Feb. 16, 2006
Columbia, S.C. - The 13th ranked South Carolina baseball team returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at home vs. Radford. First pitch for Friday, Feb. 17 is set for 3 pm with Saturday and Sunday's contests each slated for 1:30 pm. Saturday's game time remains 1:30 pm due to the impending weather forecast. Should the weather forecast for Saturday change, the baseball game time will be pushed back to accommodate fans wishing to watch the men's basketball game against Kentucky. Live video streaming coverage will be available for Friday's game and live audio and live gametracker stats will also be offered at uscsports.com.
Before arriving at Radford, head coach Lew Kent served as an assistant coach for Ray Tanner at NC State. Kent was an assistant during the 1992 and 1993 seasons that saw the Wolfpack reach two NCAA Regionals and post an overall record of 96-40 in that time frame. The 1992 team won an ACC championship and the 1993 team still holds the school record at NC State for wins in a season (49).
Dating back to the 2000 season, South Carolina is 61-2 (.968) in games played in the month of February. The only two losses in February came on Feb. 8, 2003 when Charleston Southern defeated USC 8-5 and Feb. 11, 2006, a 2-1 loss to Elon.
STRONG START FOR HURST
HOLDING THEM DOWN
WELCOME TO CAROLINA
SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE RANKINGS
CAMPBELL CONTINUES TO CLIMB
Campbell is the most experienced player in division I baseball with 203 games under his belt as well as 196 starts. Campbell is the leading returnee for Carolina in several offensive categories including batting average (.315), games played (64), at-bats (251), runs (56), hits (79), doubles (16), triples (5), home runs (8), runs batted in (42), slugging percentage (.514), hit by pitch (10) and stolen bases (8).
TRACKING Michael Campbell Games Played 1. 251 Landon Powell 2001-02-03-04 2. 236 Mac White 1991-92-93-94 3. 223 Jeff Parnell 1990-91-92-93 4. 221 Trey Dyson 1999-00-01-02 5. 217 Derick Urquhart 1995-96-97-98 6. 209 Drew Meyer 2000-01-02 6. 209 Garrett Carter 1985-86-87-88 8. 208 Chris Boyle 1981-82-83-84 9. 204 Ryan Szwejbka 1993-94-95-96-97 10. 203 Michael Campbell 2003-04-05-06 At Bats 1. 903 Mac White 1991-92-93-94 2. 866 Landon Powell 2001-02-03-04 3. 864 Drew Meyer 2000-01-02 4. 799 Derick Urquhart 1995-96-97-98 5. 766 Chris Boyle 1981-82-83-84 6. 751 Michael Campbell 2003-04-05 Hits (200 or more) 1. 303 Mac White 1991-92-93-94 2. 285 Drew Meyer 2000-01-02 3. 265 Landon Powell 2001-02-03-04 4. 265 Derick Urquhart 1995-96-97-98 5. 250 Mike Curry 1996-97-98 6. 245 Hank Small 1972-73-74-75 7. 231 Dave Willman 1989-90-91-92 8. 230 Skeets Thomas 1988-89-90 9. 227 Jeff Barns 1985-86-87 10. 225 Jeff Parnell 1990-91-92-93 11. 224 Michael Campbell 2003-04-05 11. 224 Chris Boyle 1981-82-83-84
SOUTH CAROLINA HEAD BASEBALL COACH Ray Tanner QUOTES
On whether he expects the team to be more relaxed now that they've played a series:
"I don't think we really had any problems last week relaxing. We didn't score a lot of runs, but you have to give credit to Elon. They played well against us, and we pitched well. We just didn't swing the bats like we would have hoped to. It's a new weekend, we played a lot of new people, and we going to play a lot of young guys again this weekend."
On changing the pitching rotation:
"We're getting Wynn Pelzer in there, he needs to pitch. He could have thrown last Sunday, but we held him out, and this is the way to make sure he gets his edge. We're going to give him a start. I'm not disappointed in Andrew Cruse at all, but he's a guy who is more accustomed to being in the bullpen than Forrest Beverly or Arik Hempy, so we'll leave those two in the rotation and put Pelzer in there."
On how much Shawn Valdes-Fauli could pitch this weekend:
"He probably could be good for a couple of innings, whether it's in one stint or two. We're probably not going to ask him to do more than that, but I'd like to keep him at just one appearance."
On whether he'll use the first few weeks to experiment with the pitching rotation:
"We're not going to experiment at the expense of not winning a game, but we've got six or seven guys, and we're trying to figure out what roles we're going to put them in. We're fortunate in the sense that we do have a number of non-conference games before we get into SEC play, but we're going to try to get as many guys out there as possible."
On whether he'll start different position players this weekend than last:
"James Darnell had a good game on Sunday, so we're going to get him back in there, and we can move him around a little bit. He can play a number of different positions. We'll work him in the outfield some this season. We're not giving up on Chris Brown, but we're going to play Darnell some, and see how it goes."
On whether he's worried about starting three freshmen in the infield:
"Yes, I worry a lot about that. I'm not accustomed to doing that. I know they're all very talented, highly recruited players, and I think they will all be very good in time, but you go through some growing pains when you have too many out there at one time. They're not your average freshmen, but they are still young. There's still some growing they have to do, and I think you have to keep some veteran guys in there to stabilize everything."
On the comfort level of the freshmen:
"They did pretty well last weekend, and I think they'll do even better this weekend. I got the impression, especially on Sunday with Reese Havens, that they became much more comfortable than they were the first two games. I was pleased with their week of practice, and we're very excited to have this kind of talent even though they're young."
On the health of Michael Campbell:
"He wasn't fully healthy last weekend, and I don't know that I could have held him out last weekend, but he probably shouldn't have played. He was sick all week and missed practice, but he tried to get through it. He didn't have a great weekend offensively, but he feels pretty good now and has had a good week of practice, so hopefully he'll have better results on the field."
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