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  1. Gamecock Baseball Notebook The Gamecocks will return to action this Wednesday against Furman. May 5, 2019COLUMBIA -The University of South Carolina baseball team was swept at home by Vanderbilt in its only contests of the week.Record: 24-23SEC: 5-19Home: 15-13Road: 6-9Neutral: 3-1Streak: L6Last Week:5/3/19 – Vanderbilt (L, 11-22)5/5/19 – Vanderbilt (L, 3-9 (7))5/5/19 – Vanderbilt (L, 2-6 (7))NOTES:Andrew Eyster had a very productive weekend at the plate, going 5-for-7 (.714) with a double, a home run and three RBI. On the year, Eyster is hitting .288, which leads the team, with eight doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBI.The Gamecocks retired the jersey of Earl Bass on Saturday night before the game was rained out. Bass' No. 13 is now on the wall in left field next to Ray Tanner's No. 1. Bass was a two-time All-America first team selection who leads the Gamecock record book in shutouts, ERA and strikeouts.Jacob Olson also had a good weekend at the dish, going 5-for-9 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Olson leads the Gamecocks with 13 home runs to go along with a .273 batting average, 12 doubles and 34 RBI.Brett Kerry went 4.2 innings of relief for the Gamecocks in the series finale, allowing just three hits, two in the final inning, while striking out a pair. Kerry is now 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 48 innings of work.Carolina will return to the diamond on Wednesday night, hosting Furman before Kentucky comes to town for a three-game SEC series. Saturday afternoon will be Senior Day at Founders Park.Next Week5/8/19 – Furman – 7 p.m. (SECN+)5/10/19 – Kentucky – 7 p.m. (SEC Network)5/11/19 – Kentucky – 12 p.m. (SEC Network)5/12/19 – Kentucky – 12 p.m. (SEC Network)
  2. Gamecock Baseball Notebook The Gamecocks went 2-1 in their first weekend of the 2019 season. Story Links Feb. 17, 2019COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina baseball team opened the 2019 campaign with a series win over VMI, taking the final two contests by 13-7 and 3-2 scores, the latter on a walk-off wild pitch.Record: 2-1Home: 2-1Streak: W2Last Week: 2/15/19 - Liberty (L, 5-6 (11)) 2/16/18 - Liberty (W, 13-7) 2/17/18 - Liberty (W, 3-2) NOTES: The Gamecocks lost a heartbreaker, 6-5 in 11 innings, in the season opener but rebounded to win the series, taking Saturday's game 13-7 before winning 3-2 on a walk-off wild pitch with no one out in the ninth. Luke Berryhill walked to start that inning and moved to third on Jacob Olson's single to center. With Quinntin Perez at the plate, Garret Price's first pitch was wild, scoring Berryhill from third. Gamecock pitching struck out 38 batters in the Liberty series. Sawyer Bridges had six punchouts in the season opener, while Brett Kerry, Dylan Harley and TJ Shook had five apiece. South Carolina received a quality start on Sunday from Reid Morgan, who struck out three and allowed six hits and no walks in six innings of work. Morgan made his first appearance in a Carolina uniform after transferring from San Jacinto CC.TJ Hopkins and Jacob Olson both hit a pair of home runs on the weekend. The seniors both have a 1.000 slugging percentage after three games. Olson now has 20 career home runs while Hopkins has 10 in his Carolina tenure.Brady Allen hit a three-run home run in his first collegiate at-bat on Friday. He was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a walk in that contest.Nick Neville leads the Gamecocks with a .444 batting average after three games. He's 4-for-9 with a double, four walks and an RBI through Sunday's contests.Brett Kerry worked three perfect innings on the mound in two relief appearances this past weekend. He struck out five and earned the win in Sunday's game, pitching two innings for the victory. South Carolina will have five games this week, all at Founders Park. Carolina hosts Winthrop and Presbyterian in the midweek and welcomes Utah Valley in on the weekend.Next Week 2/19/19 - Winthrop - 4 p.m. 2/20/19 - Presbyterian - 4 p.m. (SECN+) 2/22/19 – Utah Valley - 4 p.m. (SECN+) 2/23/19 – Utah Valley - 2 p.m. (SECN+) 2/24/19 – Utah Valley - 1:30 p.m. (SECN+)
  3. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information May 17, 2014 COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (42-14, 18-12 SEC) will open the SEC Tournament on Wednesday, May 21 vs. the winner of Tuesday night's No. 5 Mississippi State-No. 12 Georgia game. The Gamecocks are seeded fourth for the second consecutive year at the SEC Tournament. Wednesday's game is the final game of the evening and will start 30 minutes following the conclusion of the third game of the day that starts at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game." It will also be televised on CSS and streamed online on ESPN3. SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE SEC With a second place finish in the Eastern Division, South Carolina has finished in the top three places of the SEC Eastern Division 18 of 23 seasons since joining the league. SOUTH CAROLINA'S SEC HISTORY YEAR RECORD DIV. FINISH 1992 13-11 2nd 1993 15-10-1 2nd 1994 11-15 4th 1995 12-14 3rd 1996 13-17 5th 1997 13-17 4th 1998 19-10 2nd 1999 15-15 1st 2000 25-5 1st 2001 17-13 3rd 2002 21-8 1st 2003 19-11 1st 2004 17-13 2nd 2005 16-14 2nd 2006 15-15 4th 2007 17-13 2nd 2008 15-15 5th 2009 17-13 2nd 2010 21-9 2nd 2011 22-8 T1st 2012 18-11 1st 2013 17-12 2nd 2014 18-12 2nd Overall: 386-281-1 (.579) TWO HALVES South Carolina reached the halfway point in SEC play with an 8-7 conference record and finished the second half of the SEC slate with a 10-5 conference record. 40 For the 15th consecutive season, South Carolina has won 40 or more games. South Carolina was the first SEC team to reach the 40-win mark this year. It is the longest current streak among the 14 SEC schools. South Carolina's 42 victories is the most overall victories by a SEC team heading into the tournament as well. A LOOK BACK South Carolina won two of three games in the final series of the year at Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks finish up the year 18-12 in league play and second in the SEC Eastern Division. PANKAKE AT THE PLATE Junior infielder Joey Pankake has been hot at the plate as of late. He hit .417 (5-for-12) in the Vanderbilt series including a game-winning homer in the 10th inning of Thursday's 4-3 win and two hits and two RBI in Saturday's 6-3 victory. Pankake is up to 199 career hits and is one shy of becoming the 26th player in school history to tally 200 or more hits. Pankake also played well in the Missouri series batting .500 (6-for-12) vs. the Tigers.. Pankake had two hits in Sunday's 2-1 win including a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Pankake is now batting .312 (62-for-199) for the year with a team-high 48 runs scored and a .402 on-base percentage with 27 walks to 19 strikeouts. Pankake hit .303 (36-for-119) in league games, second-best on the team with 18 RBI and 19 runs scored. GREINER SHINES Junior catcher Grayson Greiner was named the 2013-14 USC Co-Male Student-Athlete of the Year alongside Gamecock football/basketball standout Bruce Ellington. Greiner has been recognized in the baseball circles as well as he is a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award for the top catcher in college baseball and is on USA Baseball's Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award. Greiner is hitting .333 (64-for-192) with 38 runs scored, a team-high 12 doubles and eight homers as well as 50 RBI, third highest in the SEC. He also has a team-best .406 on-base percentage and a .521 slugging mark. Greiner hit a team-best .327 (37-for-113) in league games with four homers and 24 RBI vs. SEC teams. Greiner was named SEC Player of the Week on March 31 after his play in the Tennessee series. Greiner hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win over Tennessee His play along with Jordan Gore's walk-off homer was No. 1 on ESPN's SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day. Greiner won the Tom Price award as the MVP for South Carolina in the weekend series vs. Clemson. Greiner hit .400 (4-for-10) for the weekend with four runs scored. His grand slam homer helped lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win. He had a team-high four walks on the weekend as well. SOME SUPERLATIVES The Gamecocks are 29-1 when leading entering the seventh inning as well as 34-1 when leading entering the ninth inning. The Gamecocks are 36-4 when outhitting the opponent as well. South Carolina is 9-4 in one-run games and 40-8 when allowing five runs or less. The Gamecocks are 21-1 when scoring six runs or more as well. South Carolina is 20-11 in games decided by three runs or less. The Gamecocks have allowed three runs or less in 41 of 56 games this year with a 38-3 record in those contests. SEDDON SEALS IT Junior right-hander Joel Seddon earned a win with two scoreless innings in Thursday's 4-3 win and followed that up with two more scoreless innings with four strikeouts in Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Commodores. Seddon leads the league with 14 saves with nine of the 14 vs. SEC opponents. He is 2-1 with a 0.48 ERA. He has limited opponents to just three runs, two earned, on 20 hits in 37.1 innings with 46 strikeouts to nine walks. Opponents are batting .157 against him. He is 14-for-15 in save opportunities. Seddon sits alone at seventh place on the USC Single-Season Top 10 save list. He has been named to the NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List. USC Single-Season Top 10 Save List 1. Blake Taylor (2002) 21 *led the SEC and the nation in saves 2. Matt Price (2011) 20 *led the SEC and the nation in saves Chad Blackwell (2004) 20 *led the SEC and the nation in saves 4. Lee Gronkiewicz (2001) 19 *led the SEC and the nation in saves 5. Tyler Webb (2013) 17 *2nd in the SEC and 7th in the nation in saves 6. Scott Barber (2000) 15 *1st in the SEC and tied for 6th in the nation in saves 7. Joel Seddon (2014) 14 *currently leads the SEC, tied for 6th in the nation in saves 8. Matt Price (2012) 13 *1st in the SEC and 12th in the nation in saves 9. Brian Beatson (1990) 12 Brian Beatson (1988) 12 SOUTH CAROLINA BULLPEN South Carolina's bullpen is 19-1 with a 1.06 ERA in 203.1 innings pitched this year. The bullpen has 206 strikeouts to 67 walks, opponents batting .189 against the relievers. The relief staff has limited opponents to 29 runs, 24 earned, on 135 hits. The numbers are very similar for SEC games with a 8-1 record along with nine saves and 1.01 ERA in 97.2 conference innings pitched. The relievers have given up 15 runs, 11 earned, on 70 hits with 92 strikeouts to 31 walks. Conference opponents are hitting .205 against the Gamecock relievers. LOOKING CLOSER AT GAMECOCK RELIEVERS 2014 - 19-1, 1.06 ERA, 203.1 IP, 135 H, 29 R, 24 ER, 67 BB, 206 SO, Opp BA .189 2013 - 19-10, 3.24 ERA, 225.1 IP, 219 H, 104 R, 81 ER, 69 BB, 221 SO, Opp BA .249 2012 - 21-10, 2.76 ERA, 250.2 IP, 197 H, 83 R, 77 ER, 105 BB, 270 SO, Opp BA .217 2011 - 23-4, 2.42 ERA, 249.1 IP, 201 H, 81 R, 67 ER, 115 BB, 241 SO, Opp BA .223 2010 - 26-5, 3.37 ERA, 264.2 IP, 207 H, 117 R, 99 ER, 105 BB, 289 SO Opp BA .216 MINCEY WITH AN APPEARANCE Junior right-hander Cody Mincey had another scoreless outing in the 4-3 victory vs. Vanderbilt. Mincey is 5-0 on the year with a 0.52 ERA. He leads the Gamecocks with 27 appearances. Mincey has 43 strikeouts in 37.1 innings. He is tied for fourth in the SEC in appearances. DC DELIVERS Sophomore infielder DC Arendas had a key two-out two-run single in the 6-3 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. He was also 5-for-10 in the Missouri series. Arendas tied his season-high with three hits in the 3-1 victory vs. Missouri. Arendas has climbed to .273 (44-for-161) with a .371 on-base percentage. MONTGOMERY GETS IT STARTED Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery was in command on Thursday night to earn a no-decision in the 4-3 victory over Vanderbilt Montgomery allowed just three runs on eight hits in seven innings with a walk and eight strikeouts. Montgomery is 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 88.1 innings. He has struck out a team-high 85 batters and opponents are batting .243 against him. Montgomery ranks sixth in the SEC in strikeouts. JACK OF ALL TRADES Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop allowed one run on five hits in 5.2 innings with a walk and two strikeouts to pick up a win in the 3-1 victory vs. Missouri. Wynkoop is 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 83.2 innings. He has 57 strikeouts to 10 walks. CARDIAC GAMECOCKS The Gamecocks have won seven games this season when trailing entering the seventh inning including five wins when trailing entering the ninth inning. South Carolina is outscoring opponents 97-24 from the seventh inning through extra innings on the year. From the sixth inning to the end, South Carolina is also outscoring opponents 153-40. AT THE PLATE, ON THE MOUND AND IN THE FIELD South Carolina is hitting .283 (541-for-1909) as a team with a .363 on-base percentage and a .377 slugging percentage. The .283 average is fourth-best in the league. The Gamecocks own a SEC-best 2.15 ERA in 506.0 innings with 436 strikeouts to 140 walks, opponents batting .223 against the squad. South Carolina is fielding .976 on the year, second-best in the SEC. South Carolina also owns a 2.80 ERA in SEC games, best in the league as well. CROWE MAKES AN IMPACT South Carolina freshman right-hander Will Crowe worked seven-plus innings and allowed three runs on four hits in the rubber game of a three-game series vs. nationally-ranked Vanderbilt in Nashville. Crowe did not allow a batter to even reach in six of the innings he worked on his way to his seventh victory of the season. Crowe did not walk a batter and tied his career-high with nine strikeouts, the most he had in a game vs. an SEC opponent this year. The win helped solidify the Gamecocks as a top four seed at the SEC Tournament. Crowe is 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA on the year in 82.2 innings. He has 55 strikeouts to 19 walks, opponents batting .239 against him. Crowe was honored twice by the Southeastern Conference in the first two weeks of the regular season. On February 24, he earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after working 6.1 scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over Eastern Kentucky with just four hits allowed and one walk to pick up his second win of the season. The first week, Crowe was SEC Pitcher of the Week. He had an impressive debut as he hurled 6.1 hitless innings in his first career start. Crowe walked just one and hit one batter while finishing with five strikeouts to earn his first career win in a Gamecock uniform. Bucknell had just one runner reach second base and none reach third base while Crowe was on the mound. Crowe retired 13 consecutive batters in a row before coming out of the game as he reached his pitch count total. CLUTCH CONE Freshman outfielder Gene Cone had a bases-clearing double in Friday night's 8-2 win over Missouri. Cone has 18 RBI in 24 starts and a .355 on-base percentage with 19 hits and 20 walks on the year. Cone had two of the biggest hits in the weekend series vs. Alabama. Cone reached base in all four plate appearances in a 9-3 win with three walks and a key three-run triple. He followed that up with two-out two-run single that would give the Gamecocks a lead they would not relinquish in Sunday's 9-3 win. Cone had a team-high five RBI and two runs scored vs. the Crimson Tide. Cone came through for the Gamecocks in both victories at Auburn two weeks ago. He belted a career-high three hits including a game-tying RBI double in the top of the ninth inning to help South Carolina rally for a 3-2 win at Auburn on Saturday. He then followed that up on Sunday going 1-for-3 with game-winning RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of South Carolina's 4-3 win at Auburn. Cone tied his career-high with three hits in Wednesday's 6-1 win over USC Upstate. MAX IT OUT Sophomore infielder Max Schrock has battled injuries the entire year with an ankle injury, illness and now a back injury. Despite his back, Schrock played on Thursday at Vanderbilt and went 2-for-5 with a key game-tying single in the top of the 9th of South Carolina's 4-3 come-from-behind win. He would sit out games two and three in Nashville. Schrock returned vs. Wofford and also played in the Missouri series. He added three hits and a RBI in the 8-2 win over Missouri, tallied a RBI in the 3-1 win vs. the Tigers and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in the 2-1 series finale after leading off with a triple. Schrock owns a .275 average (30-for-109) with a .459 slugging percentage. Schrock had a flair for the dramatic in the Ole Miss series. Despite a sprained ankle, Schrock came on in a pinch-hit role and without taking batting practice before the game, launched a two-out two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the 9th to help the Gamecocks rally to a 5-4 10-inning win over the Rebels. The previous day, Schrock tied a career-high with four hits including a homer as well as two RBI and two runs scored in the 6-4 loss. A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLISH Junior outfielder Tanner English hit .500 (5-for-10) in the Alabama series as well with two runs scored and two RBI. English is hitting .278 (54-for-194) for the year with a team-high 17 stolen bases. HARRINGTON HIGHLIGHT Junior outfielder Patrick Harrington has a hit in six of the last nine games and has a knack for finding his way on base. Harrington owns a .328 on-base percentage in 22 games played with 15 starts. Harrington tallied a RBI single in the 2-1 win vs. Missouri and went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the 3-1 win the day before. Harrington set a career-high in the 15-1 win vs. Wofford with three RBI as well. K-MART Junior first baseman Kyle Martin has tallied four hits in a game four times this year including last Friday at Vanderbilt. Martin also had two hits and a RBI single in the 6-3 win on Saturday. Martin owns a .335 average (74-for-221) with 33 runs scored, nine doubles, four homers and 32 RBI. Martin leads the Gamecocks with 22 multi-hit games. A JOLT FROM JORDAN Freshman infielder Jordan Gore reached base in all five plate appearances in Saturday's 6-3 win at Vanderbilt going 2-for-2 with two walks and reaching on an error on a sac bunt. Gore tallied his first career multi-RBI game going 3-for-4 with a RBI and a sacrifice in the 9-3 win on Sunday vs. Alabama. Gore came up with his second game-winning hit of his career with a RBI single in the ninth inning of South Carolina's 3-2 win over Auburn. Gore also had a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 14th in a 3-2 win over Tennessee. Gore has a .313 on-base percentage on the year. MOONEY IN THE MIDDLE Sophomore shortstop Marcus Mooney is a spark plug at the plate and in the field. He is up to a .275 average (53-for-193) at the plate. He has scored 30 runs and driven in 20 runs as well. Mooney has 12 of his 20 RBI with two outs this year. WIDENER SHOWS VERSATILITY Freshman Taylor Widener has been solid both on the mound and at the plate this year for the Gamecocks. Widener is 3-0 on the mound with a 1.42 ERA in 19 appearances. He has 32 strikeouts in 31.2 innings; opponents are batting .170 against him. GREAT SCOTT Freshman right-hander Reed Scott has been effective in a middle relief role for the Gamecocks as well as a spot starter. He struck out a career-high seven batters in a career-high seven innings in 10-1 win over The Citadel. Scott pitched six scoreless innings of relief to earn his first career win in a Gamecock uniform and kept the Gamecocks alive in a 9-6 come-from-behind victory vs. Tennessee. Scott is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA on the year. He has allowed just earned runs on 27 hits in 39.2 innings, opponents hitting .196 against him. A BRIGHT SPOT Junior outfielder Connor Bright is hitting at a .336 clip (48-for-143) with 10 doubles, 23 RBI and 25 runs scored. Bright has a .376 on-base percentage and a .406 slugging percentage. He owns 14 multi-hit games VINNY Junior left-hander Vince Fiori has not allowed a run in 15 relief appearances. Fiori has a 0.00 ERA in 18.1 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts to nine walks. Opponents own a .182 average against him. REAGAN SUPPLIES RELIEF Freshman left-hander Josh Reagan pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief in Sunday's 5-3 loss to Georgia. Reagan has been very effective this year with a 3-0 record and a 0.36 ERA in 25.0 innings with 24 hits allowed. He has 21 strikeouts to four walks as well. STARTERS Two Gamecock players have started all 56 games this year, junior first baseman Kyle Martin and junior center fielder Tanner English.
  4. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information May 12, 2014 Record: 39-13 SEC: 16-11 Home: 31-5 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 7-8 Last Week: 4-0 5/7 – Wofford – W, 15-1 5/9 – Missouri – W, 8-2 5/10 – Missouri – W, 3-1 5/11 – Missouri – W, 2-1 NOTES: South Carolina went 4-0 last week with non-conference win vs. Wofford and a weekend sweep of Missouri. The Gamecocks are now 39-13 and 16-11 in the SEC with four games left in the regular season. South Carolina is tied for second in the SEC East and tied for third overall with three league games remaining. South Carolina’s final weekend series is at Vanderbilt, who is also tied for second in the East with the Gamecocks. Sophomore infielder Max Schrock returned to the lineup on Wednesday and immediately helped out going 2-for-5 with two RBI in the 15-1 win over Wofford. He added three hits and a RBI in the 8-2 win over Missouri, tallied a RBI in the 3-1 win vs. the Tigers and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in the 2-1 series finale after leading off with a triple. Schrock owns a .269 average (28-for-104) in 29 games with a .462 slugging percentage. Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery was in command on Friday night to earn his seventh win of the season. Montgomery allowed just two runs on five hits in 8.1 innings with eight strikeouts and a walk. Montgomery is 7-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 81.1 innings. He has struck out a team-high 77 batters and opponents are batting .237 against him. Montgomery ranks sixth in the SEC in strikeouts. Junior infielder Joey Pankake and sophomore infielder DC Arendas were the top hitters for the Gamecocks in the Missouri series. Pankake went 6-for-12 and Arendas 5-for-10 as both hit .500 for the series. Arendas tied his season-high with three hits in Saturday’s 3-1 victory. Pankake had two hits in Sunday’s 2-1 win including a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Pankake is now batting .306 (56-for-183) for the year with a team-high 45 runs scored and a .393 on-base percentage with 23 walks to 17 strikeouts. Arendas has climbed to .292 (42-for-144) with a .393 on-base percentages as well. Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop allowed one run on five hits in 5.2 innings with a walk and two strikeouts to pick up a win in the 3-1 victory vs. Missouri. Wynkoop is 7-3 with a 2.16 ERA in 79.0 innings. He has 54 strikeouts to 10 walks. His ERA ranks 10th in the SEC. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner continues to lead the Gamecocks in hitting with a .347 average (61-for-176) with 36 runs scored, a team-high 11 doubles and eight homers as well as 48 RBI, third highest in the SEC. His .347 average is fifth-best in the SEC. He also has a team-best .417 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging mark. Greiner owns an identical .347 average (35-for-101) in league games with four homers and 23 RBI vs. SEC teams. Greiner is also riding a 10-game hitting streak. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 14th save of the year in South Carolina’s 3-1 victory. Seddon leads the league with 14 saves with nine of the 14 vs. SEC opponents. He is 2-1 with a 0.54 ERA. He has limited opponents to just three runs, two earned, on 15 hits in 33.1 innings with 41 strikeouts to seven walks. Opponents are batting .134 against him. He is 14-for-15 in save opportunities. Seddon sits alone at seventh place on the USC Single-Season Top 10 save list. Junior outfielder Patrick Harrington has a hit in five of the last six games. Harrington tallied a RBI single in the 2-1 win on Sunday and went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the 3-1 win the day before. Harrington set a career-high in the 15-1 win vs. Wofford with three RBI as well. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey had a pair of scoreless appearances vs. the Tigers. Mincey went 1.2 scoreless in Saturday’s win and followed that up with two scoreless innings to pick up the victory in Sunday’s 2-1 win. Mincey is 5-0 on the year with a 0.54 ERA. He leads the Gamecocks with 26 appearances. Mincey has 43 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. He is tied for fourth in the SEC in appearances. Freshman outfielder Gene Cone had a bases-clearing double in Friday night’s 8-2 win over Missouri. Cone has 17 RBI in 20 starts and a .333 on-base percentage. Despite a no-decision, freshman right-hander Wil Crowe provided a quality start in Sunday’s 2-1 win. Crowe allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings with a walk and four strikeouts. He is 6-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 75.2 innings, opponents batting .245 against him. Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener struck out two batters in 0.2 innings of relief in the 3-1 win over Missouri and had a pair of strikeouts in an inning of relief in the 15-1 win over Wofford. Widener is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 18 appearances. He has 31 strikeouts in 31 innings, opponents batting .150 against him. South Carolina’s bullpen is 18-1 with a 1.03 ERA in 193.0 innings pitched this year. The bullpen has 199 strikeouts to 62 walks, opponents batting .183 against the relievers. The relief staff has limited opponents to 27 runs, 22 earned, on 124 hits. The Gamecocks 28-1 when leading entering the seventh inning as well as 32-1 when leading entering the ninth inning. The Gamecocks are 34-4 when outhitting the opponent as well. South Carolina is 8-4 in one-run games and 37-8 when allowing five runs or less. The Gamecocks are 19-1 when scoring six runs or more as well. South Carolina is 18-11 in games decided by three runs or less. The Gamecocks have allowed three runs or less in 38 of 52 games this year with a 35-3 record in those contests. South Carolina is hitting .283 (500-for-1767) as a team with a .360 on-base percentage and a .380 slugging percentage. The .283 averages is fourth-best in the league. The Gamecocks own a SEC-best 2.03 ERA in 470.0 innings with 402 strikeouts to 134 walks, opponents batting .219 against the squad. South Carolina is fielding .976 on the year, second-best in the SEC. South Carolina also owns a 2.56 ERA in SEC games, best in the league as well. NEXT WEEK 5/13 – The Citadel – 7 p.m. 5/15 – at Vanderbilt – 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU) 5/16 – at Vanderbilt – 7:30 p.m. 5/17 – at Vanderbilt – 3 p.m. (CBS Sports Network) All times are eastern
  5. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information May 5, 2014 Record: 35-13 SEC: 13-11 Home: 27-5 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 7-8 Last Week: 1-2 5/2/14 – at Georgia – L, 3-1 5/3/14 – at Georgia – W, 5-2 5/4/14 – at Georgia – L, 5-3 NOTES: South Carolina won one of three games this past weekend at Georgia. The Gamecocks are now 35-13 and 13-11 in the SEC with eight games left in the regular season. South Carolina is third in the SEC East and tied for sixth overall in the league with six conference games remaining. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner continues to impress with a solid weekend at the plate and behind the dish in the Georgia series. Greiner hit .444 (4-for-9) with a pair of homers, three runs scored and four RBI. He was 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the 3-1 loss and followed that up going 1-for-2 with two runs scored, a two-run homer and three walks in the 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs. Greiner leads the Gamecocks with a .340 average (55-for-162) with a team-high seven homers and 46 RBI as well as a .411 on-base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage. Greiner is hitting even better in the league with a .344 mark (31-for-90) in 24 SEC games with four homers and 22 RBI vs. conference foes. Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop earned a win in Saturday’s 5-2 win with six innings of work allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Wynkoop improved to 6-3 on the year. He has a 2.21 ERA in a team-high 73.1 innings pitched with just nine walks and 52 strikeouts as well. Opponents are hitting .255 against him. Junior outfielder Patrick Harrington tallied a key RBI single in the 5-2 win at Georgia and followed that up with his first two-hit game of his career including a RBI double in the 5-3 loss vs. the Bulldogs. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon picked up his SEC-leading 13th save of the year in Saturday’s 5-3 win over Georgia. Seddon also pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs. Seddon is 2-1 on the year with a 0.56 ERA in 21 relief appearances. He has 40 strikeouts to seven walks in 32.1 innings with just 15 hits allowed, opponents batting .138 against him. Freshman Taylor Widener pitched 0.2 perfect innings in Sunday’s 5-3 loss with a pair of strikeouts. He added a single and a run scored as well in his lone plate appearance in Sunday’s game. Widener is 3-0 on the mound with a 0.92 ERA in 16 appearances. He has 27 strikeouts in 29.1 innings; opponents are batting .149 against him. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Georgia. Mincey is 4-0 on the year with a 0.61 ERA in 29.2 innings. He has 41 strikeouts to 14 walks in 29.2 innings pitched with opponents batting .176 against him. Freshman right-hander Reed Scott and freshman left-hander Josh Reagan kept the Gamecocks in the game in Sunday’s 5-3 loss. Scott pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with Reagan following him up with 2.2 scoreless. Reagan is 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA in 24.1 innings with Scott 1-0 with a 0.94 ERA in 28.2 innings. South Carolina’s bullpen is 16-1 with a 1.04 ERA in 182.0 innings pitched this year. The bullpen has 186 strikeouts to 60 walks, opponents batting .184 against the relievers. The relief staff has limited opponents to 26 runs, 21 earned, on 118 hits. Despite a loss on Friday, junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery delivered a quality start. Montgomery allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits in seven-plus innings with no walks and a pair of strikeouts. Montgomery is 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 73.0 innings with 23 walks to 69 strikeouts. South Carolina is outscoring its opponent 131-34 from the sixth inning to the end as well as 86-22 from the seventh inning on. The Gamecocks 25-1 when leading entering the seventh inning as well as 29-1 when leading entering the ninth inning. The Gamecocks are 30-4 when outhitting the opponent as well. South Carolina is 7-4 in one-run games and 33-8 when allowing five runs or less. The Gamecocks are 17-1 when scoring six runs or more as well. South Carolina is 16-11 in games decided by three runs or less. South Carolina is hitting .280 (459-for-1637) as a team with a .355 on-base percentage and a .377 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks own a 2.09 ERA in 434.0 innings with 371 strikeouts to 127 walks, opponents batting .222 against the squad. South Carolina is fielding .975 on the year. NEXT WEEK 5/7 – Wofford – 7 p.m. 5/9 – Missouri – 7 p.m. (SportSouth) 5/10 – Missouri – 3:15 p.m. (FSN) 5/11 – Missouri – 1:30 p.m.
  6. South Carolina baseball notebook Gamecocks are 34-11 and 12-9 in the SEC From USC Sports Information April 28, 2014 Record: 34-11 SEC: 12-9 Home: 27-5 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 6-6 Last Week: 4-1 4/22/14 – Davidson (W, 8-0) 4/23/14 – USC Upstate (W, 6-1) 4/25/14 – Alabama (W, 9-3) 4/26/14 – Alabama (L, 2-1) 4/27/14 – Alabama (W, 9-3) NOTES: South Carolina went 4-1 last week with a pair of midweek wins vs. Davidson and USC Upstate as well as two victories in a weekend series vs. Alabama. The Gamecocks are now 34-11 and 12-9 in the SEC. Carolina sits at second place in the SEC Eastern Division and in fifth place overall with three conference weekends left to play. The Gamecocks hit .323 (32-for-99) in the Alabama series, the best average by the Gamecocks in SEC play this year. Sunday’s 17-hit outing vs. the Crimson Tide was the highest total of hits in a SEC game this year and the second-highest total by the Gamecocks all season, just one short of the season-high 18 set vs. Brown on Mar. 8, 2014. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner hit .500 (6-for-12) for the second straight weekend. Greiner doubled, homered, scored three runs and added three RBI vs. the Crimson Tide. He is hitting .333 (51-for-153) with 29 runs scored and a team-high 42 RBI. Greiner ranks third in the SEC in RBI. Greiner homered in Friday’s 9-3 win, his fifth homer of the year tying him with Max Schrock for the team lead. Greiner’s .333 average (27-for-81) in SEC play is the best on the team as well. He owns a .399 on-base percentage for the year and a .490 slugging mark. Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery improved to 6-3 with a win in the 9-3 victory vs. Alabama on Friday. Montgomery allowed just two runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. He owns a 3.55 ERA in 66.0 innings with 67 strikeouts to 23 walks. Montgomery ranks fifth in the SEC with 67 strikeouts. Junior outfielder Tanner English hit .500 (5-for-10) in the Alabama series as well with two runs scored and two RBI. English is hitting .296 (45-for-152) for the year with a team-high 12 stolen bases. English’s .329 average in SEC games (24-for-73) is second-best on the team as well. He went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the Friday 9-3 win vs. the Crimson Tide. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon tallied two saves in both wins vs. Alabama. He is 2-1 with a 0.58 ERA this year as well as 12 saves for the season. His 12 saves lead the SEC. He has struck out 39 batters in 31.0 innings and allowed just three runs, two earned, on 13 hits. Opponents are batting just .126 against him. Seven of Seddon’s 12 saves have come in SEC play. He is 12-for-13 in save opportunities this year. He worked 2.1 scoreless with just one hit allowed, an infield single in the rubber game of the series as well with three strikeouts. With 12 saves, Seddon is tied for eighth on the USC single-season list for saves in a year with Brian Beatson, who tallied 12 in both 1988 and 1990. Sophomore infielder DC Arendas hit .444 (4-for-9) in the Alabama series with a team-best five runs scored as well as a pair of RBI. He was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI in the 9-3 win on Sunday and scored two runs and drove in another in the 9-3 win on Friday. Arendas is hitting .267 (35-for-131) with a .368 on-base percentage. He is one of four players tied with the team lead for walks with 19 on the year. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey worked 1.2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win in Sunday’s 9-3 win. He is now 4-0 on the year with a 0.67 ERA in 27.0 innings with 37 strikeouts. Opponents are .174 against Mincey. Freshman outfielder Gene Cone had two of the biggest hits in the weekend series. Cone reached base in all four plate appearances in Friday’s 9-3 win with three walks and a key three-run triple. He followed that up with two-out two-run single that would give the Gamecocks a lead they would not relinquish in Sunday’s 9-3 win. Cone had a team-high five RBI and two runs scored vs. the Crimson Tide. Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop put together a quality start despite Saturday’s 2-1 loss. He allowed two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Wynkoop is 5-3 with a 2.14 ERA in a team-high 67.1 innings. He has 49 strikeouts to eight walks. Sophomore infielder Marcus Mooney was effective in Sunday’s 9-3 win going 3-for-6 with a run scored and a RBI. Mooney is hitting .291 (44-for-151) with eight doubles and 18 RBI to go along with 20 runs scored. Junior first baseman Kyle Martin tied a season-high with a pair of four-hit games this week. Martin had four hits in the 6-1 win over USC Upstate and went 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI in Sunday’s 9-3 win over Alabama. Martin leads the Gamecocks with a .350 average (62-for-177) with 31 runs scored, eight doubles, four homers and 25 RBI. Martin averages 1.38 hits per game, third-best in the SEC. He is ninth in the SEC overall in batting average. He owns a .404 on-base percentage and a .463 slugging percentage. Martin is hitting .318 (28-for-88) in league games. Freshman infielder Jordan Gore tallied his first career multi-RBI game going 3-for-4 with a RBI and a sacrifice in the 9-3 win on Sunday vs. Alabama. Freshman Taylor Widener started all three games at designated hitter in the Alabama series and had a relief appearance on the mound. Widener pitched 2.2 scoreless innings on Saturday and went 3-for-11 (.273) in the series with a pair of runs scored. South Carolina is hitting .286 (441-for-1542) for the year with a .359 on-base percentage and a .383 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks rank fourth in the league in hitting. The Gamecocks own a SEC-best 2.05 ERA in 409.0 innings, opponents batting .220 against the Gamecocks. South Carolina is fielding .975 as a team with 43 errors. South Carolina is now 32-6 (.842) for the season when allowing five runs or less in a contest as well as 17-1 (.944) when scoring six runs or more. The Gamecocks are 29-4 (.879) when out-hitting the opponent. South Carolina is 7-4 one-run games and 15-9 in games decided by three runs or less. NEXT WEEK 5/2 – at Georgia – 7 p.m. 5/3 – at Georgia – 1 p.m. (CSS) 5/4 – at Georgia – 1 p.m.
  7. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information April 21, 2014 Record: 30-10 SEC: 10-8 Home: 23-4 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 6-6 Last Week: 2-3 4/15/14 – vs. Charleston Southern (L, 4-1) 4/16/14 – at The Citadel (L, 10-8) 4/19/14 – at Auburn (L, 4-2) 4/19/14 – at Auburn (W, 3-2) 4/20/14 – at Auburn (W, 4-3) NOTES: South Carolina won two of three games at Auburn last week. The Gamecocks are now 30-10 and 10-8 in the SEC. Carolina sits at second place in the SEC Eastern Division and in a tie for fourth place overall with four conference weekends left to play. South Carolina won a pair of one-run contests at Auburn to claim a 14th consecutive series vs. the Tigers, a stretch that began in 1998. South Carolina is 7-3 in one-run games this year as well as 15-8 in games decided by three runs or less. The Gamecocks are 28-5 on the year when allowing five runs or less in a game and 13-1 on the year when scoring six runs or more. South Carolina is 21-1 when leading after the sixth inning and 9-9 when trailing or tied including six victories when trailing or tied entering the ninth inning. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner hit .500 (6-for-12) for the Auburn series with three hits in Saturday’s 3-2 win as well as three hits in the 4-3 victory in the series finale. Greiner drove in a pair of runs in the 4-3 contest. He is hitting .326 (44-for-135) with seven doubles, four homers and a team-high 36 RBI. Greiner owns a team-best .467 slugging percentage. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon picked up a win and a save in the Auburn series. Seddon pitched a perfect ninth inning to claim his 10th save in the 3-2 win vs. the Tigers. He followed that up with 2.1 scoreless innings in the 4-3 rubber game to earn a victory. Seddon has won two games and is 10-for-11 in save opportunities this year. He sports a 0.33 ERA with just two runs, one earned, allowed on 10 hits and seven walks in 27.1 innings of relief. He has struck out 34 batters and opponents are hitting a miniscule .112 against him in 17 relief appearances. Junior first baseman Kyle Martin leads the Gamecocks at the plate with a .340 batting average (53-for-156) tied with junior outfielder Connor Bright. Martin is on a nine-game hitting streak after going 4-for-12 in the Auburn series including a pair of hits in the 4-3 win in series finale on Sunday. Martin has a team-high 17 multi-hit games. Martin’s .320 average (24-for-75) in SEC games leads the team as well. Despite a no-decision, sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop was effective in the 3-2 win at Auburn. He worked seven-plus innings and allowed two runs, both unearned, on eight hits with no walks. Wynkoop is 5-2 for the season with a 2.07 ERA. He has pitched a team-high 61.0 innings and has 45 strikeouts to just eight walks. Wynkoop picked off his team-best fifth runner of the season as well on Saturday. Freshman outfielder Gene Cone came through for the Gamecocks in both victories at Auburn. He belted a career-high three hits including a game-tying RBI double in the top of the ninth inning to help South Carolina rally for a 3-2 win at Auburn on Saturday. He then followed that up on Sunday going 1-for-3 with game-winning RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of South Carolina’s 4-3 win at Auburn. Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery hurled his first complete game of the year in a 4-2 loss at Auburn. Despite the loss, Montgomery gave a great effort as he limited the Tigers to just four hits with all four runs coming in the first inning. Montgomery is 5-3 with a 3.62 ERA. He has 59 strikeouts in 59.2 innings to lead the team. Opponents are hitting .235 against him. Sophomore infielder DC Arendas went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in the 4-3 win at Auburn and hit .333 (4-for-12) in the series. In the 10-8 loss at The Citadel, Arendas reached base all five times at the plate with a homer, three walks and a hit by pitch. Arendas is hitting .254 (29-for-114) with a .356 on-base percentage and 16 walks, tied for second-highest on the team. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey had a pair of scoreless outings out of the pen in the 3-2 and 4-3 wins at Auburn. Mincey is 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA in a team-high 21 relief appearances. He has 35 strikeouts in 24 innings with opponents hitting .173 against him. Freshman infielder Jordan Gore came up with his second game-winning hit of his career with a RBI single in the ninth inning of South Carolina’s 3-2 win over Auburn. Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe was effective in a no-decision in Sunday’s 4-3 win at Auburn. He allowed three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Crowe is 6-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 60.2 innings pitched. South Carolina is hitting .282 (388-for-1374) for the year with a .355 on-base percentage and a .384 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks own a 2.10 ERA in 364.0 innings, opponents batting .219 against the Gamecocks. South Carolina is fielding .974 as a team with 39 errors. NEXT WEEK 4/22 – Davidson – 7 p.m. (FOX Sports South) 4/23 – USC Upstate – 7 p.m. (FOX Sports South) 4/25 – Alabama – 7 p.m. 4/26 – Alabama – 2 p.m. (ESPN) 4/27 – Alabama – 1 p.m. (ESPN)
  8. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information April 14, 2014 Record: 28-7 SEC: 8-7 Home: 23-3 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 4-4 Last Week: 2-2 4/8/14 – at Furman (W, 9-2) 4/11/14 – Florida (W, 4-1) 4/12/14 – Florida (L, 4-3 (13)) 4/13/14 – Florida (L, 6-5) NOTES: South Carolina went 2-2 last week with a 9-2 win at Furman and one win in three games in this weekend’s series vs. Florida. The Gamecocks are 28-7 and 8-7 in the SEC. South Carolina is one game behind Florida for first in the Eastern Division as well as two games behind Alabama in the overall race. Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery is now 5-2 on the year after earning a win in Friday’s 4-1 victory over Florida. Montgomery allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings with a walk and eight strikeouts. The Gamecock southpaw is 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts. He has struck out 55 batters in 51.2 innings with 50 hits allowed. Junior first baseman Kyle Martin had a productive week at the plate. He leads the team with a .338 average (46-for-136) with 26 runs scored and 20 RBI. He owns a .400 on-base percentage and a .471 slugging percentage. Martin homered and a tied a career-high with four RBI in the 9-2 win vs. Furman. He also went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the 4-1 win vs. the Gators. He was also 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a double in the 6-5 loss vs. the Gators on Sunday. Martin is hitting .317 (20-for-63) in SEC contests. He leads the Gamecocks with 15 multi-hit games as well. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon picked up his ninth save of the year with two scoreless innings in the 4-1 victory over Florida. Seddon worked a career-high five innings in Saturday’s 4-3 loss in 13 innings vs. the Gators. He allowed two runs, one earned, the first two runs he has allowed all season. Seddon is 1-1 on the year with a 0.38 ERA in 24.0 innings pitched with 32 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .104 against him. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner is on the midseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List that was released last Thursday. Greiner is hitting .322 (37-for-115) for the season with 24 runs scored and 33 RBI. He had a two-run single in the 4-1 win over Florida. Greiner leads the Gamecocks with nine multi-RBI games. He also has a team-high 13 RBI in SEC contests. Despite a no-decision on Saturday, sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop put together a quality start. He allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Wynkoop is 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 54.0 innings pitched with 44 strikeouts to eight walks. Opponents own a .248 average against him. Sophomore shortstop Marcus Mooney is on a five-game hitting streak and is up to a .291 average (37-for-127) at the plate. He has scored 15 runs and driven in 15 runs as well. Mooney has seven doubles, second highest on the team. Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe worked 7.1 innings in Sunday’s 6-5 loss and allowed five runs, two earned, on 10 hits with a walk and four strikeouts. He is 6-2 on the year with a 2.13 ERA in a team-high 55.0 innings pitched. Junior outfielder Patrick Harrington made his first start of the year in Sunday’s 6-5 loss. Harrington walked twice and drove in a run as he started in left field for the Gamecocks. Junior left-hander Vince Fiori pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in Sunday’s 6-5 loss vs. Florida. He allowed just one hit in 1.2 innings with a strikeout. Fiori has a 0.00 ERA in 16.0 innings pitched with 15 strikeouts to five walks. Opponents own a .186 average against him. Freshman infielder Jordan Gore hit his second homer of the year in Sunday’s loss. Two of Gore’s four hits this year have been homers. Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener improved to 2-0 with a win last Tuesday vs. Furman. Widener pitched 4.2 scoreless innings with a season-high four strikeouts. In addition, Widener was the starting designated hitter on Sunday vs. Florida and had a RBI single and scored a run in the 6-5 loss. Widener has a 0.42 ERA in 21.1 innings with 17 strikeouts and opponents hitting .160 against him. Junior infielder Joey Pankake is hitting .325 (41-for-126) with a team-high 35 runs scored. Pankake’s on-base percentage is a team-best .409 with a .444 slugging mark. The Gamecocks played three consecutive error-less games vs. Furman and in the first two contests vs. the Gators. Carolina is fielding .976 for the season. South Carolina turned nine double plays in last week’s four games. South Carolina is hitting .287 (347-for-1211) with a .359 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks have a 1.82 ERA in 321.0 innings. Opponents are batting .212 against the staff. South Carolina is 13-0 on the year when scoring six runs or more and 26-3 when allowing five runs or less. In addition the Gamecocks are 25-3 when outhitting the opponent and 21-3 when scoring first. South Carolina is 21-1 when leading after six innings and 7-6 on the year when trailing or tied. South Carolina is 13-5 in games decided by three runs or less 5-3 in games decided by one run. NEXT WEEK 4/15 – vs. Charleston Southern (7 p.m.) 4/16 – at The Citadel (7 p.m.) 4/18 – at Auburn (7 p.m.) 4/19 – at Auburn (5 p.m.) (CBS Sports Network) 4/20 – at Auburn (2 p.m.) (CSS)
  9. South Carolina baseball notebook Gamecocks are 24-3 and 6-3 in the SEC From USC Sports Information March 31, 2014 Record: 24-3 SEC: 6-3 Home: 21-1 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 2-2 Last Week: 5-0 3/25/14 – College of Charleston (W, 4-2) 3/26/14 – Coastal Carolina (W, 4-0) 3/28-29/14 – Tennessee (W, 3-2 (14 inn.) 3/29/14 – Tennessee (W, 9-6) 3-30/14 – Tennessee (W, 8-0) NOTES: South Carolina won all five games this past week with non-conference wins vs. College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina and a three-game sweep of 20th ranked Tennessee. The Gamecocks are 24-3 and 6-3 in the SEC. The 6-3 record is tied for the best in the SEC with Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State through the first three weeks of the season. Junior infielder Joey Pankake extended his hitting streak to 15 games as he hit safely in all five contests this past week. Pankake hit .462 (6-for-13) in the Tennessee series with five runs scored and three RBI. He is hitting a team-best .432 (16-for-37) in SEC contests with nine RBI a pair of homers and 11 runs scored. For the season, Pankake owns a .344 average (33-for-96) with 18 RBI and 30 runs scored. Pankake averages 1.20 runs per game. He owns a .421 on-base percentage and a .490 slugging mark. He went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in the 8-0 win over Tennessee as well as 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored in the 9-6 win and 2-for-6 with a run scored in the 3-2 win over the Volunteers. He is now tied for the team-lead with 11 multi-hit games. Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe improved to 6-0 with a win in Sunday’s 8-0 victory. Crowe pitched 7.1 scoreless innings with just eight hits allowed, no walks and three strikeouts. Crowe has a 1.37 ERA in a team-high 46.0 innings with seven runs allowed on 34 hits. He has 28 strikeouts to six walks. Opponents are hitting .214 against him. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner hit a walk-off grand slam in Saturday’s 9-6 win over Tennessee. It was his second grand slam of the season and fourth homer of the year. Greiner followed that up with a 2-for-5 day at the plate with a double and two RBI in the 8-0 win over Tennessee. Greiner’s .356 average (32-for-90) is tied for the team lead. He leads the Gamecocks with a .544 slugging percentage and 29 RBI. His 29 RBI is tied for third-highest in the SEC and is just four behind the league leaders. Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop made his first relief appearance in the resumption of Friday’s halted game. Wynkoop pitched three scoreless innings on the way to the 3-2 win over the Volunteers. He is now 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 40.2 innings with 37 strikeouts to five walks. Junior first baseman Kyle Martin has reached base in 15 straight games. Martin went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in the 9-6 win over Tennessee. He is hitting .340 (35-for-103) with 15 RBI and 22 runs scored. Martin has a .408 on-base percentage. Freshman right-hander Reed Scott has been effective in a middle relief role for the Gamecocks. Scott pitched six scoreless innings of relief to earn his first career win in a Gamecock uniform and kept the Gamecocks alive in a 9-6 come-from-behind victory. Scott has not allowed a run in six relief appearances. He has allowed just seven hits and three walks in 16.1 innings while striking out 14 batters. Opponents are hitting only .132 against him. Junior outfielder Elliott Caldwell hit .462 (6-for-13) in the Tennessee series and has raised his season average to .304 (24-for-79). Caldwell went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in the 8-0 win over the Volunteers. Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery had his best start in SEC play last week in a no-decision. Montgomery allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in seven innings with two walks and six strikeouts. He is 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 37.2 innings with 38 strikeouts. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon has not allowed a run in 16.0 innings of relief in 12 appearances this season. Seddon has yielded just four hits and three walks while striking out 23 batters. Opponents are hitting 0.77 against him. Seddon pitched 2.1 scoreless in the 3-2 win over Tennessee. Freshman infielder Jordan Gore hit his first career homer and drove in his first career run with a walk-off solo homer in the 14th inning of South Carolina’s 3-2 win over Tennessee. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey leads the Gamecocks with 15 relief appearances. Mincey picked up his first save in the 4-2 win over College of Charleston. He followed that up with 1.2 scoreless in the 3-2 win over Tennessee and a 1.2 scoreless in the 8-0 victory. Mincey has allowed one run on nine hits in 20.1 innings this year with 29 strikeouts. Opponents own a .136 average. Junior outfielder Tanner English was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI in the 8-0 win over Tennessee. English is hitting .300 (27-for-90) with 13 runs scored and 17 RBI. Junior left-hander Vince Fiori has not allowed an earned run this season. Fiori has made nine appearances with 11.2 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .205 against him. Sophomore infielder DC Arendas went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the 8-0 win over Tennessee. Arendas has driven in 14 runs and scored 14 runs this year. He is hitting .256 (20-for-78). Junior right-hander Evan Beal made his first appearance of the year with a start on Wednesday vs. Coastal Carolina. Beal pitched four hitless innings with just one walk allowed and three strikeouts in the 4-0 win. Sophomore infielder Max Schrock hit his team-leading fifth home run, a two-run shot in the 9-6 win over Tennessee. The Gamecocks hit .302 (38-for-126) in the Tennessee series With two shutouts this week, the Gamecocks have raised the season total for shutouts to 11 on the year, just three shy of the school record 14 set in 1974. The Gamecocks are 22-1 on the year when allowing five runs or less in a game. Additionally, South Carolina is 12-0 when scoring six or more runs. South Carolina is 11-2 in games decided by three runs or less. The Gamecocks are 19-1 on the year when scoring first in a game and 22-2 when out-hitting the opponent. South Carolina is hitting .301 (280-for-931) as a team with a .376 on-base percentage and a .420 slugging percentage. All three of those marks are among SEC leaders. The pitching staff leads the league with a 1.75 ERA. The Gamecocks have 230 strikeouts in 247.0 innings. Opponents are hitting .207 against the Gamecocks. South Carolina has fielded .977 as a team with only 23errors. NEXT WEEK 4/1 – Appalachian State (7 p.m.) 4/3 – at Arkansas (8 p.m.) (ESPNU) 4/4 – at Arkansas (7:35 p.m.) 4/5 – at Arkansas (7 p.m.) (CST)
  10. South Carolina baseball notebook March 24, 2014 Record: 19-3 SEC: 3-3 Home: 16-1 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 2-2 This Week: 1-2 3/21/14 – at Kentucky (L, 13-5) 3/22/14 – at Kentucky (L, 2-1) 3/23/14 – at Kentucky (W, 8-3) NOTES: South Carolina won of three games at Kentucky in a weekend SEC baseball series. The Gamecocks are 19-3 on the year and 3-3 in the SEC. Carolina returns home this week to begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday vs. College of Charleston. The Gamecocks also have a midweek contest on Wednesday vs. Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. with the game televised live on FOX Sports South. SEC action resumes over the weekend with a three-game series vs. Tennessee. Junior infielder Joey Pankake owns a 10-game hitting streak. Pankake went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in the 8-3 win on Sunday vs. Kentucky. He also homered in Friday’s loss to the Wildcats. Pankake is hitting .307 (23-for-75) for the year with 12 RBI and a team-high 24 runs scored. He also has a .411 on-base percentage and a .480 slugging mark. Pankake also is batting a team-best .417 (10-for-24) in SEC action with two of his three homers in SEC play. He has six runs scored and six RBI as well. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon worked a perfect 2.1 innings of relief for his seventh save of the year in the 8-3 win over Kentucky. Seddon struck out four of the seven batters he faced. Seddon has not allowed a run in 11 relief appearances and just two hits in the 13.2 innings he has pitched. He has 20 strikeouts to just two walks; opponents are hitting .045 against him. Sophomore infielder DC Arendas homered for the third time of the season and scored two runs in the 8-3 win at Kentucky. He also went 2-for-4 with a double in the 2-1 loss on Saturday. Arendas has three homers and 13 RBI as well as 11 runs scored. He is hitting .262 (16-for-61) for the season. Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe improved to 5-0 on the year with a win in the 8-3 victory at Kentucky. Crowe did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. He went six-plus innings and allowed three runs on four hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts. For the season, Crowe is 5-0 with a 1.63 ERA in 38.2 innings with 25 strikeouts to six walks. Opponents are hitting .197 against Crowe. Junior outfielder Connor Bright is the Gamecocks’ leading hitter with a .398 average (33-for-83) with 10 doubles, 19 RBI and 19 runs scored. Bright has a team-best .436 on-base percentage and a .518 slugging percentage. Bright went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored in Sunday’s 8-3 win over Kentucky. He has 10 multi-hit games. Bright is hitting .333 (8-for-24) in SEC games with three RBI and four runs scored. Despite a loss, sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop had a quality start in the 2-1 loss at Kentucky. Wynkoop allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. His nine strikeouts was one short of a career-high he set earlier this year vs. Eastern Kentucky. For the season, Wynkoop is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 36.1 innings pitched. Wynkoop has 34 strikeouts to four walks. Junior first baseman Kyle Martin has hit safely in five consecutive games and also reached base in 10 straight games. Martin is hitting .346 (28-for-81) with 13 RBI and 20 runs scored. He has a .417 on-base percentage and a .506 slugging mark. His .346 average is second-best on the team just behind Bright. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey did not allow a run in two relief appearances. He leads the team with 12 relief appearances. Mincey is 2-0 on the year in 15.2 innings pitched with 24 strikeouts to five walks. Opponents are hitting .135 against him. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner owns a .338 average (25-fo-74) at the plate with 20 runs scored and a team-high 22 RBI. Greiner has a .427 on-base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage; both are second best on the team. Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener pitched 2.1 innings of relief with just one unearned run allowed on one hit with no walks and three strikeouts in Friday’s loss. Widener also was the starting designated hitter in Sunday’s 8-3 win and finished with a RBI. Widener is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in six relief appearances. He has nine strikeouts to a pair of walks in 10.0 innings pitched. Junior outfielder Tanner English had a sacrifice fly in the 8-3 win over Kentucky. He also had hits in both of Friday’s and Saturday’s games. English is hitting .324 (23-for-71) with 10 runs scored and 15 RBI. English’s on-base percentage is .402 with a .437 slugging percentage. Freshman outfielder Gene Cone made his first career start in Sunday’s 8-3 win. The Gamecocks are 18-1 on the year when allowing five runs or less in a game. Additionally, South Carolina is 10-0 when scoring six or more runs. South Carolina is 8-2 in games decided by three runs or less. The Gamecocks are also 16-1 on the year when scoring first in a game and 17-2 when out-hitting the opponent. South Carolina is hitting .304 (226-for-743) as a team with a .384 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage. All three of those marks are among SEC leaders. The pitching staff leads the league with a 1.87 ERA. The Gamecocks have 193 strikeouts in 197.0 innings. Opponents are hitting .213 against the Gamecocks. South Carolina has fielded .978 as a team with only 18 errors. NEXT WEEK 3/25 – College of Charleston (7 p.m.) 3/26 – Coastal Carolina (7 p.m.) FOX Sports South 3/28 – Tennessee (7 p.m.) 3/29 – Tennessee (4 p.m.) 3/30 – Tennessee (1:30 p.m.)
  11. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information 03/17/14 Record: 18-1 SEC: 2-1 Home: 16-1 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 1-0 This Week: 3-1 3/11/14 – Furman (W, 5-0) 3/14/14 – Ole Miss (L, 6-4) 3/15/14 – Ole Miss (W, 5-4 (10 inn.) 3/15/14 – Ole Miss (W, 3-1) NOTES: South Carolina defeated Furman 5-0 in midweek action and followed that up with a pair of wins in a weekend series vs. 12th ranked Ole Miss to open SEC play. The Gamecocks are 18-1 on the year with a 2-1 record in league action. The South Carolina bullpen continues to impress with a scoreless inning streak of 61.1 innings without allowing a run; the last run given up by the pen was Opening Day vs. Bucknell on Feb. 15, 2014. Leading the way in the bullpen efforts is junior right-hander Joel Seddon. Seddon worked a scoreless inning of relief in the 10th inning of a 5-4 win over Ole Miss in game one of a doubleheader and followed that up with 0.2 scoreless in the nightcap for his sixth save of the season. Seddon is 1-0 on the year with just two hits allowed in 11.1 innings as well as 16 strikeouts to just two walks. He has made 10 relief appearances. His six saves is tied for the highest in the league. Also with 10 relief appearances is junior right-hander Cody Mincey. Mincey pitched three scoreless innings of relief in the 3-1 win over Ole Miss in the rubber game with just one hit allowed and four strikeouts. Mincey has 22 strikeouts to just four walks in 14.0 innings pitched. He has yielded only five hits on the year. Sophomore infielder Max Schrock had a flair for the dramatic this weekend. Despite a sprained ankle, Schrock came on in a pinch-hit role and without taking batting practice before the game, launched a two-out two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the 9th to help the Gamecocks rally to a 5-4 10-inning win over the Rebels. The previous day, Schrock tied a career-high with four hits including a homer as well as two RBI and two runs scored in the 6-4 loss. Schrock is hitting .354 (17-for-48) on the year with a team-high four homers and 10 RBI. He has a .467 on-base percentage and a .625 slugging mark. His four homers is tied for third-highest in the SEC. Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe improved to 4-0 on the year with a win in the 3-1 rubber game victory over Ole Miss. Crowe limited the Rebels to just one run on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Crowe owns a 1.10 ERA in 32.2 innings with 23 strikeouts to four walks. Opponents are hitting .196 against him. Junior outfielder Connor Bright leads the Gamecocks and is tied for the SEC lead in hitting with a .417 average (30-for-72). He has 17 runs scored and 18 RBI and leads the team with 10 doubles. Bright also has a .458 on-base percentage. He was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the 3-1 win over Ole Miss as well as 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored in the 5-4 win. Freshman right-hander Reed Scott was key in the 5-4 win over Ole Miss. With the Gamecocks trailing 4-0 entering the top of the fourth, Scott kept the Rebels at bay as he pitched a career-high six scoreless innings of relief with just three hits allowed and no walks while striking out a career-high six batters to help Carolina to the 5-4 rally. Scott also had a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout in the 5-0 win over Furman last Tuesday. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner is hitting .354 (23-for-65) with a team-high 20 runs scored and a team-high 20 RBI as well as three homers and four doubles. He ranks fourth in the SEC in runs and fifth in RBI. Greiner also had a team-high 11 walks. Greiner scored the game-winning run in the 5-4 win over Ole Miss and followed that up with a RBI in the 3-1 win. Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener won his first collegiate start in a predetermined split as he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in the 5-0 win over Furman. Widener had allowed just five hits and two walks in 7.2 innings with six strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .179 against him. Junior outfielder Elliott Caldwell came up big in left field in both games of the doubleheader vs. Ole Miss. Caldwell threw out two runners at home plate in the 5-4 win and followed that up with another outfield assist in the nightcap. Caldwell had two hits in the 5-4 win and had three hits in the 5-0 win over Furman. Caldwell is hitting .288 (15-for-52) on the year. Sophomore left-hander Vince Fiori was stellar in relief in Friday’s loss. Fiori pitched 2.2 scoreless innings with just two hits allowed and one walk while striking out two batters. Fiori has pitched 8.1 scoreless innings of relief with nine strikeouts in six relief appearances. Senior Brison Celek tallied another big hit as his game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted South Carolina to a 5-4 win over Ole Miss. Freshman left-hander Josh Reagan was effective in relief of Widener on Tuesday. Reagan pitched 2.2 scoreless with a pair of strikeouts in the 5-0 win. He is 2-0 on the year with a 0.00 ERA in five appearances. Reagan has 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched. Junior outfielder Tanner English’s numbers continue to rise with a .339 batting average (21-for-62) and a .431 on-base percentage. He was 1-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored in the 5-0 win over Furman, 2-for-4 with a run scored in the 5-4 win over Ole Miss and a perfect RBI bunt with two outs to score the go-ahead run in the 3-1 win over Ole Miss. Junior infielder Joey Pankake owns a seven-game hitting streak. Pankake is up to a .286 (18-for-63) batting average. He went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the 3-1 win over Ole Miss and was 2-for-5 with a run scored in the 5-4 victory over the Rebels. Pankake has a .403 on-base percentage with nine walks and four hit by pitches to just six strikeouts. He has scored 19 runs this year. Junior first baseman Kyle Martin continues to be among the team’s leaders in hitting with a .343 average (24-for-70). Sophomore infielder Marcus Mooney is also doing well at the plate with a .304 average (21-for-69) and a .400 on-base percentage. The Gamecocks are 17-0 on the year when allowing five runs or less in a game. Additionally, South Carolina is 9-0 when scoring six or more runs. South Carolina is 7-1 in games decided by three runs or less. South Carolina is hitting .315 (203-for-645) as a team with a .396 on-base percentage and a .442 slugging percentage. All three of those marks are second highest in the SEC. The pitching staff leads the league with a 1.36 ERA. The Gamecocks have 167 strikeouts in 172.0 innings. Opponents are hitting .206 against the Gamecocks. South Carolina has fielded .980 as a team with only 14 errors. NEXT WEEK 3/18 – The Citadel (7 p.m.) 3/21 – at Kentucky (6:30 p.m.) 3/22 – at Kentucky (2 p.m.) 3/23 – at Kentucky (1 p.m.)
  12. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information 03/10/14 Record: 15-0 SEC: 0-0 Home: 13-0 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 1-0 This Week: 5-0 3/4/14 – Stetson (W, 7-1) 3/5/14 – Stetson (W, 4-2) 3/8/14 – Brown (W, 13-0) 3/8/14 – Brown (W, 8-0) 3/9/14 – Brown (W, 1-0) NOTES: South Carolina won a pair of games vs. Stetson in midweek competition and followed that up with a three-game sweep of Brown to improve to 15-0 on the year. The 15-game winning streak is the best start for South Carolina since the 2004 season when the Gamecocks opened with an 18-0 record. South Carolina did not allow a run in the entire Brown series with three shutouts to extend the team’s total to eight on the year. South Carolina outscored Brown 24-0 with victories of 13-0, 8-0 and 1-0. South Carolina’s pitching staff has put together a 1.20 ERA in the first 15 games with 140 strikeouts to 30 walks in 135.0 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .198 against Carolina. The Gamecocks have allowed only 20 runs this season in 15 games. South Carolina’s bullpen has a streak of 42.0 consecutive innings not allowing a run dating back to the season-opening game vs. Bucknell. The Gamecocks have allowed double-digit hits just once. Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe improved to 3-0 on the year with eight scoreless innings in the 1-0 victory on Sunday. Crowe limited Brown to just four hits and one walk while striking out nine batters. He has a 0.99 ERA in a team-high 27.1 innings with 21 strikeouts to only three walks, opponents are hitting just .176 against him. Sophomore infielder Marcus Mooney was Carolina’s top hitter this past week. Mooney hit .474 (9-for-19) vs. Stetson with a run scored and four RBI. He raised his season average to .340 (18-for-53) and is up to a .444 on-base percentage. Mooney owns a nine-game hitting streak and is tied for the team lead with seven multi-hit games. Nine of Mooney’s 10 RBI this year have come with two outs. Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop is 4-0 on the year after earning a win vs. Brown on Saturday. Wynkoop pitched eight scoreless innings allowing just four hits and no walks with five strikeouts. His eight innings pitched tied a career-high he set as a freshman vs. Kentucky. Wynkoop has a 1.37 ERA in 26.1 innings with 24 strikeouts to three walks. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List for the top catcher in college baseball last week. Greiner followed that up with a .455 (5-for-11) average in the Brown series with six runs scored and a RBI. With five hits and a walk, Greiner scored all six times he reached base in the Brown series. Greiner is hitting .373 (19-for-51) with 18 runs scored and 19 RBI. His .608 slugging percentage is the best mark on the team. Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery is now 3-0 on the year after a win vs. Brown in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Montgomery allowed no runs on four hits in 5.1 innings with no walks and eight strikeouts. Montgomery is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 22.2 innings with a team-high 25 strikeouts to eight walks. Sophomore infielder DC Arendas had a career day in the doubleheader vs. Brown. He went 3-for-6 with a career-high five RBI in the 13-0 win and followed that up with a solo homer and two runs scored in the 8-0 win in the nightcap. Arendas is hitting .279 (12-for-43) with seven runs scored and 12 RBI. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon worked a pair of perfect innings to record two saves this week. He worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts in the 4-2 win over Stetson and a perfect ninth in the 1-0 win over Brown. Seddon has not allowed a run or a hit in 9.2 innings and owns five saves in eight appearances. He has 13 strikeouts on the year. Junior outfielder Tanner English is hitting .300 (15-for-50) with seven runs scored and 12 RBI. He has recorded a team-high 10 RBI with two outs. English hit .333 (4-for-12) with four runs scored in the Stetson and Brown series. Freshman left-hander Josh Reagan won his first career start in the 7-1 win over Stetson. Reagan worked five innings and allowed one run, unearned, on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Reagan is 2-0 in four appearances with nine strikeouts in 8.2 innings. Junior outfielder Connor Bright went 3-for-4 with two doubles in the 13-0 win over Brown. Bright leads the team with a .418 average (23-for-55) with 14 runs scored and 15 RBI. He has a team-high eight doubles as well as a team-best .477 on-base percentage. Three freshman relievers all had a pair of scoreless relief appearances this week. Right-hander Matthew Vogel pitched three scoreless innings, left-hander John Parke pitched two scoreless innings, as did right-hander Taylor Widener. Also going 1.2 scoreless in the 13-0 win over Brown was freshman Reed Scott. Three Gamecock players have started all 15 games this year, Connor Bright, junior first baseman Kyle Martin and junior center fielder Tanner English. South Carolina’s 13-0 victory over Brown featured a team-high 18 hits. The 18-hit total is third highest by the Gamecocks in a game in the Chad Holbrook era. South Carolina has reached double-digit hit totals in 10 of 15 games this year. South Carolina is batting .320 (162-for-507) as a team with a .409 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging mark. The team is fielding .980 with only 11 errors. The Gamecocks have seven errorless games this year. NEXT WEEK 3/11 – Furman (7 p.m.) 3/14 – Ole Miss (7 p.m.) 3/15 – Ole Miss (4 p.m.) 3/16 – Ole Miss (1:30 p.m.)
  13. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information 03-03/14 Record: 10-0 SEC: 0-0 Home: 8-0 Neutral: 1-0 Away: 1-0 This Week: 3-0 2/28/14 – Clemson (W, 9-6) 3/1/14 – vs. Clemson (at Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C.) (W, 10-2) 3/2/14 – at Clemson (W, 5-3) South Carolina is back in action on Tuesday beginning a two-game series with Stetson. First pitch on Tuesday is at 4 p.m. Wednesday's game originally scheduled for 7 p.m. has also been moved to 4 p.m. due to the anticipated cold weather in Columbia. NOTES: South Carolina continued the 2014 season with a weekend sweep of Clemson. Carolina improves to 10-0 on the year. This is South Carolina’s first 10-0 start since the Gamecocks opened the 2005 season with a 10-game winning streak. The Gamecocks opened the series with a 9-6 win in Columbia on Friday followed that up with a 10-2 win on Saturday in Fluor Field in Greenville and closed out the weekend with a 5-3 victory at Clemson. South Carolina has won 23 of the last 31 games between the two schools dating back to the 2007 regular season. Junior outfielder Connor Bright has hit safely in all 10 games and owns an 11-game hitting streak dating back to last year. Bright hit .500 (6-for-12) in the Clemson series with a pair of runs scored as well as a pair of RBI. Bright is hitting .462 (18-for-39) for the season with nine runs scored and 13 RBI. He leads the team with six doubles. Bright tied a career-high in hits with a 3-for-4 day at the plate in the 5-3 win at Clemson on Sunday. Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop is now 3-0 on the year after earning a win in Saturday’s 10-2 victory over the Tigers. He allowed just two runs on nine hits in six-plus innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Wynkoop owns a 1.96 ERA on the year in 18.1 innings with just three walks and a team-high 19 strikeouts. Junior first baseman Kyle Martin continues to lead the Gamecocks in hitting with a .472 average (17-for-36) on the year. Martin has driven in 10 runs and scored 13 as well. He went 2-for-4 in both the 9-6 and 10-2 wins vs. the Tigers. Martin has a team-high six multi-hit games. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon had a pair of saves in the series this weekend. Seddon worked a perfect ninth inning in the 9-6 win vs. Clemson on Friday with a pair of strikeouts. He followed that up with three scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts in the 10-2 win on Saturday. Seddon has not allowed a hit or a run in six relief appearances this year. He has three saves and 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner won the Tom Price award as the MVP for South Carolina in the weekend series vs. the Tigers. Greiner hit .400 (4-for-10) for the weekend with four runs scored. His grand slam homer on Friday helped lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win. He had a team-high four walks on the weekend as well. Greiner is hitting .343 (12-for-35) with 12 runs scored and a team-high 15 RBI. He also leads the Gamecocks with three homers on the year. His on-base percentage is .465 with a .657 slugging percentage. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey picked up a pair of wins in relief this weekend. Mincey hurled 2.2 scoreless innings with just one hit allowed and four strikeouts in the 9-6 win on Friday. He had two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and two hits allowed in Sunday’s 5-3 win. Mincey has not allowed a run in seven relief appearances with just four hits allowed. He has 16 strikeouts in nine innings pitched. Junior outfielder Tanner English went 2-for-3 with the game-winning double in Sunday’s 5-3 win against Clemson. English also had a solo homer in the Friday night 9-6 win over the Tigers. He is hitting .289 (11-for-38) with 10 RBI. Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe had a quality start in the 5-3 win on Sunday vs. the Tigers. Crowe allowed three runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings with two strikeouts. Crowe is 2-0 on the year with a 1.40 ERA in a team-high 19.1 innings. He has 12 strikeouts to just two walks and 12 hits allowed. Opponents are hitting .185 against him. Sophomore infielder Marcus Mooney joined English and Greiner with a team-high five RBI in the weekend series vs. the Tigers. Mooney’s two-out base hit in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 5-3 tied the game up as Carolina rallied to a victory. Mooney also had a two-run single in with two outs in the third inning of Saturday’s 10-2 win against the Tigers. Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery battled in a no-decision on Friday vs. Clemson. Montgomery struck out a season-high nine batters in 5.1 innings of work. He is 2-0 for the season with a 2.60 ERA in 17.2 innings with 17 strikeouts. Senior Brison Celek came up with a big pinch-hit single in Sunday’s 5-3 win vs. the Tigers. Celek is hitting .353 (6-for-17) in seven games played with four starts. South Carolina’s bullpen did not allow a run in the weekend series vs. the Tigers. Cody Mincey, Joel Seddon and Vince Fiori pitched nine scoreless innings of relief with just four hits allowed and three walks while striking out 11 batters. The Gamecocks hit .300 against the Tigers (33-for-110) with 24 runs scored and just three errors in the field. South Carolina is hitting .313 (106-for-339) for the season with a .412 team on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks have a .981 fielding percentage with just seven errors on the year. South Carolina pitchers own a 1.60 team ERA with 95 strikeouts in 90 innings. The Gamecocks have allowed 17 runs, 16 earned, on 68 hits. Opponents are batting only .206 against the Gamecocks. All three games this weekend were played in front of sellout crowds. Friday night’s game was an attendance mark of 8,242, the second sellout of the season at Carolina Stadium. On Saturday, the Gamecocks and Tigers played in front of 7,182 fans at Fluor Field, a new record for that facility and it closed out on Sunday with an attendance mark of 6,016 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson. NEXT WEEK 3/4/14 – vs. Stetson – 4 p.m. 3/5/14 – vs. Stetson – 4 p.m. 3/7/14 – vs. Brown – 7 p.m. 3/8/14 – vs. Brown – 4 p.m. 3/9/14 – vs. Brown – 12:30 p.m.
  14. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information 02/24/14 Record: 7-0 SEC: 0-0 Home: 7-0 Away: 0-0 This Week: 4-0 2/18/14 – Presbyterian (W, 4-0) 2/21/14 – Eastern Kentucky (W, 4-0) 2/22/14 – Eastern Kentucky (W, 2-0) 2/23/14 – Eastern Kentucky (W, 6-0) NOTES: South Carolina continued the 2014 season with a midweek victory over Presbyterian 4-0 as well as a three-game sweep of Eastern Kentucky with victories of 4-0, 2-0, 6-0. The Gamecocks are now 7-0 on the year. South Carolina set a school record on Sunday as the Gamecocks recorded the fifth consecutive shutout. The previous record of four was set in 1972. South Carolina has not allowed a run in 51.0 straight innings. The only runs allowed by the Gamecocks so far in the year were four runs in the final two innings of the 17-4 win over Bucknell in the season opener and a pair of runs by the Bison in the third inning of a 12-2 victory in game two of the season. South Carolina’s pitching staff has an impressive 0.86 ERA after the first seven games. The Gamecocks have allowed just six runs on 40 hits in 63.0 innings with 70 strikeouts to 15 walks. Opponents are hitting only .179 against the staff. The staff has not allowed an opponent to reach double-digit in hits at all this season. Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery worked seven scoreless innings and allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out four batters in Friday’s 4-0 win over Eastern Kentucky. Montgomery also has a scoreless streak, as he has not allowed a run in 33.2 consecutive innings going back to last year. Junior outfielder Connor Bright hit .417 (5-for-12) vs. Eastern Kentucky with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. Bright is hitting .444 (12-for-27) and has hit safely in all seven games. He has an eight-game hitting streak going back to last year. Bright leads the team in doubles (5) and RBI (11) as well. He has a .516 on-base percentage. Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop pitched 7.1 scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters in Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Colonels. He allowed just three hits and one walk. Wynkoop leads the Gamecocks with 16 strikeouts in 12.1 innings. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner’s two-run homer was the key hit in the 2-0 victory over EKU. Greiner has started all seven games behind the plate and is hitting .320 (8-for-25) on the year with a pair of homers and 10 RBI. He and Bright lead the team with four multi-RBI games. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon made an appearance in all three games vs. EKU closing out each contest. He did not allow a batter to reach base in any of the three games. Seddon has seven strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Saturday’s appearance earned him a save, his first of the season. Junior first baseman Kyle Martin tallied a solo homer in Friday’s 4-0 win. Martin continues to lead the team in hitting with a .500 average (12-for-24) after seven games as well as nine runs scored and eight RBI. He has a .567 on-base percentage and a .792 slugging percentage. Martin has a team-high four multi-hit games. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey appeared in all four games this past week. Mincey worked a scoreless 1.1 innings to close out Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Presbyterian with three strikeouts. He followed that up with another inning in the 4-0 win on Friday. On Saturday he retired the lone batter he faced and Sunday he struck out bot the batters he faced. Mincey has nine strikeouts in 4.1 innings. His five appearances on the year leads the team. Junior infielder/outfielder Joey Pankake was 1-for-3 with two runs and a RBI in the 6-0 win on Sunday. Pankake is hitting .292 (7-for-24) with a team-high 12 runs scored. His on-base percentage is .438 as he has drawn three walks and been hit by four pitches. Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe followed up his SEC Pitcher of the Week performance with another stellar outing vs. the Colonels. He worked 6.1 scoreless innings on Sunday with just four hits allowed and one walk to pick up his second win of the season. Crowe has 10 strikeouts in a team-high 12.2 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .100 against him. Sophomore infielder Max Schrock has a team-high eight walks and a .469 on-base percentage in seven games. Schrock homered in Friday’s 4-0 win, his second homer of the year. He has scored 10 runs this year. Sophomore left-hander Vince Fiori made two more appearances this weekend. He has four strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. South Carolina is hitting .319 (73-for-229) as a team with a .432 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks have scored 57 runs in 56.0 innings at the plate. South Carolina has a .984 fielding percentage with just four errors on the year. South Carolina has eight homers on the year with at least one home run in five of the seven games. Saturday’s game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 8,242 fans, the first sellout of the season at Carolina Stadium and the 31st in school history at Carolina Stadium. South Carolina has totaled 52,806 in attendance in the first seven games for an average of 7,543 per contest. NEXT WEEK 2/28/14 – vs. Clemson – 7 p.m. (FOX Sports South) 3/1/14 – vs. Clemson at Fluor Field (Greenville, S.C.) – 2 p.m. (ABC Columbia) 3/2/14 – at Clemson – 4 p.m.
  15. South Carolina baseball notebook From USC Sports Information 02/17/14 Record: 3-0 SEC: 0-0 Home: 3-0 Away: 0-0 This Week: 3-0 2/15/14 – vs. Bucknell (W, 17-4) (DH) 2/15/14 – vs. Bucknell (W, 12-2) (DH0 2/16/14 – vs. Bucknell (W, 12-0) NOTES: South Carolina opened the 2014 season with a series sweep of Bucknell at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks won a doubleheader on Saturday with victories of 17-4 and 12-2 and closed out the series on Sunday with a 12-0 win. South Carolina scored 41 runs on 39 hits in the weekend series. Gamecock position players hit .368 (39-for-106) with a .493 on-base percentage. Kyle Martin was the Gamecocks' leading hitter for the weekend with a .778 average (7-for-9), four RBI and six runs scored. Connor Bright had a team-high seven RBI for the weekend with Joey Pankake and Max Schrock each scoring eight runs. South Carolina made just one error and the pitching staff combined for a team ERA of 2.00 with 32 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. Bucknell hit just .186 in the three games. Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery pitched five scoreless innings on Opening Day to earn the victory. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out four batters. Montgomery is now 13-2 in his career with the Gamecocks. Kyle Martin’s weekend included a career-high four hits in Sunday’s 12-0 victory. Martin went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. His on-base percentage for the weekend was .769 with a .889 slugging percentage. Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe had an impressive debut as he hurled 6.1 hitless innings in his first career start. Crowe walked just one and hit one batter while finishing with five strikeouts to earn his first career win in a Gamecock uniform. Bucknell had just one runner reach second base and none reach third base while Crowe was on the mound. Crowe retired 13 consecutive batters in a row before coming out of the game as he reached his pitch count total. Junior outfielder Tanner English hit .455 (5-for-11) and drove in a career-high five runs in the 12-2 victory in the nightcap on Saturday. English tripled in that game, his eighth career three-base hit. English now sits in a tie for eighth place on the USC all-time career list. Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop picked up the win in Saturday’s 12-2 win. Wynkoop allowed just two runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out a career-high six batters as well. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner hit .417 (5-for-12) for the weekend including a two-run homer in Sunday’s win. Greiner added two doubles and led the team in total bases with 10 for the weekend. His slugging percentage is .833 for the year. Greiner also had a pickoff at second base from behind the plate. Sophomore infielder Max Schrock tied a school record with four walks in a game in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday. He would add two stolen bases in the nightcap and homered in Sunday’s series finale. Schrock hit .333 (3-for-9) with a .600 on-base percentage. Also hitting his first home run of the season on Sunday was junior infielder/outfielder Joey Pankake. Pankake started at third base in the opener and started games two and three in left field. Pankake hit .400 (4-for-10) for the weekend with a .600 on-base percentage. He walked twice and was hit three times. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon pitched a perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts in his first appearance of the season in the 12-0 win vs. Bucknell. Sophomore infielder DC Arendas went 3-for-4 with his first career homer, a run scored and three RBI in the season opening 17-4 win vs. Bucknell. Arendas hit .400 (4-for-10) for the weekend with a .538 on-base percentage and a .800 slugging percentage. Junior outfielder Connor Bright factored in a lot this weekend. Bright hit .417 (5-for-12) with five runs scored, a team-high three doubles and seven RBI. Bright scored twice and drove in three runs in the 17-4 win. He added three hits and three runs in the 12-2 victory and finished the weekend with a two-run double in the 12-0 shutout. Sophomore infielder Marcus Mooney made three starts at shortstop this weekend and led off all three games. He hit .308 (4-for-13) with a .400 on-base percentage and scored four runs. Mooney went 2-for-3 with three runs in the first game on Opening Day. Sophomore right-hander Curt Britt hurled 2.1 scoreless innings with jus two hits allowed and three strikeouts in the 12-2 win. He was followed up by sophomore left-hander Vince Fiori who struck out all three batters he faced. Freshman right-hander Reed Scott followed him with 0.2 perfect innings. Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener had two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts in the 17-4 win. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey worked a perfect inning of relief in Sunday’s 12-0 win with two strikeouts. Freshman right-hander Josh Reagan had 0.2 scoreless innings as well and right-hander Trey McNickle retired had 0.1 scoreless innings. South Carolina’s three double-digit run totals is the first time since 1987 that the Gamecocks reached double digits in runs in all three games. The Gamecocks had 15 players make their debut in the series. Elliott Caldwell, Gene Cone, Wil Crowe, Jordan Gore, Logan Koch, Zack Madden, Brock Maxwell, Trey McNickle, Cody Mincey, Marcus Mooney, Weber Pike, Josh Reagan, Reed Scott, Matthew Vogel and Taylor Widener. NEXT WEEK 2/18/14 – vs. Presbyterian – 4 p.m. 2/21/14 – vs. Eastern Kentucky – 3 p.m. 2/22/14 – vs. Eastern Kentucky – 4 p.m. 2/23/14 – vs. Eastern Kentucky – 1:30 p.m.
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