Baseball Hosts The Citadel On Tuesday Night
April 8, 2013
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (26-7) is back in action on Tuesday hosting The Citadel (17-16). First pitch at Carolina Stadium is set for 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game." Live video broadcast is available on the All Access Channel at GamecocksOnline.
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PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
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LAST TIME VS. THE CITADEL
Grayson Greiner tallied a two-run homer in the third inning, LB Dantzler added a solo shot in the fourth inning and Joey Pankake hit a two-run homer in the ninth to help lead the Gamecocks to a win. Both Greiner and Pankake drove in three runs as well.
Wynkoop struck out five batters and walked just one. Senior left-hander Tyler Webb pitched two perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts. The Citadel starting pitcher Logan Cribb suffered the loss. He lasted only 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.
South Carolina went ahead 2-1 with a pair of runs in the top of the third. After a leadoff single by Connor Bright, the Gamecocks would grab the lead on a two-run homer by Greiner. The Gamecock catcher absolutely crushed a 3-2 pitch from Cribb over the wall in center for his second homer of the season.
Dantzler increased the Carolina lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning with a solo homer. Dantzler knocked a 3-1 pitch from Cribb over the right field wall.
A pair of unearned runs extended the Gamecock lead to 5-1 in the fifth inning. TJ Costen opened the frame reaching base on a throwing error by third baseman Bret Hines. Carolina then put runners on second and third as Shon Carson reached on his sac bunt attempt as The Citadel reliever Zach Sherrill committed a throwing error trying to nab Carson at first. Chase Vergason would drive in Costen with a RBI groundout and Joey Pankake ripped a RBI single up the middle to score Carson.
The Citadel got a run back in the sixth inning. Drew DeKerlegand opened the frame with a walk. With one out, Bo Thompson knocked a single to the gap in right field. DeKerlegand would score on a fielder's choice. Carolina answered in the top of the seventh. Costen led off with a double to left field and after a passed ball scored on Carson's sacrifice fly to right field.The Bulldogs responded though and crept to within a run in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring three times. With runners on second and third and one out, DeKerlegand laced a triple into the gap in left-center. On a play at third base, Joey Pankake's throw went low and past Chase Vergason and allowed for DeKerlegand to scamper home and make it a one-run contest.
The Gamecocks fought back in the top of the eighth. Kyle Martin struck with a pinch-hit double and after pinch runner Tanner English was sacrificed over to third base, he would score on Greiner's sacrifice fly to center field. Webb retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth and Pankake gave Carolina a pair of insurance runs with a two-run homer to left field in the ninth inning, his fifth home run of the season.
SCHROCK NAMED SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Schrock has raised his season average to .264 (32-for-121) with six doubles, two triples and two homers. He has 24 RBI as well, tied for second highest on the team. For the season, Schrock leads the Gamecocks with 10 multi-hit games.
WESTMORELAND EFFECTIVE IN RELIEF
He is 4-0 on the year with a 1.30 ERA and two saves in 12 relief appearances. He has 36 strikeouts to just four walks in 34.2 innings, opponents are hitting only .195 against him.
Celek is now hitting .333 (8-for-24) for the year with six runs and eight RBI. He also has seven walks and a hit by pitch to just four strikeouts.
HOLMES WITH THE ANSWER
He earned two wins this past week. In a predetermined split on Tuesday in the 9-5 win over Charleston Southern, he pitched 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with no walks and struck out two batters. He followed that up with five innings of relief allowing just two runs, one earned, on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts in the 19-2 win over Tennessee.
GREINER A CANDIDATE FOR THE JOHNNY BENCH AWARD
Greiner went 6-for-9 (.667) in two starts at Tennessee. He homered, tallied a career-high four hits and drove in a career-high four runs in the 19-2 win on Sunday. Greiner is up to .280 (26-for-93) in batting average with three homers and 22 RBI. He has also been stellar behind the plate with just six stolen bases allowed in 22 starts behind the plate. Greiner is Carolina's leading hitter in SEC games with a .333 average (12-for-36) in 10 starts.
The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 16, 2013. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 4, 2013. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 15th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 27, 2013.
WELCOME BACK JORDAN
ON BASE WITH CHASE
A BIT OF ENGLISH
Tyler Webb MAKES HIS MARK
He has pitched in relief in 83 of those appearances, with 66 relief appearances without allowing a run (79.5 percent). In career relief appearances he is 9-2 with 14 saves.
BELCHER BRINGS IT
Belcher pitched the first complete game shutout of his career in the 8-0 victory vs. Clemson. Belcher allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out seven batters in the win. Only one base runner reached third base the entire game for the Tigers. It is the first complete game shutout by a Gamecock pitcher since Sam Dyson on May 15, 2010 in a 5-0 win at Arkansas. Belcher's complete game shutout was also the first by a Gamecock pitcher in the Clemson series since May 4, 1986 when Rodney Richey hurled a four-hit complete game shutout in a 5-0 victory vs. the Tigers at Sarge Frye Field.
DANTZLER AT THE BAT
Dantzler is the Gamecocks' leading hitter with a .336 average (40-for-119) with 10 homers and 34 RBI. He has a .441 on-base percentage and a .672 slugging percentage.
Dantzler was named SEC Player of the Week after the Albany series when he went 9-for-13 (.692) at the plate with two doubles, two homers, six runs scored and 10 RBI. He had 17 total bases for the weekend with a .733 on-base percentage as well as a 1.308 slugging percentage. In an 8-3 win, Dantzler tallied a career-high four hits and career-high five RBI with a home run. He followed that up with a 2-for-4 game with three runs and four RBI in the 14-1 win and closed out the weekend 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the 6-4 victory.
Dantzler is the University of South Carolina's male nominee for the 2012-13 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
A BRIGHT SPOT
DANTE ADDS TO PLATE DEPTH
AT THE PLATE & ON THE FIELD
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