March 3, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - 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.
This Week: 3-0
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.