March 24, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (19-3) begins a six-game homestand on Tuesday hosting College of Charleston (16-7). First pitch is 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game," with Andy Demetra and Tommy Moody on the call. Live gametracker stats and video stream are also available at GamecocksOnline.
South Carolina is ranked No. 2 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball as well as No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and No. 4 by Perfect Game.
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PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
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A LOOK BACK
SCOUTING COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Sophomore third baseman Blake Butler is the team's leading hitter with a .344 average (33-for-96) with 19 runs scored. Senor left fielder Brandon Murray has four homers and 19 RBI and the team's best slugging percentage at .513. Junior second baseman Gunnar Heidt played with Tanner English at St. James HS. He is hitting .256 (21-for-82) with 21 runs scored, three homers and 16 RBI.
College of Charleston will send freshman RHP Tyler Thornton to the hill vs. the Gamecocks on Tuesday. Thornton is 0-1 with a .471 ERA in 21.0 innings. This will be his fourth start and 10th appearance for the Cougars.
Head coach Monte Lee is in sixth season at the helm of the Cougars. Lee served as Volunteer Assistant under Ray Tanner at South Carolina from 2003-08 and was part of a pair of College World Series teams in the Garnet & Black as well as six NCAA Regional squads.
LAST TIME VS. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Vince Fiori earned his first win of the season after pitching 2.1 innings of relief. He allowed one run, unearned, on two hits and struck out two batters. Patrick Sullivan and Adam Westmoreland each pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief with Sullivan allowing only one hit and striking out a batter while Westmoreland allowed no hits, with one walk and two strikeouts. College of Charleston starter Player Loving suffered the loss and falls to 1-2 on the year. Loving pitched one-plus inning, allowed five runs on five hits and walked one.
The Gamecocks took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With one out, Chase Vergason was hit by a pitch for a team-leading 10th time this season. Joey Pankake then hit a ball hard up the middle to put runners on the corners for LB Dantzler who drove in Vergason with a single to left-center.
Carolina scored four runs in the bottom of the second to go ahead 5-0. Grayson Greiner drew a four-pitch walk to open the frame setting it up for Bright, who hit his fourth homer of the season, crushing a ball over the left field wall. Back-to-back singles by Tanner English and Graham Saiko followed by a walk to Vergason loaded the bases and a pair of sacrifice flies off the bats of Pankake and Dantzler would bring home English and Saiko respectively.
The Cougars responded with a four-run inning of their own to cut the Gamecocks' lead to 5-4. Devon Reed was hit by a pitch to start the top of the third, Carl Wise singled to put runners on the corners for Gunnar Heidt, who then drilled a ball past Pankake to bring home Reed and put the Cougars on the board. Brandon Murray sent a 2-1 pitch to deep left center field scoring Wise and a sacrifice fly off bat of Ben Boykin would bring in Heidt. With Murray in scoring position, pinch hitter Cody Martin knocked a double to the gap in right center field, driving in Murray and leaving South Carolina with a one-run lead.
The Gamecocks tallied two more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-4 lead over the Cougars. After Max Schrock drew a leadoff walk, Bright hammered a double to left-center, bringing home Schrock and tying a career-high with three RBI's in a game. Bright would come home when Saiko sent a ball soaring over the College of Charleston second baseman for a RBI single.
The Cougars added another run in the top of the fourth cutting the Gamecocks' lead to two runs. Reed reached base on an error, advanced to third on Butler's double down the left field line and came home when Wise grounded out to Pankake.
A pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth increased the South Carolina lead to 9-5. Saiko doubled to the gap in right center field and then with two outs Pankake came to the plate and launched a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homer. Pankake tied a season-high with three hits in a game as well as a season-high three RBI's in a game for the fourth time.
In the bottom of the eighth Saiko hit his first career homer for the 10th run of the game. He had a career-high four hits as well.
In the top of ninth, College of Charleston tacked on one more run to cut South Carolina's lead to 10-6. Heidt hit a two-out double off the wall in left field and he scored on Brandon Murray's RBI single.
PANKAKE WARMING UP
SEDDON SEALS IT
A BRIGHT SPOT
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 first 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.
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.
MINCEY WITH AN APPEARANCE
WIDENER SHOWS VERSATILITY
Greiner owns a .338 average (25-fo-74) at the plate with 20 runs scored and a team-high 22 RBI. Greiner has a .427 on-base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage; both are second best on the team.
Greiner hit .455 (5-for-11) in the Brown series with six runs scored and a RBI. With five hits and a walk, Greiner scored all six times he reached base in the Brown series.
Greiner won the Tom Price award as the MVP for South Carolina in the weekend series vs. Clemson. 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.
A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLISH
MAX IT OUT
Schrock is hitting .354 (17-for-48) on the year with a team-high four homers and 10 RBI. He has a .467 on-base percentage and a .625 slugging mark. His four homers is tied for third-highest in the SEC.
CALDWELL WITH THE ASSIST
IN A PINCH WITH BRISON
REAGAN SUPPLIES RELIEF
MONTGOMERY GETS IT STARTED
MOONEY LEADS IT OFF
Mooney was Carolina's top hitter vs. Stetson and Brown. Mooney hit .474 (9-for-19) vs. Stetson and Brown with a run scored and four RBI.
AT THE PLATE & IN THE FIELD
HOME SWEET HOME
South Carolina is 171-33 in all-time games at Carolina Stadium, a winning percentage of .838. That is the best winning percentage of all 14 SEC schools since opening the facility.
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