April 5, 2012
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (21-8, 3-6 SEC) is back in SEC action this weekend hosting Tennessee (19-10, 5-4 SEC) at Carolina Stadium in a three-game series. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is set for 7 p.m. Saturday's contest will start at 8 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPNU. The Sunday series finale is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. All three games 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.
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Overall: SC leads 46-33
Last 5 Years Date Winner Score Site 5/11/07 SC 7-1 Knoxville 5/12/07 UT 4-3 Knoxville 5/13/07 SC 13-7 Knoxville 5/15/08 UT 13-2 Columbia 5/16/08 SC 7-5 Columbia 5/17/08 SC 10-8 Columbia 5/8/09 UT 9-5 Knoxville 5/9/09 SC 15-12 Columbia 5/10/09 SC 15-6 Columbia 3/19/10 SC 4-2 Columbia 3/20/10 SC 10-7 Columbia 3/21/10 SC 4-0 Columbia 4/7/11 SC 4-0 Knoxville 4/8/11 SC 2-0 Knoxville 4/9/11 SC 2-1 Knoxville
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Westmoreland limited the College of Charleston to just two hits in 5.1 innings of work while walking one and striking out three. Webb followed him with 2.2 scoreless innings and just two hits allowed while walking one and striking out three as well. Belcher worked a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to close out the victory for the Gamecocks. College of Charleston starter Ryan West suffered the loss and is now 2-3 for the season. He allowed two runs on six hits in five innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
All nine position starters reached base at least once for Carolina with eight tallying at least one hit including Joey Pankake, who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Christian Walker, Brison Celek and Chase Vergason all had two hits apiece as well.
ROTH NOMINATED FOR 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 28 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) ------------------------------------------------------------------ 207 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.
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