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  1. GAMEDAY THREAD Carolina vs Missouri GAME 1 **Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL GAME 1 Missouri Tigers Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Carolina Travels to Missouri for Three-Game SEC Series The Gamecocks and Tigers begin the series Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. April 25, 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team heads to Columbia, Mo., and Taylor Stadium for a three-game SEC series at Missouri. The series begins on Friday night (April 26) at 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET). Saturday's game also begins at 6:30 p.m. CT with Sunday's series finale scheduled for 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET). All three games will be streamed on SEC Network +. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina is coming off a 10-3 win over Charleston Southern in North Augusta on Tuesday night. Brady Allen had a pair of triples while Noah Campbell and Luke Berryhill homered for the Gamecocks, who scored all 10 runs in the first three innings. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 3-3, 3.55 ERA, 63.1 IP, 10 BB, 48 SO MIssouri Jacob Cantleberry (Jr. LHP) 3-3, 4.08 ERA, 53.0 IP, 22 BB, 71 SO Saturday South Carolina Cam Tringali (R-Fr. RHP) 2-1, 3.33 ERA, 46.0 IP, 7 BB, 46 SO MIssouri TJ Sikkema (Jr. LHP) 4-3, 1.46 ERA, 61.2 IP, 22 BB, 71 SO Sunday South Carolina TBA MIssouri TBA SCOUTING MISSOURI The Tigers are coming off a 6-2 win over Missouri State on Tuesday night as Kameron Misner had two hits and drove in a pair while the Tiger pitching allowed just five hits on the night. Misner has 10 home runs, 29 RBI and 16 stolen bases while Chris Cornelius has 10 doubles on the season. On the mound, TJ Sikkema has four wins and a 1.46 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 61.2 innings pitched while Tyler LaPlante has a 2.38 ERA in eight starts. THE SERIES Carolina leads the all-time series vs. Missouri, 14-7, and are 4-5 in Columbia, Mo., against the Tigers. Last season, the Gamecocks won three of four meetings with Missouri, taking 2-of-3 games in a May series in Founders Park and winning, 4-2, in the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Hoover on May 22. Carlos Cortes had a walk-off home run in a 1-0 win in South Carolina on May 13, 2018. TRIPLE YOUR TRIPLES South Carolina had three triples on the night in the 10-3 win over Charleston Southern on April 23, two by freshman Brady Allen. The Gamecocks had back-to-back triples in the third inning as Allen and classmate Josiah Sightler each reached to start the inning. The last Gamecock to have two triples in a game was Lonnie Chisenhall against Western Kentucky on Feb. 10, 2007. The last time Carolina had three triples in a game was on March 4, 2005 vs. Pepperdine in Minneapolis, Minn. The school record for triples in a game is five set on March 17, 1986 against The Citadel. BERRYHILL CATCHES FIRE Redshirt sophomore catcher Luke Berryhill hit his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the 10-3 win over Charleston Southern on April 23. He carries a 21-game reached base streak into the Missouri series and is hitting .316 with three doubles and three home runs in his last 10 games. UP NEXT Carolina will take the midweek off for finals and return to the diamond next Friday (May 3) to start a three-game series against Vanderbilt at Founders Park. Friday's game starts at 7 p.m.
  2. GAMEDAY THREAD Carolina vs Charleston Southern **Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. ET** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Charleston Southern vs. South Carolina Gamecock Carolina To Face Charleston Southern Tuesday Night at SRP Park The Gamecocks and Bucs meet on the diamond Tuesday night at 7 p.m. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team makes its first-ever trip to SRP Park in North Augusta, S.C., as the Gamecocks face Charleston Southern Tuesday night (April 23) at 7 p.m. in a neutral-site contest. Tuesday's game will be streamed on SEC Network +. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina won 1-of-3 games against No. 7 Texas A&M this past weekend. The Gamecocks picked up the middle game, 3-2, as Luke Berryhill's three-run home run provided the offense and TJ Shook and Brett Kerry combined for seven punchouts in the victory. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Tuesday South Carolina Daniel Lloyd (Fr. RHP) 2-3, 8.38 ERA, 19.1 IP, 15 BB, 22 SO Charleston Southern Logan Adams (Fr. RHP) 0-1, 9.70 ERA, 21.1 IP, 9 BB, 12 So SCOUTING CHARLESTON SOUTHERN Charleston Southern won 2-of-3 games at UNC Asheville this past weekend, taking the first two contests by scores of 3-2 and 8-2. The Buccaneers are led by Max Ryerson's .326 batting average while Ryan Stoudemire has seven doubles and nine home runs to go along with 30 RBI. On the mound, Eddie Hiott is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA and 31 strikeouts while RJ Petit has three saves and 31 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched. THE SERIES Carolina leads the all-time series with Charleston Southern, 76-13, with Tuesday's game being the first neutral-site contest between the two teams. Last season, the Gamecocks won 2-of-3 games against the Bucs at Founders Park on Feb. 23-25, 2018. Carolina won the first two games by scores of 7-0 and 14-2. Justin Row had two hits and three RBI in the Saturday win. LUKE LIFTS GAMECOCKS PAST AGGIES Redshirt sophomore catcher Luke Berryhill belted a three-run home run in the first inning of Carolina's 3-2 win over Texas A&M on April 20. It was his ninth home run of the season and one of his four hits in the series. The Gamecocks made those three runs stand up in the seven-inning game behind the pitching of TJ Shook and Brett Kerry, who combined to strike out seven and allow just four hits in the game. GAMECOCKS WIN NINTH ONE-RUN GAME Carolina defeated Texas A&M, 3-2, on April 20 to improve to 9-2 this season in one-run games. Twelve of Carolina's 23 wins have been by either one or two runs, four of them in the walk-off variety. UP NEXT Carolina travels to Columbia, Mo., for a three-game SEC series at Missouri. Game one is Friday night (April 26) at 6:30 p.m. CT and it will be streamed on SEC Network +.
  3. Cameron Smith, a four-star CB has been cleared by the NCAA and some other news of the day April 23, 2019 Cameron Smith, a four-star cornerback from Blythewood, has been cleared by the NCAA to join South Carolina’s football team. Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday night. Muschamp was speaking at the first Gamecock Club Spurs Up Tour speaking event of the season prior to the USC baseball game against Charleston Southern at SRP Park. That leaves only one signee from the class of 2019 who has yet to be cleared to join the team, three-star wide receiver Tyquan Johnson of Fork Union Military Academy. In other roster news, Muschamp confirmed that cornerback Zay Brown has decided to transfer, and Muschamp said he will help him with that process. “He’s been an excellent teammate,” Muschamp said. Muschamp is “extremely optimistic” that senior linebacker Eldridge Thompson will be awarded an additional year of eligibility this year by the NCAA due to the injury that cost him most of the 2018 season.
  4. FeatheredCock

    SpursUp Tour starts tonight

    Save the date: Nine stops planned for Spurs Up Tour 2019
  5. I got one that would make me dance naked down main street if we could pull off a win. CLEMSON TATERS!! Date Opponent Location Time/score Aug. 31 vs North Carolina Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 7 Charleston Southern Columbia, S.C. Sept. 14 Alabama Columbia, S.C. Sept. 21 at Missouri Columbia, Mo. Sept. 28 Kentucky Columbia, S.C. Oct. 5 Open date - - Oct. 12 at Georgia Athens, Ga. Oct. 19 Florida Columbia, S.C. Oct. 26 at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. Nov. 2 Vanderbilt Columbia, S.C. Nov. 9 Appalachian St. Columbia, S.C. Nov. 16 at Texas A&M Co. Station, Texas Nov. 23 Open date - - Nov. 30 Clemson Columbia, S.C.
  6. GAMEDAY THREAD GAME 2 & 3 Carolina vs Texas A&M **Saturday, April 20, at 12:00 /4:00 p.m. ET** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Texas A&M Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Texas A&M Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Baseball 4/17/2019 Kent Reichert | GCF Staff Report Carolina Hosts Texas A&M in Thursday-Saturday Set The Gamecocks and Aggies start the series Thursday night at 7 p.m. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team returns to Founders Park, hosting a three-game SEC series against Texas A&M. The series will begin on Thursday night (April 18) at 7 p.m. and continue Friday night (April 19) at the same time. Saturday's game will start at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday's games will be streamed on SEC Network +. Saturday's game will be televised on SEC Network with Mike Morgan and Ben McDonald on the call. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina is coming off an impressive 5-2 win over No. 17 North Carolina Tuesday night (April 16). Dylan Harley struck out six in 3.1 innings of relief while Andrew Eyster and TJ Hopkins homered for the Gamecocks. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. Saturday Game Time: 4 p.m. Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 1 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION ThursdaySouth Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 3-2, 3.47 ERA, 57.0 IP, 9 BB, 41 SOTexas A&M John Doxakis (Jr. LHP) 4-2, 1.76 ERA, 56.1 IP, 7 BB, 63 SO FridaySouth Carolina Cam Tringali (R-Fr. RHP) 2-0, 2.81 ERA, 41.2 IP, 7 BB, 41 SOTexas A&M Asa Lacy (So. LHP) 6-1, 1.69 ERA, 53.1 IP, 21 BB, 83 SO SaturdaySouth Carolina TBATexas A&M TBA SCOUTING TEXAS A&M The Aggies fell to Houston on the road, 4-1, on Tuesday night (April 16). Texas A&M was held to two hits on the night, while Chris Weber struck out five in three innings of relief. All-American shortstop Braden Shewmake leads the Aggies with a .327 batting average and has eight doubles with 32 RBI on the year. Mikey Hoehner is hitting .308 with eight doubles this season. On the mound, the combo of lefties John Doxakis and Asa Lacy have allowed just 21 runs in 109.1 innings pitched. THE SERIES Carolina leads the all-time series with Texas A&M, 9-5, after winning two of three games from the Aggies last season. Noah Campbellhomered and drove in two while Madison Stokes and Carlos Cortes each had a two-run home run in the 10-1 win in the series and regular-season finale. The Gamecocks are 4-2 all-time against A&M in Columbia. GAMECOCK EXCEL AGAINST ACC COMPETITION Carolina ended its five-game regular season slate with the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday, defeating North Carolina, 5-2, in Charlotte. The Gamecocks went 4-1 against ACC teams this year, hitting .302 in those games. Andrew Eyster had the best results against the conference, going 8-for-16 with two doubles and two home runs in those five games. The three ACC opponents - Clemson, N.C. State and North Carolina - have a combined record of 82-31. PITCHING STIFLES TAR HEEL BATS Five Gamecock pitchers combined to allow just four hits to go along with 13 strikeouts in a 5-2 win over North Carolina on April 16. Dylan Harley had six strikeouts in 3.1 innings of relief, earning the win, while John Gilreath had four punchouts in 2.1 innings. Brett Kerry came on to earn his fourth save of the season, striking out Michael Busch to end the game. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is second in the SEC with 12 home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for third in triples (3), ninth in total bases (85) and ninth in slugging percentage (.590). Olson is third in slugging percentage (.638) and fifth in total bases (88). Luke Berryhill is sixth in doubles (14). On the mound, Reid Morgan is tied for fourth with 57.0 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for sixth with 17 appearances. As a team, SC is 14th in batting average, 13th in ERA and seventh in fielding percentage. UP NEXT The Gamecocks will face Charleston Southern at SRP Park in North Augusta, S.C., home of the Augusta Greenjackets. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
  7. GAMEDAY THREAD GAME 1 Carolina vs Texas A&M **Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. ET** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Texas A&M Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Texas A&M Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Baseball 4/17/2019 Kent Reichert | GCF Staff Report Carolina Hosts Texas A&M in Thursday-Saturday Set The Gamecocks and Aggies start the series Thursday night at 7 p.m. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team returns to Founders Park, hosting a three-game SEC series against Texas A&M. The series will begin on Thursday night (April 18) at 7 p.m. and continue Friday night (April 19) at the same time. Saturday's game will start at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday's games will be streamed on SEC Network +. Saturday's game will be televised on SEC Network with Mike Morgan and Ben McDonald on the call. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina is coming off an impressive 5-2 win over No. 17 North Carolina Tuesday night (April 16). Dylan Harley struck out six in 3.1 innings of relief while Andrew Eyster and TJ Hopkins homered for the Gamecocks. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. Saturday Game Time: 4 p.m. Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 1 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION ThursdaySouth Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 3-2, 3.47 ERA, 57.0 IP, 9 BB, 41 SOTexas A&M John Doxakis (Jr. LHP) 4-2, 1.76 ERA, 56.1 IP, 7 BB, 63 SO FridaySouth Carolina Cam Tringali (R-Fr. RHP) 2-0, 2.81 ERA, 41.2 IP, 7 BB, 41 SOTexas A&M Asa Lacy (So. LHP) 6-1, 1.69 ERA, 53.1 IP, 21 BB, 83 SO SaturdaySouth Carolina TBATexas A&M TBA SCOUTING TEXAS A&M The Aggies fell to Houston on the road, 4-1, on Tuesday night (April 16). Texas A&M was held to two hits on the night, while Chris Weber struck out five in three innings of relief. All-American shortstop Braden Shewmake leads the Aggies with a .327 batting average and has eight doubles with 32 RBI on the year. Mikey Hoehner is hitting .308 with eight doubles this season. On the mound, the combo of lefties John Doxakis and Asa Lacy have allowed just 21 runs in 109.1 innings pitched. THE SERIES Carolina leads the all-time series with Texas A&M, 9-5, after winning two of three games from the Aggies last season. Noah Campbellhomered and drove in two while Madison Stokes and Carlos Cortes each had a two-run home run in the 10-1 win in the series and regular-season finale. The Gamecocks are 4-2 all-time against A&M in Columbia. GAMECOCK EXCEL AGAINST ACC COMPETITION Carolina ended its five-game regular season slate with the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday, defeating North Carolina, 5-2, in Charlotte. The Gamecocks went 4-1 against ACC teams this year, hitting .302 in those games. Andrew Eyster had the best results against the conference, going 8-for-16 with two doubles and two home runs in those five games. The three ACC opponents - Clemson, N.C. State and North Carolina - have a combined record of 82-31. PITCHING STIFLES TAR HEEL BATS Five Gamecock pitchers combined to allow just four hits to go along with 13 strikeouts in a 5-2 win over North Carolina on April 16. Dylan Harley had six strikeouts in 3.1 innings of relief, earning the win, while John Gilreath had four punchouts in 2.1 innings. Brett Kerry came on to earn his fourth save of the season, striking out Michael Busch to end the game. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is second in the SEC with 12 home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for third in triples (3), ninth in total bases (85) and ninth in slugging percentage (.590). Olson is third in slugging percentage (.638) and fifth in total bases (88). Luke Berryhill is sixth in doubles (14). On the mound, Reid Morgan is tied for fourth with 57.0 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for sixth with 17 appearances. As a team, SC is 14th in batting average, 13th in ERA and seventh in fielding percentage. UP NEXT The Gamecocks will face Charleston Southern at SRP Park in North Augusta, S.C., home of the Augusta Greenjackets. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
  8. GAMEDAY THREAD South Carolina vs North Carolina **Tuesday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. ET** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL North Carolina Tar Heels Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Carolina picked up its eighth one-run win on Tuesday night, defeating Charlotte 5-4 at Founders Park. It was Carolina's 11th win by one or two runs. Andrew Eyster had a solo home run in the sixth inning that gave the Gamecocks a lead it would never relinquish.Cam Tringali had a strong start in Carolina's 6-3 win over Florida on Friday night. The redshirt freshman from Columbia went six-plus innings, allowing just four hits with one earned run and three strikeouts with no walks. Tringali earned the win against the Gators, his second of the season.The Gamecocks hit four home runs in Friday night's win. George Callil and Luke Berryhill went deep in the third inning while Quinntin Perez and Chris Cullen went yard in the fourth. After the Florida series, the Gamecocks have hit 57 home runs on the season.Brett Kerry pitched the final 2.1 innings in Friday's win over Florida, and while he didn't pick up a save, he struck out a pair and got out of jams in the seventh and ninth innings to preserve the win. Kerry is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 34.1 innings pitched this season.Carolina heads to Charlotte for the second time this season on Tuesday night, facing North Carolina at 7 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark. The Gamecocks then play their third straight Thursday-Saturday series in a row, hosting Texas A&M at Founders Park. Saturday's game will be televised on SEC Network.
  9. This'll be pretty much a commitment watch thread Every time there is a SpursUp Gamecocks get a commit #spursup hashtag on Twitter https://twitter.com/hashtag/spursup
  10. GAMEDAY THREAD GAME 3 Carolina vs Florida **Saturday, April 13, at 3:30 p.m. ET** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Florida Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Baseball 4/10/2019 Kent Reichert | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Carolina Travels to Gainesville for Weekend Series at Florida Carolina has its second Thursday-Saturday series in as many weeks, travelling to the Sunshine State. Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS LIVE VIDEO COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team heads back on the road this weekend, visiting Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game series at Florida. The series begins on Thursday night (April 11) at 7:30 p.m. and continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series wraps up on Saturday afternoon (April 13) with a 3:30 p.m. first pitch. Thursday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Tom Hart and Kyle Peterson on the call. Friday and Saturday's game will be streamed on SEC Network +. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina is coming off a 5-4 win over Charlotte on Tuesday night (April 9). Andrew Eyster homered for the Gamecocks to break a 3-all tie and Sawyer Bridges earned the win on the mound, striking out the side in the sixth inning. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION ThursdaySouth Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 3-1, 2.60 ERA, 52.0 IP, 6 BB, 39 SOFlorida Tommy Mace (So. RHP) 5-3, 4.26 ERA, 50.2 IP, 14 BB, 42 SO FridaySouth Carolina Cam Tringali (R-So. RHP) 1-0, 3.03 ERA, 35.2 IP, 7 BB, 38 SOFlorida Christian Scott (Fr. RHP) 3-1, 3.60 ERA, 25.0 IP, 8 BB, 27 SO SaturdaySouth Carolina TBAFlorida TBA SCOUTING FLORIDA The Gators went to Florida State and picked up a 3-1 win over the Seminoles on Tuesday night. Ben Specht struck out five in three innings of relief to earn the win. Brady McConnell leads the Gators with a .385 batting average while Nelson Maldonado has 11 doubles and six home runs. On the mound, Tommy Mace will start on Thursday. He is 5-3 with 42 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched. THE SERIES The all-time series between the two schools is tied up at 46 wins apiece. Florida won 2-of-3 games last season in Columbia. The Gamecocks picked up a win in the Saturday game, 15-7, as Jacob Olson and Jonah Bride had three hits apiece and Noah Campbell had an inside-the-park home run. Florida leads the series 25-14 in games in Gainesville. GAMECOCKS WIN EIGHTH ONE-RUN GAME Carolina defeated Charlotte, 5-4, on Tuesday (April 9) to improve to 8-2 this season in one-run games. The Gamecocks last two wins have been 5-4 decisions as Carolina beat Alabama in 12 innings on April 6. Eleven of Carolina's 20 win have been by either one or two runs, four of them in the walk-off variety. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is second in the SEC with 12 home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for second in triples (3), tied for eighth in home runs (8), tied for seventh in total bases (77) and eighth in slugging percentage (.592). Olson is fourth in slugging percentage (.648) and tied for third in total bases (83). Luke Berryhill is tied for seventh in doubles (12). On the mound, Reid Morgan is third with 52.0 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for fourth with 16 appearances. UP NEXT Carolina makes its second trip to BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte for a Tuesday night (April 16) matchup against North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
  11. GAMEDAY THREAD GAME 2 Carolina vs Florida **Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. ET** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Florida Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Baseball 4/10/2019 Kent Reichert | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Carolina Travels to Gainesville for Weekend Series at Florida Carolina has its second Thursday-Saturday series in as many weeks, travelling to the Sunshine State. Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS LIVE VIDEO COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team heads back on the road this weekend, visiting Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game series at Florida. The series begins on Thursday night (April 11) at 7:30 p.m. and continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series wraps up on Saturday afternoon (April 13) with a 3:30 p.m. first pitch. Thursday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Tom Hart and Kyle Peterson on the call. Friday and Saturday's game will be streamed on SEC Network +. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina is coming off a 5-4 win over Charlotte on Tuesday night (April 9). Andrew Eyster homered for the Gamecocks to break a 3-all tie and Sawyer Bridges earned the win on the mound, striking out the side in the sixth inning. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION ThursdaySouth Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 3-1, 2.60 ERA, 52.0 IP, 6 BB, 39 SOFlorida Tommy Mace (So. RHP) 5-3, 4.26 ERA, 50.2 IP, 14 BB, 42 SO FridaySouth Carolina Cam Tringali (R-So. RHP) 1-0, 3.03 ERA, 35.2 IP, 7 BB, 38 SOFlorida Christian Scott (Fr. RHP) 3-1, 3.60 ERA, 25.0 IP, 8 BB, 27 SO SaturdaySouth Carolina TBAFlorida TBA SCOUTING FLORIDA The Gators went to Florida State and picked up a 3-1 win over the Seminoles on Tuesday night. Ben Specht struck out five in three innings of relief to earn the win. Brady McConnell leads the Gators with a .385 batting average while Nelson Maldonado has 11 doubles and six home runs. On the mound, Tommy Mace will start on Thursday. He is 5-3 with 42 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched. THE SERIES The all-time series between the two schools is tied up at 46 wins apiece. Florida won 2-of-3 games last season in Columbia. The Gamecocks picked up a win in the Saturday game, 15-7, as Jacob Olson and Jonah Bride had three hits apiece and Noah Campbell had an inside-the-park home run. Florida leads the series 25-14 in games in Gainesville. GAMECOCKS WIN EIGHTH ONE-RUN GAME Carolina defeated Charlotte, 5-4, on Tuesday (April 9) to improve to 8-2 this season in one-run games. The Gamecocks last two wins have been 5-4 decisions as Carolina beat Alabama in 12 innings on April 6. Eleven of Carolina's 20 win have been by either one or two runs, four of them in the walk-off variety. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is second in the SEC with 12 home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for second in triples (3), tied for eighth in home runs (8), tied for seventh in total bases (77) and eighth in slugging percentage (.592). Olson is fourth in slugging percentage (.648) and tied for third in total bases (83). Luke Berryhill is tied for seventh in doubles (12). On the mound, Reid Morgan is third with 52.0 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for fourth with 16 appearances. UP NEXT Carolina makes its second trip to BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte for a Tuesday night (April 16) matchup against North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
  12. GAMEDAY THREAD GAME 1 Carolina vs Florida **Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Florida Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Baseball 4/10/2019 Kent Reichert | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Carolina Travels to Gainesville for Weekend Series at Florida Carolina has its second Thursday-Saturday series in as many weeks, travelling to the Sunshine State. Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS LIVE VIDEO COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team heads back on the road this weekend, visiting Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game series at Florida. The series begins on Thursday night (April 11) at 7:30 p.m. and continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series wraps up on Saturday afternoon (April 13) with a 3:30 p.m. first pitch. Thursday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Tom Hart and Kyle Peterson on the call. Friday and Saturday's game will be streamed on SEC Network +. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina is coming off a 5-4 win over Charlotte on Tuesday night (April 9). Andrew Eyster homered for the Gamecocks to break a 3-all tie and Sawyer Bridges earned the win on the mound, striking out the side in the sixth inning. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION ThursdaySouth Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 3-1, 2.60 ERA, 52.0 IP, 6 BB, 39 SOFlorida Tommy Mace (So. RHP) 5-3, 4.26 ERA, 50.2 IP, 14 BB, 42 SO FridaySouth Carolina Cam Tringali (R-So. RHP) 1-0, 3.03 ERA, 35.2 IP, 7 BB, 38 SOFlorida Christian Scott (Fr. RHP) 3-1, 3.60 ERA, 25.0 IP, 8 BB, 27 SO SaturdaySouth Carolina TBAFlorida TBA SCOUTING FLORIDA The Gators went to Florida State and picked up a 3-1 win over the Seminoles on Tuesday night. Ben Specht struck out five in three innings of relief to earn the win. Brady McConnell leads the Gators with a .385 batting average while Nelson Maldonado has 11 doubles and six home runs. On the mound, Tommy Mace will start on Thursday. He is 5-3 with 42 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched. THE SERIES The all-time series between the two schools is tied up at 46 wins apiece. Florida won 2-of-3 games last season in Columbia. The Gamecocks picked up a win in the Saturday game, 15-7, as Jacob Olson and Jonah Bride had three hits apiece and Noah Campbell had an inside-the-park home run. Florida leads the series 25-14 in games in Gainesville. GAMECOCKS WIN EIGHTH ONE-RUN GAME Carolina defeated Charlotte, 5-4, on Tuesday (April 9) to improve to 8-2 this season in one-run games. The Gamecocks last two wins have been 5-4 decisions as Carolina beat Alabama in 12 innings on April 6. Eleven of Carolina's 20 win have been by either one or two runs, four of them in the walk-off variety. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is second in the SEC with 12 home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for second in triples (3), tied for eighth in home runs (8), tied for seventh in total bases (77) and eighth in slugging percentage (.592). Olson is fourth in slugging percentage (.648) and tied for third in total bases (83). Luke Berryhill is tied for seventh in doubles (12). On the mound, Reid Morgan is third with 52.0 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for fourth with 16 appearances. UP NEXT Carolina makes its second trip to BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte for a Tuesday night (April 16) matchup against North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
  13. Carolina vs Charlotte **Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. ET** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Alabama Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Baseball 4/8/2019 Kent Reichert | GCF Staff Report Carolina Hosts Charlotte Tuesday Night at Founders Park The Gamecocks and 49ers square off Tuesday at 7 p.m. Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE VIDEO LIVE STATS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team returns to Founders Park for the first time in April as the Gamecocks host Charlotte Tuesday night (April 9) at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on SEC Network + with Burch Antley and Michael Roth on the call. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina won 1-of-3 games at Alabama this past weekend, taking the series finale, 5-4, in 12 innings. Brett Kerry pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win while TJ Hopkins scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the 12th. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Tuesday South Carolina TJ Shook (R-So. RHP) 2-1, 3.38 ERA, 26.2 IP, 13 BB, 38 SO Charlotte Mason Herbert (Fr. RHP) 0-1, 10.80 ERA, 11.2 IP, 8 BB, 5 SO SCOUTING CHARLOTTE The 49ers were swept at home by Florida Atlantic this past weekend. Charlotte is led at the plate by Todd Elwood, who is hitting .395 with six doubles. Dominick Cammarata has a team-best six home runs, while Harris Yett has 16 doubles and 27 RBI. On the mound, Matt Brooks is 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched. THE SERIES Carolina is 24-8 against Charlotte in the all-time season series. The two teams have played just once since 2008 as the Gamecocks defeated the 49ers, 5-4, on Feb. 21, 2017. Alex Destino and Jacob Olson each homered for Carolina in the win while Tyler Johnson struck out a pair to earn the save. KERRY THROWS UP ZEROES IN WIN OVER ALABAMA Freshman Brett Kerry was instrumental in helping the Gamecocks pick up the 5-4, 12-inning win over Alabama on Saturday (April 6) as he pitched the final 5.2 innings, allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out four. Kerry retired the final seven batters to the plate and picked up crucial outs with runners in scoring position in both the ninth and 10th frames. On the year, Kerry is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA, three saves and 41 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched. EIGHT GAMECOCKS DOT MLB OPENING DAY ROSTERS South Carolina had eight players on Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day (March 28), including Jackie Bradley Jr., who earned a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox and was named the 2018 ALCS Most Valuable Player. Whit Merrifield (Kansas City), Justin Smoak (Toronto), Sam Dyson (San Francisco), Grayson Greiner (Detroit) and Christian Walker (Arizona) all are on active rosters while Steve Pearce (Boston), who was the 2018 World Series MVP, and Jordan Montgomery (New York Yankees) will start the 2019 season on the disabled list. Tyler Webb (St. Louis) is on the Cardinals' 40-man roster heading into the new campaign. The SEC has 85 former players on Opening Day rosters. UP NEXT Carolina heads to Gainesville, Fla., and McKethan Stadium for a three-game set at Florida. The series begins Thursday night (April 11) at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU with Tom Hart and Kyle Peterson on the call.
  14. Who do you want to come out of spring practice as the number 2 QB? With only a couple of weeks left before the annual spring game, then comes the summer wait for the next big event which will be the start of SEC media days in July. We all know the no. 1 QB will be Bently, We all want to know who the number 2 will be going into fall practice. Gamecocks have lot's of talent here is the list and who will be the man to back up Bently and be the future starter for the Gamecocks in 2020 season? STARTER # Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Class Stars Hometown (last school) 19 Jake Bentley QB Sr. 6-4 220 2016 4 Opelika, Ala. (Opelika) BACKUPS .ms-elegant-main { border: 2.25pt double black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-tl { font-family: small-caps; font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-left { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-top { font-family: small-caps; font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-even { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .auto-style1 { border-collapse: collapse; border: 2.25pt solid black; background-color: white; } .auto-style2 { text-align: center; } # Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Class Stars Hometown (last school) 3 Ryan Hilinski QB Fr. 6-3 230 2019 4 Orange, Calif. (Orange Lutheran) 7 Dakereon Joyner QB Fr. R. 6-1 205 2018 4 North Charleston, S.C. (Fort Dorchester) 10 Jay Urich QB So. R. 6-5 205 2017 3 Greenville, S.C. (Wren)
  15. GAMEDAY BASEBALL THREAD GAME 3: South Carolina at Alabama **Saturday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m. ET ** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Alabama Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Gamecocks Head to Alabama for a Three-Game SEC Series 4/3/2019 | Baseball GAME NOTES (PDF)LIVE VIDEOLIVE STATS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face the University of Alabama in the season's first Thursday-Saturday series. The series starts Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET) with Friday's game at the same time. The series wraps up Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. CT). Thursday and Friday's games will be televised on SEC Network with Dave Neal and Chris Burke on the call, while Saturday game will be streamed on SEC Network +. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina defeated No. 3 North Carolina State, 10-8, Tuesday night in Charlotte as Jacob Olson ended a wild contest with a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, Carolina's fourth walk-off win of the season. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Thursday South Carolina Danny Lloyd (Fr. RHP) 2-2, 4.72 ERA, 13.1 IP, 9 BB, 17 SO Alabama Sam Finnerty (Sr. RHP) 4-3, 3.92 ERA, 39.0 IP, 6 BB, 31 SO Friday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 3-0, 2.17 ERA, 45.2 IP, 5 BB, 38 SO Alabama Brock Love (R-Jr. RHP) 3-1, 4.10 ERA, 26.1 IP, 10 BB, 33 SO Saturday South Carolina TBA Alabama Tyler Ras (Fr. RHP) 1-2, 3.22 ERA, 22.1 IP, 9 BB, 19 SO SCOUTING ALABAMA The Crimson Tide are coming off an 8-4 loss to Troy on Tuesday night. John Trousdale had two hits and drove in a pair in the loss. Alabama is led offensively by Kolby Robinson, who is hitting .365 with 18 RBI. Tyler Gentry has five home runs and 22 RBI while Morgan McCullough has 10 doubles. On the mound, Brock Love leads the staff with 33 strikeouts while Sam Finnerty is 4-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched. THE SERIES Carolina holds a 36-27 series advantage on Alabama heading into Thursday's contest. The two teams last met in 2017 at Founders Park where Carolina won 2-of-3 games from the Crimson Tide, including a 6-5, 10-inning win on Saturday after a walk-off single from Justin Row. The last meeting in Tuscaloosa was in 2016. The Gamecocks swept the series on its way to an SEC East Division crown. OLSON'S BLAST WALKS OFF WOLFPACK Senior Jacob Olson's two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Carolina to a 10-8 win over No. 3 North Carolina State Tuesday night (April 2). It was Olson's second walk-off home run of the season as he also had one on March 9 against Valparaiso. It also was Olson's third multi-home run game of the year. Carolina had four home runs in the contest, upping its season total to 50. The win was Carolina's fourth walk-off win of the year (Feb. 17 vs. Liberty, Feb. 23 vs. Utah Valley and March 9 vs. Valparaiso), three of which have come on walk-off home runs. GAMECOCKS TAKE THEIR ACT ON THE ROAD The Gamecocks have just four games at Founders Park in the month of April - a midweek game vs. Charlotte (April 9) and a three-game series vs. Texas A&M (April 18-20). Carolina has three neutral-site contest and three SEC road series beginning April 4 at Alabama. Carolina is 4-2 in true road games heading into the Alabama series and won its first neutral site game on April 2 in a 10-8 win over No. 3 N.C. State. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is second in the league with 11 home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for the lead in triples (3), tied for fifth in home runs (8), sixth in total bases (72) and ninth in slugging percentage (.615). Olson is third in slugging percentage (.670) and tied for second in total bases (77). Luke Berryhill is tied for sixth in doubles (11) and is 10th in slugging percentage (.610). On the mound, Reid Morgan is tied for third with 45.2 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for third with 15 appearances. As a team, SC is 14th in batting average, 13th in ERA and eighth in fielding percentage. UP NEXT Carolina hosts Charlotte Tuesday night (April 9) at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on SEC Network +.
  16. SOUTH CAROLINA SPRING GAME DETAILS Spring Football Game LISTEN IN FOLKS When: Noon Saturday, April 6 Where: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia (gates open at 10:30) Admission: Free TV: SEC Network (Matt Schick, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang) Radio: 107.5 The Game in the Columbia area Parking: The Key Road lot will open at 8 a.m. and is free to the public. The Fairgrounds lots (entrance through gates 6 and 10) and Gamecock Park will also open at 8 am, with spots available for $10 per vehicle. Gamecock Park will close two hours following the conclusion of the game. Extra: Former Gamecock lettermen will take part in a flag football game inside Williams Brice at 11 am. Five things to watch in South Carolina’s spring football game South Carolina football will wrap up spring practice with its the Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday. It will be the public debut for a group of early enrollees, led by Zacch Pickens and Ryan Hilinski. A few storylines to watch: THE BACKUP QBS, LED BY HILINSKI Going into any spring game, the top focus is going to be the quarterbacks if there’s an open competition or the backups because they’re so rarely seen. Jake Bentley is pretty much in line to start, but it will be the public debut of four-star freshman Ryan Hilinski. He, former four-star Dakereon Joyner and Jay Urich are battling for the No. 2 job. What order they go in and what they show might give an inkling as to who is making progress as the team prepares for the season after Bentley departs. WHO ACTUALLY PLAYS As with any spring, the Gamecocks are short on bodies. Half the freshmen aren’t enrolled. Plenty of the starters or potential starters are recovering from injuries. USC will be without Javon Kinlaw and T.J. Brunson. That’s before considering the likes of OrTre Smith, Jamyest Williams or Rico Dowdle who have all been banged up or limited this spring. Assuming the team stays with its first-team/second-team format, we might at least get a sense of where things are stacking up. WHO’S NEXT AT TIGHT END? Unless a defensive back just really shines (looking at you Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu), spring games are mostly about skill guys. South Carolina either knows what it has or will be missing key faces at receiver in running back, but tight end is a bit of a question mark. Kiel Pollard and Kyle Markway are the obvious heir apparents, as they got the most backup work last season. But Evan Hinson could be a factor as a play-maker, the staff mentioned Will Register a few times during the spring and early enrollee Traevon Kenion will see some action. ZACCH PICKENS’ DEBUT A spring game isn’t the best place for a defensive lineman, as his opportunities to tackle a quarterback tend to be limited (although USC’s backups will be live). That said, Pickens is a big curiosity as a five-star recruit, the highest-rated the program has had since Jadeveon Clowney. He’s got the size and ability to be an impact player in Year 1, and we get our first look at what he might be. THE NEWEST TAILBACK Yes, this list is heavy on the freshmen. Outside of them, much of the group has already held some kind of role in-season. Oh, and newcomer Kevin Harris got some social media buzz trampling over some defenders in video that leaked out online. Through spring, the early enrollee has been praised for his power, for how hard he is to tackle and been compared to at least one NFL player with a vehicular nickname. If he can truck a few backup linebackers, it would be worth taking a watch.
  17. GAMEDAY BASEBALL THREAD GAME 1 & 2: South Carolina at Alabama **Friday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. Second game 7 p.m ET ** LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Alabama Vs. South Carolina Gamecock Gamecocks Head to Alabama for a Three-Game SEC Series 4/3/2019 | Baseball GAME NOTES (PDF)LIVE VIDEOLIVE STATS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face the University of Alabama in the season's first Thursday-Saturday series. The series starts Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET) with Friday's game at the same time. The series wraps up Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. CT). Thursday and Friday's games will be televised on SEC Network with Dave Neal and Chris Burke on the call, while Saturday game will be streamed on SEC Network +. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina defeated No. 3 North Carolina State, 10-8, Tuesday night in Charlotte as Jacob Olson ended a wild contest with a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, Carolina's fourth walk-off win of the season. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Thursday South Carolina Danny Lloyd (Fr. RHP) 2-2, 4.72 ERA, 13.1 IP, 9 BB, 17 SO Alabama Sam Finnerty (Sr. RHP) 4-3, 3.92 ERA, 39.0 IP, 6 BB, 31 SO Friday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 3-0, 2.17 ERA, 45.2 IP, 5 BB, 38 SO Alabama Brock Love (R-Jr. RHP) 3-1, 4.10 ERA, 26.1 IP, 10 BB, 33 SO Saturday South Carolina TBA Alabama Tyler Ras (Fr. RHP) 1-2, 3.22 ERA, 22.1 IP, 9 BB, 19 SO SCOUTING ALABAMA The Crimson Tide are coming off an 8-4 loss to Troy on Tuesday night. John Trousdale had two hits and drove in a pair in the loss. Alabama is led offensively by Kolby Robinson, who is hitting .365 with 18 RBI. Tyler Gentry has five home runs and 22 RBI while Morgan McCullough has 10 doubles. On the mound, Brock Love leads the staff with 33 strikeouts while Sam Finnerty is 4-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched. THE SERIES Carolina holds a 36-27 series advantage on Alabama heading into Thursday's contest. The two teams last met in 2017 at Founders Park where Carolina won 2-of-3 games from the Crimson Tide, including a 6-5, 10-inning win on Saturday after a walk-off single from Justin Row. The last meeting in Tuscaloosa was in 2016. The Gamecocks swept the series on its way to an SEC East Division crown. OLSON'S BLAST WALKS OFF WOLFPACK Senior Jacob Olson's two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Carolina to a 10-8 win over No. 3 North Carolina State Tuesday night (April 2). It was Olson's second walk-off home run of the season as he also had one on March 9 against Valparaiso. It also was Olson's third multi-home run game of the year. Carolina had four home runs in the contest, upping its season total to 50. The win was Carolina's fourth walk-off win of the year (Feb. 17 vs. Liberty, Feb. 23 vs. Utah Valley and March 9 vs. Valparaiso), three of which have come on walk-off home runs. GAMECOCKS TAKE THEIR ACT ON THE ROAD The Gamecocks have just four games at Founders Park in the month of April - a midweek game vs. Charlotte (April 9) and a three-game series vs. Texas A&M (April 18-20). Carolina has three neutral-site contest and three SEC road series beginning April 4 at Alabama. Carolina is 4-2 in true road games heading into the Alabama series and won its first neutral site game on April 2 in a 10-8 win over No. 3 N.C. State. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is second in the league with 11 home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for the lead in triples (3), tied for fifth in home runs (8), sixth in total bases (72) and ninth in slugging percentage (.615). Olson is third in slugging percentage (.670) and tied for second in total bases (77). Luke Berryhill is tied for sixth in doubles (11) and is 10th in slugging percentage (.610). On the mound, Reid Morgan is tied for third with 45.2 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for third with 15 appearances. As a team, SC is 14th in batting average, 13th in ERA and eighth in fielding percentage. UP NEXT Carolina hosts Charlotte Tuesday night (April 9) at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on SEC Network +.
  18. 2019 Gamecock Recruiting class is full and has a nice diversity overall. The only thing lacking in the 2019 cycle was a top-notch running back, Gamecocks could feel those needs with 2020 class. Names to keep an Eye on are Five-star tailback MarShawn Lloyd and Four-star targets Tank Bigsby. Gamecock are in good with both. Gamecocks have a good chance at both at this time. On the defensive side lots of talented players, the Gamecocks are at this time involved with some instate and out of state top talent. If Boom can have a good season next year get to 8 to 10 wins would help in landing some of the top talents. This could be the class that can put them over the hump and possible rival the Class the ole Ball Coach had in 2007 to lay the groundwork for the success he had. 2020 class has started out with a bang. With the Ops building in full swing, this will be another exciting recruiting cycle to follow so let the commits commence!!
  19. The season is in the books what should happen next? How many say give Frank Martin another year? Should he be given two more years? Do you hope he leaves on his own? Say let Frank go cut him loose now?
  20. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL N.C. State Vs. South Carolina Gamecock GAMEDAY BASEBALL THREAD: South Carolina vs N.C. State **Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.** Baseball 4/1/2019 Kent Reichert | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Carolina Faces Wolfpack Tuesday Night at BB&T Ballpark Carolina and N.C. State will play each other for the first time since 2008. Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS LIVE VIDEO COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team heads to Charlotte, N.C., and BB&T Ballpark as the Gamecocks face No. 3 North Carolina State Tuesday night (April 2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday's game will be streamed on SEC Network + with Burch Antley and Kip Bouknight on the call. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina lost 2-of-3 games to Auburn this past weekend, winning Saturday's game 4-0 as Reid Morgan pitched seven-plus scoreless innings. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION FridaySouth Carolina Dylan Harley (Fr. LHP) 1-2, 7.77 ERA, 22.0 IP, 15 BB, 28 SON.C. State Canaan Silver (So. LHP) 1-0, 2.45 ERA, 22.0 IP, 7 BB, 15 SO SCOUTING N.C. STATE North Carolina State is one of the hottest teams in the country, coming into Tuesday's game with a 27-2 record. The Wolfpack took 2-of-3 games from Virginia this past weekend and won its first 19 games of the season. Leading N.C. State offensively is Tyler McDonough as he is hitting .366. Will Wilson has 13 doubles and eight home runs and Evan Edwards has 35 RBI. The Wolfpack will start lefty Canaan Silver. He is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. THE SERIES N.C. State has a 35-21 series advantage in the all-time series but this will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2008. The two teams did face off in the fall, with Carolina winning 2-1 in five innings as Noah Campbell and Andrew Eyster homered in the victory. PITCHING DAZZLES IN SHUTOUT WIN Junior Reid Morgan and freshman Brett Kerry combined to shut out Auburn on Saturday afternoon (March 30) at Founders Park. Morgan went seven-plus frames, allowing five hits with four strikeouts and just one walk while Kerry pitched two scoreless innings with a pair of punchouts to seal the win. Morgan is now 3-0 on the season with a 2.17 ERA while Kerry is 2-1 with three saves and a 2.05 ERA. EIGHT GAMECOCKS DOT MLB OPENING DAY ROSTERS South Carolina had eight players on Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day (March 28), including Jackie Bradley Jr., who earned a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox and was named the 2018 ALCS Most Valuable Player. Whit Merrifield (Kansas City), Justin Smoak (Toronto), Sam Dyson (San Francisco), Grayson Greiner (Detroit) and Christian Walker (Arizona) all are on active rosters while Steve Pearce (Boston), who was the 2018 World Series MVP, and Jordan Montgomery (New York Yankees) will start the 2019 season on the disabled list. Tyler Webb (St. Louis) is on the Cardinals' 40-man roster heading into the new campaign. The SEC has 85 former players on Opening Day rosters. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is tied for second with nine home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins is third in triples (3), tied for fifth in home runs (8), fifth in total bases (71) and seventh in slugging percentage (.628). Olson is eighth in slugging percentage (.627) and sixth in total bases (69). Luke Berryhill is tied for fifth in doubles (11). On the mound, Reid Morgan is tied for third with 45.2 innings pitched and Cam Tringaliis tied for the lead with 15 appearances. As a team, SC is 14th in batting average, 13th in ERA and seventh in fielding percentage. UP NEXT The Gamecocks travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face Alabama in a three-game series. The series starts Thursday night (April 4) at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET) and continues Friday night at the same time. Both games will be televised on SEC Network. The series concludes Saturday afternoon (April 6) at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET).
  21. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Auburn Tigers Vs. South Carolina Gamecock GAMEDAY BASEBALL THREAD GAME 3: South Carolina vs Auburn **Sunday at 1:00 p.m.** Baseball 3/28/2019 Kent Reichert | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Carolina Hosts Auburn to Close out March The Gamecocks and Tigers start the series Friday night at 7 p.m. Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE VIDEO LIVE STATS TICKETS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team hosts No. 15 Auburn for a three-game SEC series March 29-31 at Founders Park. Friday's game begins at 7 p.m. with Saturday's contest scheduled for 1 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday at noon. Friday's game will be streamed on SEC Network + while Saturday and Sunday's game will be televised on SEC Network with Dave Neal and Mike Rooney on the call. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina fell to North Carolina A&T, 2-0, Tuesday night at Founders Park. Dylan Harley and Wesley Sweatt combined to strike out seven in eight innings of work. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. Lots A and B are also reserved for men's and women's basketball parking on Feb. 19, 26, March 3 and March 9. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. Saturday Game Time: 4 p.m. Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 1 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. Sunday Game Time: 1:30 p.m. Stadium Opens: Noon Business Lots Open: 10:30 a.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 10:30 a.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 11:30 a.m. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Daniel Lloyd (Fr. RHP) 2-1, 4.32 ERA, 8.1 IP, 7 BB, 9 SO Auburn Tanner Burns (So. RHP) 3-0, 1.41 ERA, 38.1 IP, 8 BB, 52 SO Saturday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 2-0, 2.56 ERA, 38.2 IP, 4 BB, 34 SO Auburn Brooks Fuller (Fr. LHP) 1-0, 1.62 ERA, 16.2 IP, 12 BB, 10 SO Saturday South Carolina TBA Auburn TBA SCOUTING AUBURN The Tigers fell to Alabama, 6-3, in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery, Ala., as Steven Williams and Conor Davis had two hits apiece in the loss. Auburn opened conference play with a three-game sweep against Tennessee before losing 2-of-3 games at Mississippi State this past weekend. Rankin Woley leads the Tigers with a .323 batting average while Edouard Julien has five home runs and 26 RBI. On the mound, righty Tanner Burns is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched. THE SERIES Carolina leads the all-time series with Auburn, 45-24, and has a 20-10 record in games in Columbia. The two teams last met in 2017 in Auburn as the Tigers won 2-of-3 games. Carolina won the Saturday game, 7-0, on April 1, 2017 as Jacob Olson scored three runs and Carlos Cortes drove in five. EIGHT GAMECOCKS DOT MLB OPENING DAY ROSTERS South Carolina had eight players on Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day (March 28), including Jackie Bradley Jr., who earned a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox and was named the 2018 ALCS Most Valuable Player. Whit Merrifield (Kansas City), Justin Smoak (Toronto), Sam Dyson (San Francisco), Grayson Greiner (Detroit) and Christian Walker (Arizona) all are on active rosters while Steve Pearce (Boston), who was the 2018 World Series MVP, and Jordan Montgomery (New York Yankees) will start the 2019 season on the disabled list. Tyler Webb (St. Louis) is on the Cardinals' 40-man roster heading into the new campaign. The SEC has 85 former players on Opening Day rosters. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is tied for the SEC lead with nine home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins leads the league in total bases (70), is fourth in home runs (8), tied for the lead in triples (3) and is fifth in slugging percentage (.673). Olson is tied for second in slugging percentage (.694) and tied for second in total bases (68). Luke Berryhill is tied for second in doubles (11) and 10th in slugging percentage (.625). On the mound, Reid Morgan is third with 38.2 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for the lead with 13 appearances. As a team, SC is 14th in batting average, 12th in ERA and eighth in fielding percentage. HOPKINS NOTES Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for the team lead with a .327 batting average heading into the Auburn series while slugging .673 and leading the team and the conference with 70 total bases ... Hopkins had a pair of home runs in the 12-7 win over Furman on March 19. It is the second time in his career he has hit two home runs in a game. He had a pair on March 7, 2017, against The Citadel ... Hopkins hit for the cycle in the 12-6 win over Valpo on March 10. He homered in the fourth, doubled in the fifth, singled in the seventh and tripled in the eighth. It was the first cycle for a Gamecock since Kyle Martin at Florida in 2015 ... Hopkins earned the Tom Price Award, given to the Most Valuable Player of the Clemson series, after hitting three home runs and driving in nine on the weekend. For his efforts, Hopkins was named the SEC Player of the Week and National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA ... Hopkins is tied for the conference lead in triples (3), is fourth in home runs (8) and fifth in slugging percentage (.673). UP NEXT The Gamecocks head to Charlotte, N.C., for a neutral-site matchup with North Carolina State at BB&T Ballpark. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
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  23. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Auburn Tigers Vs. South Carolina Gamecock GAMEDAY BASEBALL THREAD GAME 2: South Carolina vs Auburn **Saturday at 1:00 p.m.** Baseball 3/28/2019 Kent Reichert | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Carolina Hosts Auburn to Close out March The Gamecocks and Tigers start the series Friday night at 7 p.m. Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE VIDEO LIVE STATS TICKETS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team hosts No. 15 Auburn for a three-game SEC series March 29-31 at Founders Park. Friday's game begins at 7 p.m. with Saturday's contest scheduled for 1 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday at noon. Friday's game will be streamed on SEC Network + while Saturday and Sunday's game will be televised on SEC Network with Dave Neal and Mike Rooney on the call. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina fell to North Carolina A&T, 2-0, Tuesday night at Founders Park. Dylan Harley and Wesley Sweatt combined to strike out seven in eight innings of work. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. Lots A and B are also reserved for men's and women's basketball parking on Feb. 19, 26, March 3 and March 9. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. Saturday Game Time: 4 p.m. Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 1 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. Sunday Game Time: 1:30 p.m. Stadium Opens: Noon Business Lots Open: 10:30 a.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 10:30 a.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 11:30 a.m. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Daniel Lloyd (Fr. RHP) 2-1, 4.32 ERA, 8.1 IP, 7 BB, 9 SO Auburn Tanner Burns (So. RHP) 3-0, 1.41 ERA, 38.1 IP, 8 BB, 52 SO Saturday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 2-0, 2.56 ERA, 38.2 IP, 4 BB, 34 SO Auburn Brooks Fuller (Fr. LHP) 1-0, 1.62 ERA, 16.2 IP, 12 BB, 10 SO Saturday South Carolina TBA Auburn TBA SCOUTING AUBURN The Tigers fell to Alabama, 6-3, in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery, Ala., as Steven Williams and Conor Davis had two hits apiece in the loss. Auburn opened conference play with a three-game sweep against Tennessee before losing 2-of-3 games at Mississippi State this past weekend. Rankin Woley leads the Tigers with a .323 batting average while Edouard Julien has five home runs and 26 RBI. On the mound, righty Tanner Burns is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched. THE SERIES Carolina leads the all-time series with Auburn, 45-24, and has a 20-10 record in games in Columbia. The two teams last met in 2017 in Auburn as the Tigers won 2-of-3 games. Carolina won the Saturday game, 7-0, on April 1, 2017 as Jacob Olson scored three runs and Carlos Cortes drove in five. EIGHT GAMECOCKS DOT MLB OPENING DAY ROSTERS South Carolina had eight players on Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day (March 28), including Jackie Bradley Jr., who earned a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox and was named the 2018 ALCS Most Valuable Player. Whit Merrifield (Kansas City), Justin Smoak (Toronto), Sam Dyson (San Francisco), Grayson Greiner (Detroit) and Christian Walker (Arizona) all are on active rosters while Steve Pearce (Boston), who was the 2018 World Series MVP, and Jordan Montgomery (New York Yankees) will start the 2019 season on the disabled list. Tyler Webb (St. Louis) is on the Cardinals' 40-man roster heading into the new campaign. The SEC has 85 former players on Opening Day rosters. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is tied for the SEC lead with nine home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins leads the league in total bases (70), is fourth in home runs (8), tied for the lead in triples (3) and is fifth in slugging percentage (.673). Olson is tied for second in slugging percentage (.694) and tied for second in total bases (68). Luke Berryhill is tied for second in doubles (11) and 10th in slugging percentage (.625). On the mound, Reid Morgan is third with 38.2 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for the lead with 13 appearances. As a team, SC is 14th in batting average, 12th in ERA and eighth in fielding percentage. HOPKINS NOTES Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for the team lead with a .327 batting average heading into the Auburn series while slugging .673 and leading the team and the conference with 70 total bases ... Hopkins had a pair of home runs in the 12-7 win over Furman on March 19. It is the second time in his career he has hit two home runs in a game. He had a pair on March 7, 2017, against The Citadel ... Hopkins hit for the cycle in the 12-6 win over Valpo on March 10. He homered in the fourth, doubled in the fifth, singled in the seventh and tripled in the eighth. It was the first cycle for a Gamecock since Kyle Martin at Florida in 2015 ... Hopkins earned the Tom Price Award, given to the Most Valuable Player of the Clemson series, after hitting three home runs and driving in nine on the weekend. For his efforts, Hopkins was named the SEC Player of the Week and National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA ... Hopkins is tied for the conference lead in triples (3), is fourth in home runs (8) and fifth in slugging percentage (.673). UP NEXT The Gamecocks head to Charlotte, N.C., for a neutral-site matchup with North Carolina State at BB&T Ballpark. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
  24. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Auburn Tigers Vs. South Carolina Gamecock GAMEDAY BASEBALL THREAD GAME 1: South Carolina vs Auburn **Friday at 7:00 p.m.** Baseball 3/28/2019 Kent Reichert | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Carolina Hosts Auburn to Close out March The Gamecocks and Tigers start the series Friday night at 7 p.m. Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE VIDEO LIVE STATS TICKETS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team hosts No. 15 Auburn for a three-game SEC series March 29-31 at Founders Park. Friday's game begins at 7 p.m. with Saturday's contest scheduled for 1 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday at noon. Friday's game will be streamed on SEC Network + while Saturday and Sunday's game will be televised on SEC Network with Dave Neal and Mike Rooney on the call. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina fell to North Carolina A&T, 2-0, Tuesday night at Founders Park. Dylan Harley and Wesley Sweatt combined to strike out seven in eight innings of work. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. Lots A and B are also reserved for men's and women's basketball parking on Feb. 19, 26, March 3 and March 9. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. Saturday Game Time: 4 p.m. Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 1 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. Sunday Game Time: 1:30 p.m. Stadium Opens: Noon Business Lots Open: 10:30 a.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 10:30 a.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 11:30 a.m. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Daniel Lloyd (Fr. RHP) 2-1, 4.32 ERA, 8.1 IP, 7 BB, 9 SO Auburn Tanner Burns (So. RHP) 3-0, 1.41 ERA, 38.1 IP, 8 BB, 52 SO Saturday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 2-0, 2.56 ERA, 38.2 IP, 4 BB, 34 SO Auburn Brooks Fuller (Fr. LHP) 1-0, 1.62 ERA, 16.2 IP, 12 BB, 10 SO Saturday South Carolina TBA Auburn TBA SCOUTING AUBURN The Tigers fell to Alabama, 6-3, in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery, Ala., as Steven Williams and Conor Davis had two hits apiece in the loss. Auburn opened conference play with a three-game sweep against Tennessee before losing 2-of-3 games at Mississippi State this past weekend. Rankin Woley leads the Tigers with a .323 batting average while Edouard Julien has five home runs and 26 RBI. On the mound, righty Tanner Burns is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched. THE SERIES Carolina leads the all-time series with Auburn, 45-24, and has a 20-10 record in games in Columbia. The two teams last met in 2017 in Auburn as the Tigers won 2-of-3 games. Carolina won the Saturday game, 7-0, on April 1, 2017 as Jacob Olson scored three runs and Carlos Cortes drove in five. EIGHT GAMECOCKS DOT MLB OPENING DAY ROSTERS South Carolina had eight players on Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day (March 28), including Jackie Bradley Jr., who earned a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox and was named the 2018 ALCS Most Valuable Player. Whit Merrifield (Kansas City), Justin Smoak (Toronto), Sam Dyson (San Francisco), Grayson Greiner (Detroit) and Christian Walker (Arizona) all are on active rosters while Steve Pearce (Boston), who was the 2018 World Series MVP, and Jordan Montgomery (New York Yankees) will start the 2019 season on the disabled list. Tyler Webb (St. Louis) is on the Cardinals' 40-man roster heading into the new campaign. The SEC has 85 former players on Opening Day rosters. SEC LEADERS At the plate, Jacob Olson is tied for the SEC lead with nine home runs. Senior TJ Hopkins leads the league in total bases (70), is fourth in home runs (8), tied for the lead in triples (3) and is fifth in slugging percentage (.673). Olson is tied for second in slugging percentage (.694) and tied for second in total bases (68). Luke Berryhill is tied for second in doubles (11) and 10th in slugging percentage (.625). On the mound, Reid Morgan is third with 38.2 innings pitched and Cam Tringali is tied for the lead with 13 appearances. As a team, SC is 14th in batting average, 12th in ERA and eighth in fielding percentage. HOPKINS NOTES Senior TJ Hopkins is tied for the team lead with a .327 batting average heading into the Auburn series while slugging .673 and leading the team and the conference with 70 total bases ... Hopkins had a pair of home runs in the 12-7 win over Furman on March 19. It is the second time in his career he has hit two home runs in a game. He had a pair on March 7, 2017, against The Citadel ... Hopkins hit for the cycle in the 12-6 win over Valpo on March 10. He homered in the fourth, doubled in the fifth, singled in the seventh and tripled in the eighth. It was the first cycle for a Gamecock since Kyle Martin at Florida in 2015 ... Hopkins earned the Tom Price Award, given to the Most Valuable Player of the Clemson series, after hitting three home runs and driving in nine on the weekend. For his efforts, Hopkins was named the SEC Player of the Week and National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA ... Hopkins is tied for the conference lead in triples (3), is fourth in home runs (8) and fifth in slugging percentage (.673). UP NEXT The Gamecocks head to Charlotte, N.C., for a neutral-site matchup with North Carolina State at BB&T Ballpark. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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