South Carolina Baseball Notebook
April 23, 2012
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina swept Auburn in a weekend series on the road. The Gamecocks are now 30-11 and 11-7 in the SEC. South Carolina is currently tied for second place in the Eastern Division and tied for third overall with 18 games played in the league. The Gamecocks have won four consecutive weekend series in the league as well as eight straight conference games. South Carolina is also 12-4 in the last 16 games played. The weekend sweep of Auburn marked the 13th straight series victory for the Gamecocks over the Auburn Tigers.
Last Week: 3-1
Senior left-hander Michael Roth improved to 4-0 with a victory in Friday night's 12-5 win over Auburn. Roth allowed four runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts The eight strikeouts marked the most for Roth this season against a SEC team and the second highest strikeout total for him on the year. Roth has a 2.84 ERA in 66.2 innings pitched with 16 walks to 57 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .194 against him.
Junior third baseman LB Dantzler had a clutch bat in the Auburn series as he went 5-for-13 (.385) with five runs scored, two homers and four RBI. His slugging percentage was .923. Dantzler belted a two-run homer in the 5-3 win on Saturday. He added three hits, three runs scored a RBI double and a homer in the 11-7 win over the Tigers on Sunday. Dantzler raised his average to .250 and he is tied for the team lead in home runs with seven along with Christian Walker. Dantzler has 35 RBI as well and is fielding .981 with just two errors on the hot corner at third base.
Freshman left-hander Jordan Montgomery won his first SEC road start and improved to 4-0 with his third victory in league play in the 5-3 win on Saturday. He allowed two runs on six hits in 5.1 innings with one walk and one strikeout. Montgomery has a 2.59 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched with five walks to 32 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .220 against him.
Freshman outfielder Tanner English was also 5-for-13 (.385) in the Auburn series. He scored three runs and drove in a pair of runs. English had a season-high four hits in the 11-7 win on Sunday as well as two stolen bases. English is batting .313 (47-for-150) on the year with 27 runs scored and 13 RBI. He leads the Gamecocks with 15 multi-hit games. English also leads the team in SEC games with a .313 average vs. league opponents (20-for-64).
Junior right-hander Colby Holmes is now 6-0 on the year after earning the win in Sunday's victory over Auburn. Holmes allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings. He matched his career-high with seven strikeouts as well. Holmes has a 3.29 ERA in 52.0 innings pitched with 12 walks and 44 strikeouts. He has won three consecutive starts with victories also over Tennessee and MSU in that span.
Junior third baseman Christian Walker tallied three hits including a two-run triple in the 5-3 victory over Auburn on Saturday. Walker leads the Gamecocks with a .336 average, is tied with Dantzler with seven homers and he owns a team-high 40 RBI. Walker also has an impressive .455 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage that is among the conference leaders.
Junior right-hander Matt Price made a pair of appearances over the weekend vs. Auburn and is now tied with Rob Mosser (1990-93) for the all-time school record with 88 career appearances. Price allowed just one run on one hit in two innings of work to earn a save in the 5-3 win on Saturday. He would come in to get the final two outs of Sunday's 11-7 win with a pair of strikeouts as well. Price is 3-3 with four saves and a 2.96 ERA. He had 57 strikeouts in 48.2 innings with opponents batting just .162 against him. All four of Price's saves have come in league play.
Freshman catcher Grayson Greiner reached base six times vs. Auburn over the weekend with four hits and two walks. He also drove in three runs and scored four times. Greiner went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in the 12-5 win on Friday. Greiner is hitting .243 (27-for-111) with four homers, eight doubles and 20 RBI. Greiner has a .377 on-base percentage as he has walked 23 ties as well.
Junior left-hander Tyler Webb had two appearances in the Auburn series and now has 23 for the season. He owns a 1.76 ERA, a 3-0 record and has tallied two saves. Webb has 34 strikeouts in 30.2 innings with opponents batting .184 against him.
Freshman infielder Connor Bright was the starting designated hitter on Friday and he had a productive evening with a 3-for-4 day, two runs and three RBI. The three hits and three RBI were season-highs. Bright also had two hits vs. the College of Charleston. Bright is batting .275 (14-for-51) with eight runs scored and eight RBI in 13 starts.
Freshman right-hander Evan Beal worked three-plus innings of solid relief in the 11-7 win on Sunday. Beal allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Beal tied a season-high with four scoreless innings of relief in Tuesday's loss to the College of Charleston. He allowed just one hit to the Cougars and struck out three batters. For the year, Beal is 2-3 with a 4.23 ERA and five saves. Beal has 36 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. Opponents are hitting just .177 against him.
Sophomore Erik Payne got the start at designated hitter on Sunday and he was key in the 11-7 win with a three-run homer as well as a sacrifice fly. The four RBI for Payne was a career-high. Payne is hitting .292 (21-for-72) with seven runs scored, three homers and 15 RBI.
Junior second baseman Chase Vergason kept finding his way on base in the Auburn series. Vergason was 3-for-10 (.300) with three walks and a hit by pitch for a .500 on-base percentage vs. the Tigers. He also scored three runs. Vergason has a .429 on-base percentage with 12 walks, six hit by pitches for the season. His on-base percentage in conference play is .500. Vergason is hitting .280 in league games as well.
Junior outfielder Evan Marzilli reached base in all three games vs. the Tigers and has reached base in 40 of 41 games this year. Marzilli was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI in the 12-5 win over Auburn. He scored at least one run in all three games over the weekend. Marzilli is batting .296 (48-for-162) for the year with 35 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, a homer, and 18 RBI.
Freshman shortstop Joey Pankake had a two-run single in the 12-5 win over Auburn. He also scored two runs in the 11-7 win on Sunday. Pankake is batting .293 (39-for-133) with 28 runs scored and 11 RBI.
The Gamecocks are hitting .276 (381-for-1379) as a team with 67 doubles, 10 triples and 28 homers. Carolina has a .366 on-base percentage and a .400 slugging percentage. The pitching staff has a 3.15 team ERA in 371.2 innings with 118 walks to 363 strikeouts. Opponents are batting just .210 against the staff.