Monday Musings - Bracketolgy style:No. 1 Seed - SEC play on the horizon for the baseball team
The South Carolina baseball team returned to winning ways last week with five straight wins in series sweeps of Valparaiso and Brown. The Gamecocks travel back to Fluor Field on Tuesday to face Furman. South Carolina is 4-0 all-time at the Greenville ballpark.
After hosting Davidson on Wednesday at Carolina Stadium, South Carolina opens Southeastern Conference action against Tennessee with a three-game series over the weekend at Carolina Stadium. The Vols are picked to finish in sixth in the SEC East and were 11-19 in league play and 26-29 overall in 2009.
Preseason All-Americans Cody Hawn and Blake Forsythe will be the Tennessee hitters to watch out as both players had strong offensive campaigns in 2009. Hawn became just the 10th Vol ever to win the team Triple Crown in 2009,
leading the Vols in batting average (.364), home runs (22), RBIs
(81), hits (72), doubles (15) and slugging percentage (.773).
Forsythe started 53 of 55 games behind the plate for the Vols last
spring, hitting .347 with 68 hits, 15 home runs and 46 RBIs in addition
to leading the team with 40 walks and a .486 on-base percentage and
collecting 19 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI contests. For more preview info on the Vols, read this pre-season outlook from SECSports.com. No. 2 Seed - Downey racking up postseason awards
Devan Downey continues to pile up the hardware from his impressive senior season with the Gamecocks. After becoming the first Gamecock to win the league's scoring title, Downey was also named to the first-team All-SEC team by the league's coaches and by the media. The honor marks the third-straight season Downey has been a first-team
choice by both the coaches and media. His selection marks just the
second time a South Carolina player has been named to the AP first team
in three seasons (BJ McKie was the last to do so).
Downey was also named to the league's All-Defensive team along with junior Sam Muldrow. The guard departs the program's as the school's all-time leader in steals. In addition, he was named to the USBWA All-District (III) squad, the Sporting News
Fourth-Team All-American team and as a Yahoo! Sports Honorable Mention
You can hear Devan tonight on Inside the Roost with Athletics Director Eric Hyman and Derek Scott at 7 p.m.
No. 3 Seed - Track team finishes well at NCAA Indoor Championships
South Carolina's track & field teams posted strong performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships over the weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The men earned their best placement in five years, placing 8th overall. It was the team's first top 10 finish since 2005. The women's team finished in 19th place - the 13th time in 14 years that the Gamecocks have finished in the top 20.
The Gamecocks transition to the outdoor season this weekend with the Shamrock Invitational at Coastal Carolina. No. 4 Seed - Gamecocks return to proving grounds
After a brief hiatus for spring break, the football team resumes spring drills Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Gamecocks will practice twice this week (Tuesday and Friday) and are scheduled to scrimmage on Saturday at 10 a.m.
For more on Gamecock spring practice, click here.