Gamecocks Return To The Road With Weekend SEC Series At Kentucky
March 26, 2009
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (16-6, 2-4 SEC) heads back on the road for a weekend series with Kentucky (15-7, 3-3 SEC) as SEC action continues. First pitch for the opener on Friday is set for 6:30 pm with both Saturday and Sunday's games scheduled for 1 pm. All three games can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network and on GamecocksOnline.com with Mike Morgan and Tommy Moody on the call.
The Gamecocks have won two consecutive series against the Wildcats. Both were played in Columbia at Sarge Frye Field in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Carolina is 35-26 in all-time series history vs. Kentucky.
Pitching Rotations (probable starters)
With the score deadlocked at 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, South Carolina got things going with a one-out single by Jackie Bradley, Jr. Five pitches later, the Gamecocks had two runners on base as Whit Merrifield drew a walk against GSU reliever Dexter Bobo. With two outs and runners still on first and second base, Mack came to the plate. On Bobo's 1-2 pitch, Mack drilled a base hit through the right side and Bradley, Jr. scored from second base with the winning run for a Gamecock victory. Mack finished the night 3-for-4 at the plate and also was intentionally walked once. Bradley, Jr. also had two hits as the Gamecocks won the first extra inning game for the team this season.
He is currently on a six-game hitting streak and had two hits in the 2-1 win over Georgia Southern. Bradley, Jr. on the year is hitting .310 (26-for-84) with four HR and 12 RBI. He has also scored a team-high 22 runs.
Dyson owns a 3-1 record with a 2.73 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched. He also has 28 strikeouts. Teams are only batting .167 against him, which is the lowest batting average allowed by an SEC pitcher this season, per the conference statistic report.
THE STOPPER - Alex Farotto
CRISP REACHES MILESTONE
Crisp had his nine-game hitting streak snapped in the Sunday loss vs. LSU. Despite the hitting streak being snapped, Crisp has been among the team's leaders in hitting with a .318 average (27-for-85) with six HR and 20 RBI. He is also batting .318 in SEC games (7-for-22) with a team-high nine RBI in SEC contests.
He now has 207 career hits that puts him at 20th on the All-Time list. Crisp and senior DeAngelo Mack are tied for the team high in multi-hit games with nine.
SC ALL-TIME HITS LIST
Crisp has also made his way on the career list at Carolina for singles in a career. Crisp currently has 160 career singles with the Gamecocks, eighth highest in school history
SC All-Time Singles List
A LOOK CLOSER
THE HOME RUN
EBERT SHOWS STRENGTH
Ebert went 4-for-5 in the 5-4 win over Mississippi State, he is the first Gamecock player this year to record four or more hits in a game (3/15). He also was 1-for-2 with four RBI in the 6-5 win over Presbyterian (3/9). He finished last week in six games batting 10-for-18 (.556) with three HR and nine RBI.
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.
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 the Saturday 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.
CAROLINA BY THE NUMBERS
Carolina is also 15-0 on the year when allowing five runs or less by an opponent. The staff owns a 4.48 ERA in 195 innings with 198 strikeouts. Opponents are batting just .231 against the squad, the lowest average allowed by an SEC staff on the year.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
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.