball. Campbell fans at a 98 mph fastball to go behind 1-2. Then down on strikes on an 84 mph slider. Allen walks on four pitches, but Hopkins strikes out on three. Carolina leads 3-2. BOTTOM 7 - Cam Tringali back to the mound. Been one of the real big bright spots this year for this team. Gets a ground ball to Neville, who makes a nice charge play at second base. Tringali Ks up Ferguson, the nine-hole hitter, looking. Nicely done. He goes ahead of Ammons, the top of the order hitter, 1-2. But Ammons shoots a double inside the third base bag. ... I should mention Olson is there now. After Holladay (who pinch hit for Perez) got to second, they pinch ran Joel Brewer. Brewer stayed in the game to play right. Olson now at third. Charleston tries to bunt for a hit, but Berryhill makes a really nice defensive play on the bunt up the first base line. Carolina leads 3-2. TOP 7 - Allen pops up on the first pitch he sees. Hopkins, though, lines a two-strike single to left. Olson gets hit. And both move into scoring position on a double steal. But Berryhill goes down on strikes. Swinging. Going to be up to Cullen here if the Gamecocks want to get on the board. A single will plate two because the outfielders are playing deep and none really have very good arms. He takes an 89 mph fastball right down the middle to fall behind in the count 1-2. Then he shoots a double down the right field. Nice piece of hitting to drive that the other way. Thomas Schultz, who I am told has hit 100 this year, comes in and is throwing 94. And pich hitter Jordan Holladay lines a double just over the second baseman. Ball scooted all the way to the wall. Cullen scores easily, and that was a huge hit for him. Callil goes down on strikes, but that was a big inning for the Gamecocks. And some guys stepping up. Carolina leads 3-2 BOTTOM 6 - Morgan hits Charleston with an 0-2 pitch. Yuck. He swipes second. Little soft liner by Lipcius just barely gets over Cullen. Tough luck. Runners on the corners as Charleston had to go back to the bag because it was so close to being caught. Soularie hits a first pitch single through the right side to score one and put two on for Rucker, who takes a ball outside to level the count 1-1. This fly ball to right center is deeper than the one earlier, and even though Hopkins catches it and lines up a throw, Lipcius tags and makes it to third easily. Corners with one down. That'll end the day for Morgan, who was at 81 pitches. Cam Tringali comes in, and Soularie steals second. Infield comes in, and Tringali registers a strikeout to pinch hitter Russell. Infield can back up now, but count goes full on Martinez, the team's top hitter. Tringali bears down and gets a 90 mph fastball over the inside corner by him. Great relief work there, but Tennessee tacks on another. Vols lead 2-0 TOP 6 - Callil grounds out. Neville's slicing liner to left is caught, too, by Soularie. He hardly had to move. Campbell is first pitch swinging at offspeed and pops out to shallow left. That was a seven-pitch inning. Linginfelter at 63 pitches through 6. Tennessee leads 1-0. BOTTOM 5 - Leadoff walk by Morgan. A 3-1 fastball missed away off the plate. Mascia fouls off two bunts, then tries again. Gets it down, just barely inside the white line. Berryhill gets the runner at first. So runner on second now with one down. Skylar Meade sprints out to the mound as Martinez, hitting .390 this year, comes up. Morgan gets a generous strike call on a breaking ball that was on the outside "corner." Then a fly ball to somewhat shallow center. Hopkins coasts under it, and does a nice job of lining up a throw to third to keep the runner there. UT likes to challenge outfielders on the bases. That wouldn't have been a good spot to do it, but it wasn't out of the question. Callil makes his third error of the year. Ball spun a bit off the turn but it's a play he should make every time. Should be out of the inning. We'll see if Morgan can make the big pitch. Runners on the corners with two down. :sigh: Fairly hard hit ground ball by Ferguson that gets under Cullen at first base. RBI single. Unearned run. Morgan gets a tapper back to him from Ammons, and he makes the play. But Vols strike first in an unearned variety, which isn't a surprise. Tennessee leads 1-0 TOP 5 - Berryhill is first pitch swinging again. Ball isn't carrying quite like yesterday. Got a little under it, anyway, and is caught about 385 feet from home plate in left center. Cullen takes a ball, then a strike. Pops up a 1-2 changeup. Two quick ones. He goes down swinging at a 2-2 fastball that came in at 91 mph to end the inning. Linginfelter has been up to 94 today that I've noticed. He's been up to 96 or 97 in his career, but he hasn't commanded well. He's taken some velo off to command better, and its worked for him. Pitching much better this year. No score. BOTTOM 4 - Two up, two down for Morgan. Charleston lines out to right center. Olson peels away as Hopkins makes the catch. Hot shot a step to Callil's right. Liner one-hops him, but he stays on it and fields it cleanly. Morgan goes ahead 0-2 on Soularie. Perez makes a nice play on the charge to end the inning. No score. TOP 4 - Noah Campbell leads off and takes a couple of pitches - one for a ball, one for a strike - before fouling the next back. Ball. Ball. Single back up the middle. Then he swipes second base. His steal numbers - 2-for-5 coming into the day - are about as disappointing as any other number on his stat line, and his stat line has been pretty disappointing thus far. But now he's 3-for-6. Allen falls behind in the count, but works it to 3-2. He goes down looking at a fastball on the outside corner. He started to toss his bat like it was a walk. Not sure if high or low, but it wasn't outside. He swings at the first pitch, and grounds out to short. Campbell still stands on second. Jacob Olson hits a rocket to left field. Soularie is on his horse and makes a diving catch - like a Superman diving catch - in left center to rob Olson of extra bases and an RBI. It was an incredible catch, if he made it. His body was hiding his glove the entire time, and after a couple of seconds of laying there, he gets up and shows the umpire the ball. I don't know if he made the catch or not, but there's no replay worth a darn. Kingston challenges, but its upheld. It looked damn good. No score. BOTTOM 3 - Big inning there for Reid Morgan. Gives up a double down the left field line to start the inning. Pavolony, the eight-hole hitter and a freshman catcher, goes down swinging on six pitches. Ferguson grounds out to second, moving the runner up to 90 feet away. Ammons, the top of the order hitter, up. Has a nice little battle with Morgan, who wins it with an inside fastball to get him looking and end the inning. Morgan at 37 pitches. No score. TOP 3 - Gamecocks saw 10 pitches in the first two innings. Quinntin Perez sees 11, but strikes out. Callil pops up to the catcher in foul territory. Neville grounds out to first base to end the inning. Linginfelter at 27 pitches. No score. BOTTOM 2 - Soularie singles to begin the inning off of Reid Morgan. Then, I dunno what he's doing. Derkay hits a fly ball slicing to right field, but it's very obvious Olson has a beat on it. He's hanging out at first base, then decides to run towards second, for some reason. Olson throws behind him and doubles him off. Then Morgan gets a K to end the inning. TOP 2 - Olson pops up a 1-1 fastball to short. One down. Berryhill comes up, and he hunts a fastball on the first pitch and lines a single back up the middle. But Cullen hits the first pitch he sees to second base, and it's an easy 4-6-3 double play. No score. BOTTOM 1 - Three up, three down for Reid Morgan, too. He gets a pair of 0-1 groundouts. Then Ammons strikes out looking to end the inning. Nine pitches in total - a five pitch K. No score. TOP 1 - Three up, three down. Campbell and Allen both ground out on the first pitch they see. Hopkins goes down swinging on three pitches. Welp, that was easy. No score.
  15. GC Staff • GamecockCentral.com @GamecockCentral Related Baseball Headlines | Baseball Polls | Roster Breakdown SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASEBALL In this feature, Gamecock baseball lettermen Michael Roth, Byron Jeffcoat and Jay Brown each answer two questions -- one about this year's team and another about their careers. If you're a Gamecock letterman -- in any sport -- and would like to participate in features on Gamecock Central, please send an email to publisher Brian Shoemaker (shoe@gamecockcentral.com). Chris Gillespie 1. What should we take away from being swept by Georgia at home to open SEC play? Is there anything different you'd like to see against Tennessee this weekend? Byron Jeffcoat: First of all, Georgia has a very good ball club and looks to have the pieces to make a big run through the SEC barring any injuries. It certainly doesn't feel good to get swept, but it's no time to sound the panic alarm. We actually played well enough to win the Saturday and Sunday games, with solid pitching for most of Sunday's game. I think the areas that I would like to see more consistency would be our hitters cutting down on the strikeouts. Our hitters are go enough to stay aggressive in hitter counts, take advantage of shifts, and still protect with two strikes. Pitching just needs to limit the big innings and pound the strike zone early. Overall, stay positive and win the series again Tennessee to get back on track! Go Cocks! Michael Roth: We've all mentioned how this team has a big power component. Unfortunately, with that comes a good amount of swing and miss. They don't want to live and die by the long ball. They need to cut down on punch outs and make the opposing pitcher work. I know launch angle is the buzz word for modern baseball but you can't launch what you don't touch! The pitching staff as a whole is young and inexperienced. They are going to be put into tough situations and asked to respond. It's going to be a learning experience for all of them. When you get put into a situation you are unfamiliar with it is human nature to be timid. The staff needs to go at and attack hitters. Believe their stuff is better than whoever is in the box and execute quality pitches. When you get on the mound, forget about who is in the stands and what your feel like that day. Do your job. Jay Brown: What should we take away from being swept by Georgia at home to open SEC play? Georgia is legit. They have some high-level arms who are going to be high-draft picks at some point. USC was in a position to win two games. What is the old saying? Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, right? Doesn’t make Gamecock fans feel any better that we almost won, but in baseball, it is all about putting yourself in position to succeed, whether that is in the weight room, on the mound, at the plate, or as a team. Gamecocks were in position to win two games this weekend against a top-level SEC team, just couldn’t get it done. Next weekend hopefully it shakes out differently, but they have to continue to put themselves in position to win. 15-12-14. That's the number of strikeouts UGA pitchers had against the Gamecocks each game. Over half of the outs UGA recorded over the weekend were via strikeout. The arms were really good for UGA, but Gamecocks have to find a way to put the ball in play. 2. Which player(s) did you hate playing against? Byron Jeffcoat: Chris Burke, shortstop, Tennessee. Couldn't get him out at the plate or on the bases. Kentucky, all of them. Michael Roth: I could never get Mike Zunino out. That guy was a doubles machine off of me. What made it worse was that I could not hate him because he was the nicest guy! Jay Brown: Jared Mitchell and DJ LeMahieu for LSU. We couldn’t get those guys out. I think they were both first-rounders in 2009 and LSU won the CWS that year. That whole team was stacked.
  16. THE DAILY CROW | Is it too early to call this weekend’s series in Knoxville a “must-win”? March 22, 2019 iTunes Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  17. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASEBALL Three weeks into the season, Dylan Harley found himself in a spot he probably didn’t think he’d be in a month ago. The freshman, who lit up the team’s preseason scrimmages, found himself after three starts bounced out of the weekend rotation and trying to adjust to life in the bullpen. After stringing together a few good performances out of the bullpen, it seems like he’s acclimating quite well. Dylan Harley || Photo by Katie Dugan “It wasn’t really that my confidence was down, it just I wasn’t catching good breaks, my fastball wasn’t there,” Harley said after South Carolina’s 12-7 win Tuesday. “But over the last few outings my feel for it has been through the roof. Today I felt like I could throw a fastball by anybody.” Also see: Scoop on the offensive depth chart Harley earned the team’s No. 2 starter spot entering the season but after three appearances had a 9.64 ERA and a 1.8 WHIP, with 13 strikeouts and eight walks. Since transitioning to the bullpen his numbers are pretty comparable—6.75 ERA, 1.9 WHIP, 11.25 K/9—but over Harley’s last three starts it seems like things are really starting to fall into place. Over his last three outings Harley’s given up just one earned run over 5.2 innings—a 1.40 ERA—and has walked just three batters compared to eight strikeouts. He’s pounding the zone more, throwing 63 percent strikes compared to just 59 percent as a starter. There have been a few mechanical reasons why he’s pitched a little bit better—he’s not dropping his arm as much and shortened his leg kick throwing from the stretch—but one of the biggest has been the addition of a slider into his arsenal. “I think that’s helping him for sure. One, it’s becoming a better pitch but he’s also throwing it for strikes. And that makes the fastball better. He got to the point where all he was throwing for strikes was the fastball and teams were able to figure that out and sit on it,” Mark Kingston said. “When you have a secondary pitch that they have to respect then the fastball plays up. His ability now to throw the slider as a legitimate pitch has really helped guys get off his fastball. I think that’s a big part of his development.” Also see: What Bryan McClendon said about the Gamecock offense Harley came to South Carolina from Cane Bay where he led the state in strikeouts throwing mainly a fastball, changeup and knuckle-curve, three pitches he went into the season throwing. It took roughly three starts before Harley scrapped the knuckle-curve and started throwing his slider almost exclusively, working in the fastball and changeup as well. Not only is it working on swings and misses, but Harley’s throwing it for strikes even when hitters are keeping the bat on their shoulders. “When I’ve thrown it to lefties it’s worked way more than my breaking ball,” he said. “I have a lot of confidence in that pitch.” Also see: Team scoop from spring ball The Gamecocks (15-6, 0-3 SEC) are still trying to figure out their starting pitching with Wes Sweatt and Reid Morgan the two givens on each weekend and Sunday still a TBA heading into this weekend’s series with Tennessee. Kingston said it’s still “too early” to see if Harley can work back into his weekend role but said if the freshman continues to pitch like he has been his role could “expand from there.” Despite the slow start, Harley will have to be an impact on the team’s pitching staff this season with limited arms due to injuries and his teammates are confident he can be. TJ Hopkins, who grew up in the same area as Harley likened the freshman to a former teammate of his now playing in the New York Mets organization. “He’s going to be a good pitcher; he’s as talented as they come. Carlos Cortes, I plaYed with him, and he started off really slow as a freshman and turned into Carlos Cortes,” Hopkins said. “I told Harley to keep pushing through it. He’s the type of kid where it doesn’t bother him or at least it doesn’t show. Harley’s going to be really good this year and the next few years.”
  18. For March 18, 2019 Rank Baseball America Collegiate BSB Perfect Game USA Today NCBWA D1Baseball 1 UCLA NC State UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA 2 Mississippi St. Mississippi St. Mississippi St. Oregon St. Mississippi St. Mississippi St. 3 Stanford UCLA Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford 4 Texas Oregon St. Oregon St. Mississippi St. Oregon St. Louisville 5 Vanderbilt Arizona St. Louisville NC State Vanderbilt Georgia 6 NC State Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Georgia NC State 7 Oregon St. LSU Auburn Louisville Louisville Oregon St. 8 North Carolina Stanford NC State Georgia Arkansas Vanderbilt 9 Florida Georgia North Carolina Arkansas LSU Texas 10 Louisville Arkansas Arkansas Arizona St. NC State LSU 11 Georgia Coastal Carolina Texas LSU Texas Arkansas 12 LSU Auburn Georgia Auburn Arizona St. Auburn 13 Texas Tech Florida Florida North Carolina Texas Tech Texas A&M 14 East Carolina Florida St. LSU Florida Auburn Florida 15 Arkansas Louisville Ole Miss Texas North Carolina Arizona St. 16 Auburn North Carolina East Carolina Coastal Carolina Florida North Carolina 17 Texas A&M Texas Texas A&M Texas Tech Florida St. Coastal Carolina 18 Ole Miss Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas A&M Coastal Carolina Ole Miss 19 Coastal Carolina Texas A&M Coastal Carolina Florida St. Texas A&M Texas Tech 20 Arizona St. Clemson TCU Ole Miss Ole Miss East Carolina 21 Florida St. East Carolina Arizona St. East Carolina East Carolina Florida St. 22 UC Irvine UC Santa Barbara Florida St. Tennessee Michigan TCU 23 Michigan Illinois UC Irvine Clemson UC Irvine UC Irvine 24 South Carolina UC Irvine UConn Michigan TCU Michigan 25 Clemson Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Clemson Oklahoma 26 Baylor Oklahoma 27 San Diego Tennessee 28 Ole Miss UC Santa Barbara 29 Miami, Fla. Baylor 30 Michigan Illinois
  19. South Carolina baseball surrenders three leads, drops series to Georgia March 16, 2019 After a quiet series opener, South Carolina baseball got some production from its bats against Georgia on Saturday. But the Gamecocks’ top starting pitcher struggled for the first time this year, as did the defense, and USC fell 8-7 to the Bulldogs, dropping the series. In a back-and-forth contest at Founders Park, Carolina (14-5, 0-2 SEC) took the lead three different times against UGA, only to surrender them all the next half-inning. The Gamecocks’ first four runs of the day came off home runs in the second and third innings from sophomore catcher Luke Berryhill, freshman DH Ian Jenkins and sophomore right fielder Andrew Eyster. The latter two were part of a four-run third that was capped by an RBI bloop double from senior third baseman Jacob Olson that scored Berryhill and gave USC a 5-1 advantage. Carolina junior starter Reid Morgan, however, encountered his first real trouble of the entire season, allowing three singles and a run to score in the third inning, then giving up four more in the fourth off four singles, a walk, a sacrifice fly and plenty of help from Carolina’s defense along the way — no one covered first base on a sacrifice bunt, allowing the batter to reach, and a fielder’s choice wound up loading the bases on a fielding error at second base. Carolina committed three errors on the day, tied for a season high. USC retook the lead once more in the bottom of the fourth inning on a sharp line drive RBI single from junior shortstop George Callil, but Georgia once again came right back in the top of the fifth, getting an infield single and RBI double off freshman reliever Daniel Lloyd. Lloyd was then replaced by senior reliever Gage Hinson, who gave up an RBI groundout in the fifth and three singles in the sixth to give Georgia an 8-6 lead. Olson gave the Gamecocks some life late, getting hit by a pitch in the eighth inning and then advancing from first to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly from senior first baseman Chris Cullen.
  20. Gamecock bats go quiet in SEC-opening loss to Georgia March 15, 2019 South Carolina baseball’s impressive offensive start to the season met an immovable object Friday night at Founders Park — Georgia’s pitching. No. 22 USC tied a season-low with five hits against the No. 8 Bulldogs and dropped the opener of its first SEC series of the year, 6-1. Freshman left-fielder Brady Allen was responsible for the only run the Gamecocks (14-4, 0-1 SEC) scored all day, crushing an opposite-field solo home run in the bottom of the third to the right-field bullpen. Beyond that, South Carolina struggled to touch Georgia ace Emerson Hancock, whose fastball hit 98 miles per hour and off-speed stuff kept the Gamecocks off-balance. He improved to 5-0 on the season, pitching seven innings, striking out 12 and walking just two. For Carolina, freshman starter Wesley Sweatt posted a solid performance as well through five innings — outside of a two-run home run he gave up to designated hitter John Cable in the second inning, he was efficient and effective, needing just 64 pitches. In the sixth inning, however, he ran out of gas — a throwing error from shortstop George Callil against the leadoff hitter put Sweatt in a hole early, but he then gave up a hard-hit single and a triple to the left-center field gap. Two runs scored, and pitching coach Skylar Meade pulled him for sophomore reliever John Gilreath. Gilreath gave up a sacrifice fly to tag Sweatt with a fourth earned run, then walked two batters and gave up a double to allow Georgia’s fourth run of the inning and final score of the day. Sophomore right fielder Andrew Eyster led off the bottom of the sixth with a double, but he was stranded there. The Gamecocks did not get another runner in scoring position the rest of the night.
  21. After todays sweep of Valpo, Cocks are 13--3 overall. SEC story and their rankings shows Cocks as 12-3 AFTER today. Cocks just can't get a fair break. LOL No. 24 South Carolina moves to 12-3 with win about an hour ago The Gamecocks find their rhythm, cruising to a 12-6 win and a series sweep vs. Valparaiso.
  22. Carolina baseball team made a slight move in the D1 Baseball rankings and sat tight in Baseball America’s March 11, 2019 Carolina baseball team made a slight move in the D1 Baseball rankings and sat tight in Baseball America’s, which were both released early on Monday morning. The Gamecocks are a top 25 team in both polls, but still sit towards the back of the pack in the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks, which put together a 4-1 week with a series sweep of Valparaiso and a win over The Citadel but a loss to Gardner-Webb, moved up two spots and is now the No. 22 team in the country, according to D1 Baseball. In the current rankings, the Gamecocks are tenth-best in the SEC. The conference has five of the top 10 teams in the country, according to the D1 rankings, which includes this weekend’s opponent, Georgia. The Bulldogs, which have a 14-2 record entering the week after posting a 5-0 mark last week, are the No. 8 team in the country.
  23. TJ Hopkins hits for the cycle to power South Carolina to sweep of Valparaiso March 10, 2019 The data told Mark Kingston in the preseason that South Carolina had plenty of power-hitting potential. The baseballs rocketing off Gamecock bats on Sunday confirmed that and then some, as USC got four home runs and senior TJ Hopkins hit for the cycle in a 12-3 win over Valparaiso to complete the series sweep. After getting back-to-back long balls to claim a walk-off win Saturday, Carolina’s power surge stayed strong, led by Hopkins, the first Gamecock to hit for the cycle since April 2015, and senior third baseman Jacob Olson, who twice went deep to left field for five RBIs. Redshirt freshman Ian Jenkins added the first home run of his collegiate career and two other hits as well in the rout. Jenkins’ long ball in the third kicked off the scoring for the day, but the Gamecocks weren’t ahead for long — In the top of fourth, the Crusaders came back to tie things with two singles and an RBI double, as freshman starter Brett Kerry seemed to struggle his second time through the lineup. Hopkins put USC (13-3) back ahead with his homer in the bottom of the fourth, and sophomore catcher Luke Berryhill followed with a double. Then Olson, who launched a walk-off blast Saturday, connected for his first long ball of the day. Jenkins and Hopkins, who combined for seven hits on the day, teamed up for another run in the fifth with a pair of doubles. Valparaiso rallied again, however, putting runners on the corners to knock Kerry out of the game in the sixth inning. A passed ball then scored one run, and a two-run home run made it 5-4. Valpo tied the game in the seventh with a leadoff walk, a stolen base and two sacrifice flies. The Gamecocks took the lead back for good in the bottom half of the seventh. With two outs, Hopkins singled, Berryhill walked and Olson hit another home run to left field. Valparaiso got one back with a solo homer in the eighth, but USC then busted things wide open. Singles from Jenkins and sophomore Noah Campbell, coupled with an error, put runners on second and third in the eighth. A wild pitch scored one, and after freshman Brady Allen was hit by a pitch, Hopkins tripled to complete the cycle. He then scored on another wild pitch to cap the offense for the day. Sophomore TJ Shook finished off the game with a two-inning save, aided by a double play called for interference.
  24. Hopkins' Cycle, Power Display Helps Baseball to Series Sweep of Valpo With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More TJ Hopkins hit for the cycle, Jacob Olson had a pair of home runs and Ian Jenkins had three hits in the win. POSTGAME: Mark Kingston on Valparaiso — 3/10/19 COLUMBIA – Senior TJ Hopkins hit for the cycle, classmate Jacob Olson had two home runs and five RBI, redshirt freshman Ian Jenkins had three hits and freshman Brett Kerry struck out six in a five-plus inning start as the No. 24 University of South Carolina baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Valparaiso with a 12-6 win Sunday afternoon (March 10) at Founders Park. (MORE)
  25. Carolina's Walk Off Valpo to Complete Saturday Twinbill Sweep With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More March 10, 2019 COLUMBIA – The University of South Carolina baseball team picked up two wins on the day against Valparaiso, the latter coming in dramatic fashion. The Gamecocks won 9-2 in the opener, playing 4.5 innings after rain suspended Friday's game. Then down 2-1 going to the bottom of the ninth of game two, Luke Berryhill and Jacob Olson hit back-to-back home runs to propel Carolina to a walk-off, 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon (March 9) at Founders Park. (MORE)

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