March 27, 2008
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (16-6, 4-2 SEC) gets back into SEC action with a three-game series vs. Kentucky (21-2, 4-2 SEC) at Sarge Frye Field beginning on Friday night at 7 pm. Both teams sit in a tie for second place in the Eastern Division.
This is the second consecutive year that both teams meet in Columbia. Carolina won two of three games vs. the Wildcats last year to win the series. The Gamecocks lead the all-time series with a 33-25 career record vs. UK. All three games can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network with Mike Morgan and Tommy Moody on the call.
Live video broadcast for Friday and Sunday's games will be available at gamecocksonline.com. Due to SEC regulations, video broadcast for Saturday's game will be available on a tape delay basis in the evening.
A LOOK CLOSER AT LAST WEEK'S MSU SERIES
A CRISP RETURN
GAMECOCKS AT THE PLATE & ON THE MOUND
HAVENS AT THE FRONT OF THE LINE
Havens earned SEC Player of the Week honors following his performance on opening weekend vs. East Carolina. Havens was 7-for-14 (.500) for the series with a pair of homers, six RBI and seven runs scored. His five hits in the season opener tied his career-high and he set a career-high as well with five RBI in the 22-5 win over the Pirates.
A LOOK AT THE POLLS
Senior RHP Nick Godwin got things started last Tuesday in the Lowcountry with a career-high eight innings pitched in the 13-1 win. He allowed just one run on two hits while striking out six and walking two batters. The six strikeouts tied a career-high for Godwin as well.
Junior RHP Mike Cisco kept things going for Carolina on Friday night in a 9-1 victory vs. MSU. Cisco improved to 4-0 in 7.2 innings of work limiting MSU to one run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Junior LHP Will Atwood followed suit on Saturday tying his career-high in innings pitched with a seven inning stint vs. MSU. He allowed just one run on four hits to pick up his second straight win vs. an SEC team.
Sophomore RHP Blake Cooper closed the weekend out for Carolina with eight innings of work in Sunday's win vs. Mississippi State. Cooper scattered 10 hits and allowed just three runs to pick up the win.
Saturday's 4-1 win vs. MSU also featured the first career save for Brandon Todd. The senior right-hander pitched two hitless innings of relief. He owns 12 strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. Carolina relievers Craig Thomas and Parker Bangs also had scoreless outings of relief out of the pen for the Gamecocks. Thomas has 12 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched and Bangs has set down 16 batters by strikeout in 9.1 innings.
DARNELL DRIVES THEM IN
All five of Darnell's home runs have come in the last two weeks. He hit a grand slam home run vs. Yale and added a home run in the 16-7 win at Vanderbilt.
He currently owns a 10-game hitting streak and is the team's leading hitter in conference play through six SEC contests with .407 batting average.
BREAK OUT THE BATS
GODWIN IS GOOD
Godwin had a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to Furman although he did strike out a career-high seven batters. He is 2-2 on the year with a 2.86 ERA as well as a team-high 27 strikeouts in 28.1 innings of work. Godwin also recorded a win the 12-0 victory vs. UNC Asheville.
SMOAK MOVES UP THE CHARTS
Home Runs Career List 48 Hank Small (1972-73-74-75) 47 Garrett Carter (1985-86-87-88) 45 Jeff Parnell (1990-91-92-93) 44 Landon Powell (2001-02-03-04) 44 Justin Smoak (2006-07-08)
THE CISCO KID
THE WILL TO WIN
HANGING WITH MR. COOPER
DISHER SHOWS STRENGTH
Disher had a strong season opener for the Gamecocks as he collected three hits with a pair of homers and five RBI in the 22-5 win over East Carolina. Disher's two homers marked the first multi-homer game of his career and his five RBI total was a career-high.
CUJO OUT FOR REMAINDER OF 2008 SEASON
ENDERS CONTINUES TO CONTRIBUTE
The sophomore from Riverside HS came up big in the clutch for the Gamecocks in a 7-6 rally over East Carolina as his two-run single with the bases loaded and one out gave Carolina a one-run victory and clinched the series.
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