March 27, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (21-3, 3-3 SEC) returns to SEC play this weekend with a three-game series vs. Tennessee (19-4, 3-3 SEC) at Carolina Stadium. First pitch for Friday's opener is 7 p.m. with Saturday's game set for 4 p.m. and Sunday's series finale scheduled for 1:30 p.m. All three games 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 are also available at GamecocksOnline with live video streaming on the All Access Channel.
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 and the NCBWA. Tennessee is ranked No. 20 by Perfect Game, No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll, No. 22 by Baseball America and No. 23 by the NCBWA.
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PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
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A LOOK BACK
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Curt Brit picked up his first win of the season after three scoreless innings of work. Britt allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out four batters. Junior right-hander Evan Beal made his first appearance of the year in a start and hurled four hitless innings and struck out three batters. Coastal Carolina starter Dalton Moats suffered the loss and is 0-3 for the year. He allowed three runs on five hits in three innings with four walks and a strikeout.
A two-run double by Marcus Mooney in the bottom of the second gave South Carolina a quick 2-0 lead over Coastal Carolina. Designated hitter Brison Celek drew a walk to open the frame and DC Arendas followed with a base hit to right field. After Logan Koch advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, Mooney knocked the first pitch he saw from Moats down the left field line to score both runs.
The Gamecocks added to their lead scoring runs in both the third and fifth innings. With two outs in the bottom of the third, Connor Bright drew a walk, swiftly stole second and came home on double off the bat of Celek. Kyle Martin led off the bottom of the fifth with a single through the right side and would score South Carolina's fourth and final run of the game on Arendas' RBI base hit.
Freshman Nick Senzel has been Tennessee's top hitter with a .352 average (25-for-71) with 19 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, a homer and 21 RBI. His on-base percentage is also .460 with a .479 slugging mark. UT's top power hitter currently is Scott Price, who is batting .348 (31-for-89) with three homers and 20 RBI. Sophomore outfielder Christin Stewart enters with a 10-game hitting streak. His average is .322 (28-for-87) with 19 runs scored, six doubles, three triples, three homers and 17 RBI. He has a .563 slugging percentage. Sophomore shortstop A.J. Simcox was ranked the No. 5 best prospect in the SEC for the 2015 MLB Draft. He has lived up to his billing this season with a .341 average (28-for-82) and eight stolen bases.
The Vols pitching staff is led by senior right-hander Nick Williams, who will get the ball on Friday night. He is 3-2 with a 1.88 ERA with a team-high 38.1 innings pitched. Opponents are batting just .172 against him. He has 25 strikeouts to eight walks. He has allowed nine runs, eight earned, on 22 hits. He is followed up by freshman right-hander Hunter Martin, who is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA in five games. Sophomore right-hander Andrew Lee is the Sunday starter with a 3-0 record and a 3.94 ERA in 32.0 innings.
LAST TIME VS. TENNESSEE
In the series opener, both teams were deadlocked at 4-4 when the Gamecocks caught a break in the top of the ninth as a fielding error by third baseman Will Maddox allowed Dantzler to reach base to open the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved Dantzler into scoring position, Schrock put Carolina ahead by a run as he launched a 1-0 pitch from UT reliever Zack Godley over the head of center fielder Pierce Bily for a double giving Carolina a one-run cushion. Tennessee looked to mount one more rally in the ninth as Jeff Moberg led off with a walk against Tyler Webb. That would be it for the Volunteers though as Webb retired the next three batters in order. Maddox fouled off a bunt attempt on a nice diving play by third baseman Chase Vergason, followed by strikeouts of A.J. Simcox and Scott Price.
Game two saw South Carolina pound out 17 hits with all nine starters reaching base at least once on the way to a 12-8 win. Left-hander Adam Westmoreland was tremendous in relief allowing just one run on five hits in a season-high six innings. The 17-hit performance for the Gamecocks featured three-hit games from Connor Bright, Graham Saiko and Chase Vergason.
The Gamecocks belted out a season-high 21 hits with 10 different Gamecocks recording at least one hit on the way to a 19-2 victory in the series finale to sweep the Volunteers. Sophomore left-hander Jordan Montgomery worked four scoreless innings with no walks and a pair of strikeouts. Senior right-hander Colby Holmes pitched the final five innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Left-hander Jordan Montgomery worked four scoreless innings with no walks and a pair of strikeouts. Colby Holmes pitched the final five innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
PANKAKE WARMING UP
During his 12-game hitting streak, Pankake is hitting .404 (19-for-47) with a .462 on-base percentage, 11 runs scored and 13 RBI.
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 has a team-high four homers and 10 RBI. His four homers is tied for third-highest in the SEC.
Scott has not allowed a run in five relief appearances, 10.1 innings pitched with just three hits allowed and one walk.
CALDWELL WITH THE ASSIST
This season Fiori has pitched 10.0 scoreless innings of relief with 10 strikeouts in eight relief appearances.
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.
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