Gamecock Baseball Heads To Tennessee For SEC Series
April 6, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (23-5, 7-2 SEC) will be back in action on Thursday as the Gamecocks begin a three-game SEC series at Tennessee (19-10, 2-7 SEC). First pitch for the opener is 7:30 p.m. and it is the inaugural SEC Game of the Week on ESPNU. Game two of the series is on Friday at 6 p.m. with the series finale on Saturday at Noon. Saturday's game will be televised live on SportSouth. The game can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network. South Carolina is the consensus No. 3 team in the country in the latest rankings by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.
Probable Starting Pitchers
GAMECOCKS POWER WAY TO 18-2 WIN OVER USC UPSTATE
The Gamecock offense pounded out 20 hits in the victory. In addition to Walker's five-hit evening, five more Carolina players tallied multi-hit games. Peter Mooney, Adrian Morales, Brady Thomas, Evan Marzilli and Robert Beary had two hits apiece. Walker's five hits bested his previous career-high of four that he set twice last year. His five RBI tied a career-high that he set last year vs. Duquesne.
Sophomore right-hander Patrick Sullivan earned his first career win in his first career start. Sullivan went a career-high five innings and allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out a career-high six batters. He retired 10 consecutive batters before giving way to the bullpen.
South Carolina junior outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. did not play on Tuesday night. Bradley injured his back on Monday in the weight room. His status is uncertain at this time.
LAST WEEK'S RECAP
The South Carolina pitching staff has a tremendous weekend against the Gators in Gainesville. The Gamecock pitching staff allowed just six earned runs in 26 innings of play and the Gators hit just .217 in the series at McKethan Stadium. The staff ERA for the weekend was 2.08. The Gamecocks were not charged an error in both Friday's and Sunday's victories over the Gators as well.
BY THE NUMBERS
KOUMAS EARNS SEC CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
ROTH AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS
Roth leads the SEC in innings pitched (50.0) is tied for the league lead with six victories, is second with a 1.44 ERA and third in strikeouts (50). He is also ninth in opposing batting average (.216).
PACK THE HOUSE
MOONEY KEEPS RISING
Mooney went 2-for-4 with two runs in Tuesday's win over USC Upstate. For the season, Mooney is batting .276 (29-for-105) with seven doubles, a triple and a homer.
TAYLOR MAKES AN APPEARANCE
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
Top 10 Saves All-Time 30 Rob Mosser (1990-93) 28 Brian Beatson (1987-90) 22 Blake Taylor (2001-02) 22 Lee Gronkiewicz (1999-2001) 20 Chad Blackwell (2004) 19 Jason Pomar (1996-99) 18 Scott Barber (1998-2000) 17 Matt Price (2009-11)
Carolina's bullpen came up big in relief in the rubber game victory vs. Florida as three relievers combined to shut the Gators down as Carolina rallied for a 4-3 win over Florida. Sophomore right-hander Colby Holmes went three scoreless allowing just one hit and striking out a pair of batters. Senior right-hander John Taylor followed and allowed just two hits in 1.2 scoreless. Sophomore right-hander Matt Price closed it down to get his second win of the year. He allowed just one hit in 2.1 innings with a strikeout.
Four South Carolina relievers also combined to limit Georgia to just one run on three hits in eight innings of work I as South Carolina defeated Georgia 8-3 to also win a rubber game. Gamecock freshman right-hander Forrest Koumas allowed just one run on two hits in 3.1 innings of work to earn the win. Senior right-hander John Taylor worked 2.1 hitless innings and tallied a strikeout, junior left-hander Bryan Harper struck out the lone batter he faced and sophomore closer Matt Price worked two scoreless innings with four strikeouts to pick up the save. The four relievers along with Gamecock starter Adam Westmoreland combined for 14 strikeouts, a season-high in a game for the Gamecock pitching staff.
WINGO & RECORDS
Wingo holds several career records that he continues to add to in his final season with the Gamecocks. Wingo is the 15th player in school history to play 200 or more games. Wingo played in his 200th in the 8-4 win over Wofford and now has played in 213 career games heading into USC Upstate game.
Wingo holds the school records for putouts and assists for a second baseman. He has fielded .971 in his career with just 28 errors. Wingo also holds the school career record for hit by pitches with 52 so far in his career.
All-Time Games Played List 255 Michael Campbell 2003-04-05-06 251 Landon Powell 2001-02-03-04 238 Andrew Crisp 2005-06-07-08-09 236 Mac White 1991-92-93-94 223 Jeff Parnell 1990-91-92-93 221 Trey Dyson 1999-00-01-02 217 Derick Urquhart 1995-96-97-98 213 Scott Wingo 2008-09-10-11
WALKER DRIVES THEM IN
On the year, Walker is hitting .364 (40-for-110) with 33 RBI and 30 runs scored. Walker homered and drove in a four runs in the 6-4 win over The Citadel. He also had a pair of RBI in Sunday's 4-1 win over Kentucky.
BRADY BEHIND THE PLATE
MORALES GETS ON BASE
Morales leads the team with a .368 batting average (35-for-95) with 25 runs scored. Morales is seventh in the SEC with a .488 on-base percentage and 12th in the league with a .568 slugging percentage.
Bradley is second in the SEC with six home runs and sixth in the league with a .588 slugging percentage. He is also tied for eighth with 19 walks.
With a home run. Rhode Island, Bradley became the 24th player in South Carolina history to record 200 or more career hits with his home run on Wednesday vs. URI. Bradley currently has 207 career hits.
MATTHEWS GETS IT GOING Junior outfielder Adam Matthews was 2-for-4 with two key doubles in the 4-3 win over Florida on Sunday. He also had a triple in Friday's 9-2 win over the Gators. Matthews went 3-for-6 with a pair of homers and a career-high eight RBI in Tuesday's 24-4 win over College of Charleston. The eight RBI was one short of the individual game school record at South Carolina. Six of his seven hits in last week's five games were extra base hits (three doubles, a triple, two homers). For the season, Matthews is hitting .295 (26-for-88) with four doubles, two triples, two homers, 13 RBI and 24 runs scored.
Matthews has a strained left hamstring and his status is uncertain for this week.
HOLMES PROVIDES AN ANSWER
Holmes was also effective in his first start, a win vs. College of Charleston. Holmes earned his first win of the year as he went a career-high six-plus innings and tied career-high with six strikeouts. He allowed three runs on five hits with two walks. For the season, Holmes is 2-0 with a 3.91 ERA in 23 innings pitched. He has 22 strikeouts and opponents are batting .233 against him.
WILLIAMS GETS OFFENSIVE