Columbia, S.C. -
The South Carolina baseball team remained at No. 4 in the nation in this week's Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America rankings released on Monday afternoon (February 26). One of college baseball's most historic rivalries renews on the diamond this weekend when the Gamecocks and Tigers face off in a two-game series. Both schools rank among the top 5 teams in the nation. Saturday's game at Clemson starts at 2 pm with Sunday's contest in Columbia at Sarge Frye Field scheduled for 1:30 pm. Both games can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network and live at uscsports.com with gametracker stats for both games also available. Dating back to the 2000 season, both teams own 14 victories in the series over the last seven years.
3-0 in home games
1-1 in road games
4-0 in neutral games
0-0 vs. top 25 teams
Last Week: 3-0
Friday 2/23 - vs. Eastern Michigan - W, 6-0
Saturday 2/24 - vs. Eastern Michigan - W, 8-5
Saturday 2/24 - vs. Eastern Michigan - W, 5-1
South Carolina swept a weekend series at home vs. Eastern Michigan with a 6-0 win on Friday and two wins in a doubleheader on Saturday, 8-5 and 5-1 vs. the Eagles.
THE GAMECOCKS AND FEBRUARY
Dating back to the 2000 season, South Carolina is 75-3 (.962) in the month of February.
Junior right-handed pitcher Harris Honeycutt continues to shine on the mound for the Gamecocks with a seven-inning scoreless performance in the 6-0 victory of the series opener vs. the Eagles ... Honeycutt allowed just three hits and struck out nine batters in the win ... He is now 11-0 in his career with the Gamecocks and 3-0 this season ... Honeycutt combined with Blake Cooper and Nick Fuller for South Carolina's second shutout of the season.
COOPER AND FULLER
Cooper and Fuller have each started off strong in their first year with the Gamecocks with both not allowing a run in three appearances apiece.
DISHER Phil Disher's two-out grand slam home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted South Carolina to an 8-5 win over Eastern Michigan in game one of a doubleheader and capped a six-run ninth inning for the Gamecocks ... Disher went 5-for-11 this weekend against Eastern Michigan ... The junior catcher leads the team with a .424 average on the year (14-for-33) with nine runs, four doubles, three homers and 13 RBI ... Disher's grand slam on Saturday was his second of his career, the last coming in a 2006 NCAA Regional win over Virginia.
Freshman Lonnie Chisenhall had hit safely in eight straight games before being shut out in the series finale vs. the Eagles ... Chisenhall is batting .405 (17-for-42) this season with four doubles, two triples, a homer and 10 RBI on the year ... Seven of the nine games this year, Chisenhall has tallied at least two hits.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Cisco won his first game of the season with a strong performance vs. the Eagles ... Cisco allowed just one run in 6.2 innings and struck out nine batters to beat EMU 5-1 ... Cisco has pitched a team-high 18.2 innings in three games and has 18 strikeouts with just three walks allowed.
The Carolina pitching staff has been tremendous in the first nine games with a team ERA of 2.41 in 82 innings pitched ... The squad has 88 strikeouts to just 20 walks allowed and 65 hits yielded. The 2.41 ERA leads the SEC.
The Gamecocks continue to impress defensively as well with a .985 fielding percentage in the first nine games (five error-less games) and only five errors made this year.
AT THE PLATE
The South Carolina offense has a .314 batting average with 16 homers in nine games including three this past weekend ... James Darnell continues to lead the team with four homers with Phil Disher with three and Drew Martin and Justin Smoak with two apiece ... Nine different players have at least one home run already this season for Carolina.
SARGE FRYE TRIBUTE
Sunday's home game vs. the Tigers will also include a tribute to Weldon B. "Sarge" Frye, who the baseball field was named after on May 11, 1980 ... Carolina is moving to a new baseball stadium in the 2008 season.
Saturday 3/3 - at Clemson - 2 pm
Sunday 3/4 - vs. Clemson - 1:30 pm