March 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina returns to action on Tuesday hosting Furman at Carolina Stadium. Fans are encouraged to arrive early at 6:50 p.m. as the Gamecocks will honor USC student Martha Childress before the contest in a pregame ceremony. First pitch is 7 p.m. Live video broadcast is available at GamecocksOnline. The first hour of the game will be on 1320 AM with the game being joined in progress at 8 p.m. on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game."
South Carolina is ranked No. 1 by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll as well as No. 3 by Perfect Game.
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PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
A LOOK BACK
South Carolina did not allow a run in the entire Brown series with three shutouts to extend the team's total to eight on the year. South Carolina outscored Brown 24-0 with victories of 13-0, 8-0 and 1-0.
Furman returns six position starters from last year's team. Their top hitter currently, Greg Harrison, spent one season with the Gamecock program for the 2010 season. He did not see any action. Harrison leads Furman with a .350 average (21-for-60) with nine runs scored, seven doubles, a homer and 10 RBI.
Another Gamecock tie to the Paladins is volunteer assistant Landon Powell. Powell lettered from South Carolina 2001-04 and was a member of three CWS squads and a All-American before being a MLB first round selection by the Oakland A's. Powell spent three seasons in the big leagues with the A's (2009-11) and caught a perfect game in 2010 by A's pitcher Dallas Braden.
LAST TIME VS. FURMAN
Down 4-1 entering the top of the sixth, South Carolina mounted a rally with a single run in that frame and three more runs in the seventh to go ahead 5-4. Dante Rosenberg had a two-out single in the sixth to cut the deficit to two runs. In the seventh inning, the momentum continued. George Iskenderian led off with a base hit to center. A walk to LB Dantzler and a single off the top of the green monster in left by pinch hitter Connor Bright loaded the bases. Max Schrock would drive in Iskenderian with a single to left field. Schrock knocked a 2-1 pitch right through the left side for a run. Brison Celek then came up with a big bat as he drilled a 3-1 pitch just off the top of the wall in left-center to score two more runs and give the Gamecocks a one-run cushion.
Furman responded in the bottom half of the seventh though with the second homer of the game, a solo shot by Taylor Johnson to left field to tie it at 5-5, his third hit of the game. The bottom of the eighth, the Paladins caught a break as Alex Abrams reached base to open the inning on a fielding error by Dantzler at first base. With one out, Abrams would score as pinch hitter Griffin Davis' RBI double to the gap in right-center put Furman back in front by a run. The Gamecocks looked to rally one more time in the ninth as Celek drew a two-out walk followed by a walk to Rosenberg. Pinch hitter Grayson Greiner grounded into a fielder's choice to the shortstop for the final out of the game preserving Furman's win.
South Carolina lost despite having 10 hits to Furman's nine in the game. Brison Celek reached base in all five plate appearances with a pair of hits. Johnson went 3-for-3 with three RBI with Chris Ohmstede 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored to lead Furman at the plate.
AT THE HIT & IN THE FIELD
WIDENER TO MAKE FIRST START
MOONEY LEADS IT OFF
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
Seddon has not allowed a run or a hit in 9.2 innings and owns five saves in eight appearances. He has 13 strikeouts on the year.
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 helped lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win. He had a team-high four walks on the weekend as well.
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.
A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLISH
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.
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.
IN A PINCH WITH BRISON
FRESHMEN MAKE A STATEMENT
Several Gamecock position players earned their first career starts vs. Stetson and Brown. Freshman infielder Jordan Gore started at second in Sunday's 1-0 win with freshman Weber Pike at the designated hitter spot. Freshman catcher Logan Koch started the 4-2 win over Stetson on Wednesday.
HOME SWEET HOME
South Carolina is 168-32 in all-time games at Carolina Stadium, a winning percentage of .840. That is the best winning percentage of all 14 SEC schools since opening the facility.
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