April 3, 2012
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (20-8) returns to action on Wednesday, April 4 at College of Charleston (21-8). First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will be streamed live online at ESPN3.com. It can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College. South Carolina is ranked No. 10 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, No. 11 in the Baseball America Top 25 and No. 18 in Collegiate Baseball's Top 30.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Last 5 Years: SC leads 7-1 Date Winner Score Site 3/6/07 COC 5-4 (10)Charleston 3/18/08 SC 13-1 Charleston 3/26/08 SC 5-3 Columbia 3/24/09 SC 14-2 Charleston 4/14/09 SC 20-6 Columbia 4/7/10 SC 6-3 Columbia 3/22/11 SC 24-4 Columbia 4/19/11 SC 8-3 Charleston
ROTH NOMINATED MCWHORTER SCHOLAR-ATHLETE POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
The Southeastern Conference will name the 2012 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.
Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.
Roth is on pace to earn a B.S. degree this spring in International Business and Marketing in May of 2012.
Former baseball student-athlete Trey Dyson was the recipient of the 2002 McWhorter award.
ROTH LEADS THE WAY ON THE FIELD
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
ONE MORE APPEARANCE FROM ROTH & PRICE
Appearance List 88 Rob Mosser (1990-93) 87 Aaron Rawl (2002-05) 87 Jason Pomar (1996-99) 86 Jamie Poston (1997-00) 83 Matt Price (2009-present) 81 Michael Roth (2009-present)
MONTGOMERY SHOWS SOME POISE AND COMPOSURE
WALKER PROVIDES A PUNCH
Walker also became the 25th player in South Carolina history to reach the 200 career hit total. He is now at 205 for his three-year career with the Garnet & Black, 23rd best in school history. He is 30 hits shy of Hank Small (1972-75) and the Top 10 career hits total at Carolina.
Top 10 Career Hits List 303 Mac White (1991-94) 299 Michael Campbell (2003-06) 285 Drew Meyer (2000-02) 265 Landon Powell (2001-04) 265 Derick Urquhart (1995-98) 263 Whit Merrifield (2008-10) 262 Andrew Crisp (2005-09) 250 Mike Curry (1996-98) 246 Justin Smoak (2006-08) 245 Hank Small (1972-75) -------------------------------------------------------- 205 Christian Walker (2010-present) (23rd currently)
In SEC games, Walker is among the best in the entire league. Through nine SEC games, Walker is first in slugging percentage (.758), home runs (4) and walks (10). He is tied for second in runs scored (11), total bases (25), tied for fourth in runs batted in (8) and is sixth in on-base percentage (.488).
MARZILLI LEADS IT OFF
Marzilli had four hits including a three-run homer in the 8-5 win over Furman and was 3-for-4 win the 9-3 win over Florida. Marzilli had a game-winning three-run double as well as a career-high four RBI in the 6-4 win over Appalachian State. He also tied a school record with three doubles in the 2-1 win over Princeton. It is the 25th time in school history that a player has tallied three doubles in one game.
Marzilli's defense was essential for the Gamecocks in the 3-2 win over Clemson in 11 innings. Marzilli had his first assist of the year with a throw to home plate to nab a Tiger runner trying to score and his diving catch with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning sealed the Gamecock victory. Marzilli was effective in the first weekend vs. VMI as he hit .500 (6-for-12) with a .538 on-base percentage. Marzilli had a 3-for-4 day at the plate on Opening Day. He scored the game-winning run in the opener and also was key in the 13-1 victory as he went 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and two RBI.
SHOWING OFF THE GLOVE
A CALL TO ARMS
He had a 5-for-6 game with a pair of RBI in the 8-5 win over Furman. The last Gamecock player with five hits in a game was Christian Walker on April 5, 2011 vs. USC Upstate.
He tallied his first career homer and RBI in the 2-1 win vs. Presbyterian. The game-winning hit came in the bottom of the fourth inning. In the Elon series, he was 2-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored in the 8-1 win in the opener. He had two walks in game two and a hit and a run scored in the Sunday series finale.
Tyler Webb MAKES HIS MARK
ENGLISH HAS A KNACK
He tallied two hits in the 9-3 win over Florida. He was 2-for-5 with a run scored in the 8-5 win over Furman. He had a season-high three hits and a run scored in the 5-2 win over Charleston Southern. English went 2-for-4 with two runs in the 8-1 win over UNC Asheville. He scored a run in all three games of the Elon series and hit safely in all three games as well. English drove in three runs for the weekend with a key two-run triple to left-center in 6-0 win over Elon in the second inning.
CELEK DRIVES THEM IN
Martin was the starting designated hitter the entire weekend of the Princeton series. He hit .556 (5-for-9) with a pair of runs scored and a RBI in the weekend sweep. Martin tied a season-high with three hits including a solo home run in the 2-1 win over Princeton on Friday night.
BRING THE PAYNE
He was 6-for-11 (.545) in the Kentucky series as well as 3-for-7 in midweek contests vs. CSU and ASU. Payne had two hits apiece in all three games at Kentucky as well as a solo home run in Friday's 4-3 loss.
Payne is hitting .290 (18-for-62) for the season with two doubles, two triples, two homers, six runs scored and 11 RBI. He owns a .484 slugging percentage
HOLMES WITH THE ANSWER
Holmes owns a 2.84 ERA in six starts with 31.2 innings pitched. He has 28 strikeouts to 10 walks.
WESTMORELAND WINS FIRST START OF THE YEAR
BEAL BRINGS IT
Beal earned his first career win in the 9-6 victory vs. Clemson. Beal entered the game in the bottom of the fifth and retired nine in a row and lasted four innings allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out five and walking one.
DYNAMIC DUO BEHIND THE DISH
Not to be outdone is junior catcher Dante Rosenberg, who has played in 16 games with 10 starts. Rosenberg was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and a RBI including the game-winning RBI hit in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 3-2 win over VMI.
LB LIGHTS IT UP
Dantzler was solid in his debut vs. VMI as he tallied a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning as South Carolina defeated VMI 2-1 in the opener. Dantzler followed that up with a three-run homer, a double and four RBI in the 13-1 win over VMI that helped Carolina sweep the Keydets. Dantzler finished the weekend 4-for-11 (.364) at the plate with five RBI and a .727 slugging percentage.
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