South Carolina Heads To Spartanburg For Wednesday Night Contest With Wofford
May 6, 2008
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (33-15) heads to the Upstate on Wednesday night for a non-conference game vs. Wofford (21-28) on Wednesday evening at Russell C. King Field. First pitch is set for 7 pm with the game available on 107.5 FM and at gamecocksonline.com.
This Year's Game
A LOOK BACK AT SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA SERIES
South Carolina now leads the series history 34-23 vs. the Gators. That includes series victories eight of the last nine seasons (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008).
NUMBERS TELL A STORY
TRACKING SMOAK IN THE SEC Home Runs 19 2nd On-Base Pct. .519 2nd Slugging Pct. .808 2nd Total Bases 147 2nd Walks 44 2nd Batting Average .401 3rd Runs Batted In 55 3rd Doubles 17 T4th Hits 73 5th Runs Scored 48 11th
Smoak reached base nine times in the weekend vs. Florida including a 5-for-10 performance at the plate. He hit a Key two-run homer in Sunday's 9-6 win to tie the game in the fifth inning. His home run total for the year is 19 and that puts him at 58 for his career, tying him for ninth on the USC All-Time Career List. He also moved into 10th on the USC All-Time career list for hits with 229 in his career and a tie for fifth on the career list in doubles (51).
Twice this season, Smoak has tied a school record with three home runs in one game. He accomplished the feat in a 10-1 win over Wofford on April 23 as well as on April 14 in a 14-4 victory over USC Upstate.
Four times this season, the Gamecocks have tied the single-game school record for home runs in a game. Both James Darnell and Justin Smoak have each put together a pair of three-homer games this year. Smoak tied two single-game school records with three homers and nine RBI as South Carolina defeated USC Upstate 14-4 on April 15 at Sarge Frye Field. Smoak finished 3-for-5 on the evening, as he became the 12th player in school history to record three homers in one game. His RBI total of nine marked only the fifth time in school history that the feat had been achieved and the first time since April 23, 1997 when Ryan Bordenick drove in nine runs vs. Clemson.
Smoak currently owns the school record in home runs with 57 in the Garnet & Black. He is also is seventh in school history with 50 career doubles (school record 67-Mac White) and is fourth in school history with 186 career RBIs (school record 198 - Mac White).
TRACKING SMOAK HOME RUN CAREER TOP 10 LIST 58 Justin Smoak (2006-07-08) 48 Hank Small (1972-73-74-75) 47 Garrett Carter (1985-86-87-88) 45 Jeff Parnell (1990-91-92-93) 44 Landon Powell (2001-02-03-04) 43 Chris Boyle (1981-82-83-84) 42 Steve Pearce (2004-05) 41 Tripp Kelly (1998-99-2000-01) 41 Charlie Aldrich (1985-86-87) 39 Phil Disher (2005-06-07-08)
AT THE PLATE, ON THE MOUND & IN THE FIELD
THE HOME RUN
THE CISCO KID
HANGIN' WITH MR. COOPER
Cooper SEC Pitcher of the Week following his complete game six-hitter in a 4-1 victory over Ole Miss. The complete game victory was the first of Cooper's career and the first by a Gamecock pitcher this season. It also was the first complete game win by a Gamecock pitcher since Wynn Pelzer's CG in a win over Evansville to capture the 2006 NCAA Regional in Charlottesville, Va. Cooper allowed just one run on six hits while striking out two and walking two to pick up the victory.
THE WILL TO WIN
WHAT A CROWD
The Gamecocks set a school record for total attendance last year with 159,545 as a total in 2007 that averaged 4,985 fans per game. It is "Extra Innings" at Sarge Frye Field as the Gamecocks prepare to move into a new baseball stadium in the beginning of the 2009.
A STRONG DISH IN THE CLUTCH
He put together his second career multi-homer game in the 8-6 win over Auburn. His two-run homer in that game helped Carolina rally to the victory. Disher went 5-for-12 in the series with three doubles, two homers and four RBI.
Nine of his 16 homers have come in SEC games, that is tied for second highest in the SEC. Disher was big in the Kentucky series going 5-for-12 with a home run and team-high seven RBI in the series to earn SEC Player of the Week honors. Disher's home run came in Saturday's victory over Kentucky and was his 30th career homer in a Gamecock uniform. The senior came up in the clutch again for Carolina on Sunday with a pair of RBI singles including the game-winning hit in the eighth inning.
DARNELL DRIVES THEM IN
For the third time this season, James Darnell recorded a multi-homer game as he hit a pair of home runs and tallied five RBI in a 7-1 win over Clemson. Earlier this year, Darnell twice tied a USC single-game record for home runs in a game with three in a win vs. Kentucky (3-29) and in a win vs. College of Charleston (3-18).
The three vs. Kentucky marked the 12th time in school history that a Gamecock player has hit three homers in one game and the first time ever that one player has done it twice. All three homers were two-run shots as he set a career-high with six RBI in the contest. That helped Darnell earned National Player of the Week from Collegiate Baseball.
HAVENS AT THE FRONT OF THE LINE
Havens earned SEC Player of the Week honors following his performance on opening weekend vs. East Carolina. Havens was 7-for-14 (.500) for the series with a pair of homers, six RBI and seven runs scored. His five hits in the season opener tied his career-high and he set a career-high as well with five RBI in the 22-5 win over the Pirates.
Todd was also productive out of the bullpen two weeks ago with a pair of saves and a win in five games. Todd earned his first save of the week on Tuesday vs. Western Carolina. He worked 1.1 innings and struck out two to finish the game. "BT" would then pick up a win on Friday night with two innings of work, allowing one run on three hits in the 7-6 victory over Auburn. Todd was summoned for the final two outs in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Tigers.
THOMAS MAKES AN APPEARANCE
Parker Bangs ENTERS THE MIX
Bangs earned his third win of the year out of the bullpen with a win on Tuesday vs. Furman. He had his biggest week as a member of the Carolina baseball team in Auburn when he made two key relief appearances in a pair of wins vs. Auburn this weekend and picked up his first career save on Saturday. His first relief appearance on Friday night saw him go one inning scoreless with two strikeouts.
He then helped out with both the arm and the bat on Saturday as he got his second career start at designated hitter. Bangs went 2-for-4 with his first career homer in the 8-6 win. He then worked the final two innings of the game to pick up the save. Bangs also started at DH on Sunday and recorded a hit.
GODWIN IS GOOD
Godwin defeated Clemson twice this year and owns a 5-2 record with a 2.48 ERA. He has 61 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched with opponents only batting .198 against him.
Sam Dyson STEPS UP
ENDERS CONTINUES TO CONTRIBUTE
The sophomore from Riverside HS came up big in the clutch for the Gamecocks in a 7-6 rally over East Carolina as his two-run single with the bases loaded and one out gave Carolina a one-run victory and clinched the series.
MERRIFIELD SHOWS SOME POWER AND SOME SACRIFICE
ON BASE WITH WINGO
Wingo reached base 11 times in a weekend series vs. Duquesne with a single, five walks and five hit by pitches. He also tied a school record earlier in the year when he was hit by pitch three times in one game.
Wingo hit his first career home run in the 11-5 win vs. Yale. He also was hit by a pitch for the 11th time in the season, tying him for the USC freshman record previously set by Mac White (11).