April 19, 2012
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (27-11, 8-7 SEC) returns to conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Auburn (21-16, 7-8 SEC). First pitch for the opener on Friday night is 7 p.m. ET. Saturday's game is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised live on SportSouth. Sunday's series finale is at 2 p.m. ET. All three games can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College and at GamecocksOnline.com including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game." South Carolina is ranked No. 8 in this week's USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, No. 9 by Baseball America and No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball.
Television: Saturday/SportSouth. Dave Neal and Larry Conley will call the action. Live video available at AuburnTigers.com on Friday and Sunday.
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Last 5 Years: SC leads 13-4 Date Winner Score Site 4/13/07 AUB 16-1 Columbia 4/14/07 SC 10-1 Columbia 4/15/07 SC 18-4 Columbia 4/11/08 SC 7-6 Auburn 4/12/08 SC 8-6 Auburn 4/13/08 SC 7-6 Auburn 4/17/09 SC 8-3 Columbia 4/18/09 AUB 6-4 Columbia 4/19/09 SC 10-4 Columbia 3/26/10 SC 11-5 Auburn 3/27/10 SC 2-0 Auburn 3/28/10 AUB 10-6 Auburn 5/27/10 AUB 3-1 (12)Hoover 4/29/11 SC 2-1 Columbia 4/30/11 SC 10-2 Columbia 5/1/11 SC 7-3 Columbia 5/25/11 SC 7-3 Hoover
ROTH LEADS THE WAY ON THE FIELD
Roth's victory vs. Vanderbilt was his 20th career win, making him the 20th player in school history to tally 20 or more career victories.
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) 86 Matt Price (2009-present) 83 Michael Roth (2009-present)
GREINER EARNS SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
Greiner has reached base 11 consecutive games. He has raised his batting average to .230 (23-for-100) with four homers and 17 RBI.
MONTGOMERY CONTINUES TO SHINE
Montgomery earned SEC Freshman of the Week after his first career SEC start. He worked a career-high eight innings and limited Tennessee to just one run on three hits on the way to a 2-1 South Carolina victory over the Volunteers. Against a Tennessee team that was on an eight-game winning streak, Montgomery kept UT at bay with 12 batters retired at one point in the game. Montgomery did not walk a batter and tallied seven strikeouts.
WALKER PROVIDES A PUNCH
Walker was the top hitter for the Gamecocks in the Vanderbilt series as he hit .500 (6-for-12) with a .625 on-base percentage and a phenomenal 1.250 slugging percentage. Walker belted three homers in the series and drove in five runs with five runs scored as well. Walker tallied his first two-homer game of his career at South Carolina with three RBI and three runs scored in the 8-3 win on Friday vs. the Commodores. In Sunday's 6-4 win, he reached base five times including a game-winning two-run homer in the top of the 13th in the victory.
Walker also became the 25th player in South Carolina history to reach the 200 career hit total with his homer in the 8-3 win over Vanderbilt. He is now at 218 for his three-year career with the Garnet & Black, 17th best in school history.
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) 218 Christian Walker (2010-present) (17th)
MARZILLI PUTS ON A SHOW
Marzilli reached base in the first 31 games of the 2012 season but saw his streak snap in Sunday's 6-1 victory vs. the Volunteers.
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
English leads the Gamecocks with 14 multi-hit games. He is hitting .307 (42-for-137) with 24 runs scored. He was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI in the 5-3 victory over Mississippi State. He tied a season-high with three hits in the 8-0 win over The Citadel.
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.
IN A PINCH WITH SULLIVAN
LB LIGHTS IT UP
Dantzler tallied a walk-off RBI single in the 2-1 win on Saturday night vs. Tennessee. He hit his fifth homer of the year and finished with three RBI in the 6-4 win over Vanderbilt. He was 2-for-4 with a season-high three runs scored in the 6-4 win vs. Appalachian State. He also went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the 6-3 loss at Kentucky.
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.
HOLMES WITH THE ANSWER
BELCHER KEEPS CONTRIBUTING
Belcher had a productive week with a win and two saves in all three victories over Presbyterian and Clemson in late February/early March. Belcher earned his first win since May 11, 2010 with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief in the 2-1 win over Presbyterian. He allowed just one hit and struck out three batters. He followed that up with saves in both the 3-2 and 9-6 wins over Clemson.
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