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April 14, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina went 2-2 last week with a 9-2 win at Furman and one win in three games in this weekend's series vs. Florida. The Gamecocks are 28-7 and 8-7 in the SEC. South Carolina is one game behind Florida for first in the Eastern Division as well as two games behind Alabama in the overall race.

Record: 28-7
SEC: 8-7
Home: 23-3
Neutral: 1-0
Away: 4-4

Last Week: 2-2
4/8/14 - at Furman (W, 9-2)
4/11/14 - Florida (W, 4-1)
4/12/14 - Florida (L, 4-3 (13))
4/13/14 - Florida (L, 6-5)

Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery is now 5-2 on the year after earning a win in Friday's 4-1 victory over Florida. Montgomery allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings with a walk and eight strikeouts. The Gamecock southpaw is 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts. He has struck out 55 batters in 51.2 innings with 50 hits allowed.

Junior first baseman Kyle Martin had a productive week at the plate. He leads the team with a .338 average (46-for-136) with 26 runs scored and 20 RBI. He owns a .400 on-base percentage and a .471 slugging percentage. Martin homered and a tied a career-high with four RBI in the 9-2 win vs. Furman. He also went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the 4-1 win vs. the Gators. He was also 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a double in the 6-5 loss vs. the Gators on Sunday. Martin is hitting .317 (20-for-63) in SEC contests. He leads the Gamecocks with 15 multi-hit games as well.

Junior right-hander Joel Seddon picked up his ninth save of the year with two scoreless innings in the 4-1 victory over Florida. Seddon worked a career-high five innings in Saturday's 4-3 loss in 13 innings vs. the Gators. He allowed two runs, one earned, the first two runs he has allowed all season. Seddon is 1-1 on the year with a 0.38 ERA in 24.0 innings pitched with 32 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .104 against him.


Junior catcher Grayson Greiner is on the midseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List that was released last Thursday. Greiner is hitting .322 (37-for-115) for the season with 24 runs scored and 33 RBI. He had a two-run single in the 4-1 win over Florida. Greiner leads the Gamecocks with nine multi-RBI games. He also has a team-high 13 RBI in SEC contests.

Despite a no-decision on Saturday, sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop put together a quality start. He allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Wynkoop is 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 54.0 innings pitched with 44 strikeouts to eight walks. Opponents own a .248 average against him.

Sophomore shortstop Marcus Mooney is on a five-game hitting streak and is up to a .291 average (37-for-127) at the plate. He has scored 15 runs and driven in 15 runs as well. Mooney has seven doubles, second highest on the team.

Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe worked 7.1 innings in Sunday's 6-5 loss and allowed five runs, two earned, on 10 hits with a walk and four strikeouts. He is 6-2 on the year with a 2.13 ERA in a team-high 55.0 innings pitched.

Junior outfielder Patrick Harrington made his first start of the year in Sunday's 6-5 loss. Harrington walked twice and drove in a run as he started in left field for the Gamecocks.

Junior left-hander Vince Fiori pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-5 loss vs. Florida. He allowed just one hit in 1.2 innings with a strikeout. Fiori has a 0.00 ERA in 16.0 innings pitched with 15 strikeouts to five walks. Opponents own a .186 average against him.

Freshman infielder Jordan Gore hit his second homer of the year in Sunday's loss. Two of Gore's four hits this year have been homers.

Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener improved to 2-0 with a win last Tuesday vs. Furman. Widener pitched 4.2 scoreless innings with a season-high four strikeouts. In addition, Widener was the starting designated hitter on Sunday vs. Florida and had a RBI single and scored a run in the 6-5 loss. Widener has a 0.42 ERA in 21.1 innings with 17 strikeouts and opponents hitting .160 against him.

Junior infielder Joey Pankake is hitting .325 (41-for-126) with a team-high 35 runs scored. Pankake's on-base percentage is a team-best .409 with a .444 slugging mark.

The Gamecocks played three consecutive error-less games vs. Furman and in the first two contests vs. the Gators. Carolina is fielding .976 for the season. South Carolina turned nine double plays in last week's four games.

South Carolina is hitting .287 (347-for-1211) with a .359 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks have a 1.82 ERA in 321.0 innings. Opponents are batting .212 against the staff.

South Carolina is 13-0 on the year when scoring six runs or more and 26-3 when allowing five runs or less. In addition the Gamecocks are 25-3 when outhitting the opponent and 21-3 when scoring first. South Carolina is 21-1 when leading after six innings and 7-6 on the year when trailing or tied. South Carolina is 13-5 in games decided by three runs or less 5-3 in games decided by one run.

4/15 - vs. Charleston Southern (7 p.m.)
4/16 - at The Citadel (7 p.m.)
4/18 - at Auburn (7 p.m.)
4/19 - at Auburn (5 p.m.) (CBS Sports Network)
4/20 - at Auburn (2 p.m.) (CSS)


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