Baseball Hosts Brown In Weekend Series
March 6, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (12-0) continues non-conference action this weekend with a three-game series vs. Brown (0-0). First pitch for the opener on Friday is 7 p.m. with Saturday's contest at 4 p.m. and Sunday's series finale set for 12:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday's games can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM "The Game." Saturday's game will be on 1320 AM. Derek Scott and Tommy Moody will have the call Friday and Saturday with Andy Demetra and Moody calling the Sunday contest.
South Carolina is ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball and the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll as well as No. 3 by Baseball America and No. 4 by Perfect Game.
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PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
A LOOK BACK
On Tuesday afternoon, the Gamecocks scored six runs in the first two innings on the way to a 7-1 victory. Freshman left-hander Josh Reagan worked five innings allowing one run, unearned, on six hits while striking out six batters to pick up the win and is now 2-0 on the year. Matthew Vogel hurled two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit while striking out two batters. Taylor Widener and John Parke each added scoreless innings as well to close it out for the Gamecocks. Grayson Greiner went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Max Schrock and Marcus Mooney had two hits apiece while Joey Pankake accounted for a pair of RBI and scored two runs.
In Wednesday's 4-2 win, Weber Pike's two-out two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a four-run frame as Carolina rallied for the two-run victory.
Trailing 2-0, the Gamecocks mounted a comeback as Tanner English led off with a single followed by a walk by Marcus Mooney. Joey Pankake would drive in South Carolina's first run with a one-out single to score English. With two outs and runners on second and third, the Gamecocks tied it as Connor Bright reached on an infield single that scored pinch runner Gene Cone. After Bright stole second base, Pike would lift a 0-2 pitch into center for a single scoring a pair of runners and giving Carolina a two-run lead.
Cody Mincey would retire all three batters he faced in the eighth inning and Joel Seddon would close out the game with a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save. Senior right-hander Hunter Privette earned a win with one scoreless inning of relief.
WHAT A START
MONTGOMERY GETS IT STARTED
A BRIGHT SPOT
JACK OF ALL TRADES
Wynkoop pitched 7.1 scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters in a 2-0 win over Eastern Kentucky on February 22. He allowed just three hits and one walk.
SEDDON SEALS IT
Recently, Seddon had a pair of saves vs. Clemson and a save in the 4-2 win on Wednesday vs. Stetson.
WHAT A RELIEF
MINCEY MAKES AN APPEARANCE
Mincey has not allowed a run in a team-high eight relief appearances with just four hits allowed. He has 17 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched.
A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLISH
He went 2-for-4 with a run scored vs. Stetson in the 4-2 win and had a hit and a run scored in the 7-1 win vs. the Hatters the previous day. He played well in the Clemson series as he 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.
CROWE MAKES AN IMPACT
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 previous 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.
MOONEY MAKES A MARK
AT THE PLATE, IN THE FIELD & ON THE MOUND
IN A PINCH WITH BRISON
ON THE OFFENSIVE
HOME SWEET HOME
South Carolina is 165-32 in all-time games at Carolina Stadium, a winning percentage of .837. That is the best winning percentage of all 14 SEC schools since opening the facility.
Brown returns 21 letterwinners from last season. Senior right-hander Anthony Galan will get the ball for Brown on Friday. He pitched four complete games and hurled 54.2 innings last season. He finished the year with a 2-5 record.
Junior outfielder Will Marcal is the team's leading returning hitter. He hit .324 (47-for-145) with 20 runs scored, three homers and 23 RBI. He was a second-team All-Ivy League recipient. Also a second-team All-Ivy League returnee is senior J.J. Franco. He and sophomore Tim McKeithan make up the double play combination for Brown. McKeithan hit .317 (20-for-63) last year as well. Senior outfielder Daniel Massey is back in the outfield as well in left. He led Brown with four homers in 2013.
LAST TIME VS. BROWN
The teams opened the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 13 2010 with Carolina winning game one 8-4 and earning a 10-7 victory in the nightcap.
Game two of the series saw the Gamecocks rally for a the three-run victory. Trailing 6-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the Gamecocks sent 10 batters to the plate and broke ahead with seven runs to take a 9-6 lead. Brady Thomas singled to open the inning and scored on Adam Matthews' RBI double. That was followed up by another RBI hit as Robert Beary roped a triple to left center for the second run of the inning. Christian Walker kept the momentum going as he drove in Beary with RBI sacrifice fly. Scott Wingo would walk with one out followed by a single by Whit Merrifield and a RBI base hit from Adrian Morales. Pinch hitter Jeffery Jones added a two-run single and Nick Ebert closed out the scoring with RBI sacrifice fly that saw Whit Merrifield score all the way from second base, as Ebert just missed a home run to deep left centerfield.
Jay Brown would allow just one run in 4.1 innings of relief to pick up the victory.
In the series finale, senior catcher Kyle Enders went 3-for-5 with a career-high four RBI including a two-out RBI base hit in the 10th inning to lift South Carolina to a 6-5 win over Brown.
The see-saw affair saw the Gamecocks break the tie in extra innings. Evan Marzilli would open the 10th inning with a double down the left field line to put a runner on base for the Gamecocks. After a sacrifice bunt by Scott Wingo advanced Marzilli to third, the Bears loaded the bases with a pair of intentional walks to Whit Merrifield and Adrian Morales. Brown reliever Matt Kimball battled and struck out Nick Ebert to get the second out of the inning that set the stage for Enders' at bat. On a 1-2 count, Enders drilled a pitch on the outside corner to right field for a single scoring Marzilli and giving the Gamecocks a one-run victory.