April 25, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (31-11, 11-7 SEC) begins a three-game series at LSU (38-4, 15-3 SEC) on Friday night. First pitch for the opener is at 8 p.m. ET. Game two of the series is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The first two games will be televised on Cox Sports Television (please note, no affiliates in SC). First pitch for Sunday's series finale is 3 p.m. ET with the game televised live on ESPN. All three games are available on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game."
Television: Friday & Saturday - Cox Sports Television (Lyn Rollins, Ben McDonald, Ronnie Rantz); Sunday - ESPN (Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson)
Internet: Live Gametracker stats at GamecocksOnline.com. Additional coverage on Twitter @GamecockBasebll and Facebook/Gamecocksonline
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
A LOOK BACK
Grayson Greiner SELECTED TO USA BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
Training for the team will run from June 21-July 2 in Cary, N.C. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Team USA will travel to Japan from July 6-11 and are also scheduled to play Cuba from July 18-23 in various cites in the U.S.
Greiner has played in 36 games with 35 starts and is hitting .307 (39-for-127) with 19 runs scored, six doubles, three homers and 28 RBI. He has been phenomenal behind the plate allowing only 13 stolen bases against 20 attempts and has helped with a pitching staff that owns a 3.12 ERA. In addition, Greiner leads the Gamecocks in SEC play with a .339 average (20-for-59)
SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYERS & USA BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
Since 1978 USA Baseball has been the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of baseball. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and internationally as a member federation of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).
DANTZLER NAMED FINALIST FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Dantzler was South Carolina's 2012-13 male nominee for the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year. With a 3.641 GPA in sport and entertainment management, he has been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll and spent two semesters on the Dean's List. Dantzler has volunteered more than 50 hours at the Epworth Children's Home, working on various projects. He also helped organize a fundraising effort for the orphanage through an area restaurant, and has made speaking appearances for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
DANTZLER AT THE BAT
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.
Tyler Webb MAKES HIS MARK
He has pitched in relief in 85 of those appearances, with 68 relief appearances without allowing a run (80.0 percent). In career relief appearances he is 10-2 with 15 saves.
AT THE PLATE, IN THE FIELD & ON THE MOUND
South Carolina is hitting .291 (409-for-1405) as a team, fourth best in the league. The Gamecocks lead the SEC with 39 homers. Carolina is fielding .972 with 44 errors for the season. South Carolina's slugging percentage of .436 is third best in the SEC with on-base percentage of .386 fourth best in the conference also.
Jack Wynkoop NAMED SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
In only his third start vs. a SEC team, Wynkoop scattered nine hits and allowed just one run, unearned, while not walking a batter and striking out three. Wynkoop is 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 12 appearances.
He is the fourth Gamecock to be honored by the SEC.
Gamecock Honorees in 2013 by the Southeastern Conference
DOUBLE PLAY COMBO EXCELS
Pankake leads Carolina with 14 multi-hit games with freshman second baseman Max Schrock right behind him with 13 multi-hit games. Schrock also hit .500 for the weekend (5-for-10) with three runs scored and a pair of RBI. Schrock went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored in the 7-6 win over the Wildcats. Schrock is hitting .276 (40-for-145) with 31 runs scored and 30 RBI. He has seven doubles, two triples and four homers and leads the team with 12 stolen bases.
BELCHER BRINGS IT
He has a 1.70 ERA in 74.0 innings with 61 strikeouts and just five walks. Opponents are hitting only .218 against him. Belcher is second in the league in innings pitched (74.0), fifth in earned run average (1.70), sixth in strikeouts (61), tied for eighth in wins (6) and 11th in opposing batting average (.218).
WESTMORELAND EFFECTIVE IN RELIEF
He is hitting .304 (17-for-56) with 10 runs scored and 11 RBI. His on-base percentage is .435 as well.
GAMECOCKS IN THE RANKINGS
WELCOME BACK JORDAN
SAIKO LEADS IT OFF
A BRIGHT SPOT
ON BASE WITH CHASE
Vergason hit .400 (6-for-15) in the Tennessee series with four runs scored, a triple and a home run as well as four RBI. He went 2-for-5 with his first career triple, two runs and two RBI in the 19-2 win as well as 3-for-6 with a homer, a RBI and two runs in the 12-8 victory.
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