South Carolina Begins SEC Season With Weekend Series At Mississippi State
March 12, 2009
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (10-2) begins SEC play this weekend with a three-game series at Mississippi State (10-4). First pitch for the opener is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday with Saturday's contest at 3 p.m. ET and Sunday's series finale scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. Live audio broadcast is available at GamecocksOnline.com. The games can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network including flagship station 107.5 FM "The Game."
South Carolina swept the series vs. Mississippi State last year in Columbia. Carolina earned victories of 9-1, 4-1 and 10-3 over the Bulldogs. South Carolina also won the last series the two schools played in Starkville, Miss. when Carolina took two of three games vs. MSU in the 2007 season. South Carolina leads the all-time series 27-22 over the Bulldogs. MSU is under the leadership of John Cohen, who is in his first year as head coach Mississippi State. Cohen previously served as head coach at Kentucky for five seasons.
South Carolina has gone 2-1 on the week with a 6-5 win over Presbyterian, 13-3 win over Old Dominion and a 16-8 loss to Wofford.
Pitching Rotations (probable starters)
Series Record: SOUTH CAROLINA LEADS 27-22
THE HOME RUN
EBERT SHOWS STRENGTH
The University of South Carolina Athletics Department has established a Fire Relief Fund for two of its own who were affected by the recent fire at a Columbia apartment complex, it was announced today.
Ebert and Adam Nonnemacher, a full-time intern in the athletics marketing department, lost nearly all of their possessions in a fire at the Waterford Apartments off Broad River Road that occurred on February 23. The fire displaced 25 people and caused an estimated $1 million in damage.
"This is a very difficult time for these two young men who are a part of the Gamecock Athletics Family," said Carolina Athletics Director Eric Hyman. "The Red Cross has assisted in the relief effort, but we wanted to fill in the gaps. We were looking for a way that we could help Nick and Adam recover some of their losses and do so within the framework of the NCAA rules. Former Gamecock pitcher Blake Taylor, a vice president at Southern First Bank, has worked with us to make this a reality."
Those interested in contributing to the fund should send their donation in care of the E/N Fire Relief Fund, Southern First Bank, 717 Lady Street, Suite D, Columbia, S.C. 29201. Contributions are not tax deductable. If there are any proceeds remaining after Ebert and Nonnemacher's needs are met, that money would go to the Red Cross.
He tallied his first multi-homer game of his career in last Saturday's win vs. Long Beach State. Mack also hit a game-winning solo homer in the 3-1 victory at Clemson on February 28. In addition, he hit a pair of three-run homers in the opening series vs. Duquesne.
Mack started the season in left field for the Gamecocks. He had a strong end to the 2008 season and made his way into the starting lineup late in the year. Mack blasted seven homers including a pair at the 2008 NCAA Raleigh Regional that put him also on the All-Tournament team. Mack joined Whit Merrifield on the Cape this summer with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
Mack played in 38 games with 30 starts, hit .283 (30-for-106), tallied five doubles, a triple, seven homers and 21 RBI. He also scored 25 runs and stole a pair of bases. His slugging percentage is 1.083. He has also walked six times and is at .556 for on-base percentage.
BEHIND THE DISH WITH DALLES
Dalles is a three-time MLB draft selection, once after his senior year in high school and twice in junior college.
A RECENT TREND
CAROLINA BY THE NUMBERS
Last year, Merrifield was a 2008 SEC All-Freshman team selection and played in 62 of 63 games. Merrifield was among the team's leading hitters in 2008 as he hit .326 (77-for-236) with nine doubles, a triple and three HR. He was also a 2008 NCAA Regional All-Tournament team pick in Raleigh, N.C. He scored 58 runs and led the team in stolen bases with 11. Merrifield played last summer for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League.
WESTMORELAND MAKES HIS MARK
A native of Prince George, Va., Bradley, Jr. was a 2008 all-state performer in the state of Virginia. Bradley, Jr. looks to maybe sit at top of Ray Tanner's batting order for the 2009 season.