Baseball Hosts Presbyterian Tuesday Night|
May 13, 2013
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (37-14) hosts Presbyterian (24-28) on Tuesday night in the final regular season home game of the season at Carolina Stadium. First pitch is 7 p.m. with the game televised live on Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Carolinas and available on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game."
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PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
A LOOK BACK
AT THE PLATE, IN THE FIELD & ON THE MOUND
On the mound, the Gamecocks 2.97 ERA is sixth best in the league. South Carolina has 403 strikeouts to 117 walks in 455. 0 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .249 against the staff.
South Carolina is fielding .972 as a team.
THE PC SERIES
The last meeting between the two schools was last year on February 28, 2012. Joey Pankake hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and four Gamecock pitchers combined to allow just one run on five hits as Carolina defeated Presbyterian 2-1.
Nolan Belcher earned his first win since May 11, 2010 with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed just one hit and struck out three batters.
DANTZLER A CANDIDATE FOR THE GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD
Dantzler continues to lead Carolina in hitting with a .337 average (59-for-175) with 12 homers and 45 RBI. He ranks third in the SEC in slugging percentage (.634), tied for third in homers, fourth in walks (33), fourth in total bases (33) sixth in on-base percentage (.449) and tied for sixth in doubles (14). He was 1-for-3 with a RBI and two runs in the 7-2 win on Friday vs. Georgia. He has reached base safely in 27 consecutive games.
DANTZLER SUCCEEDING OFF THE FIELD
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.
Baseball Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Dantzler has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team for District Four as announced by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) on May 1. Dantzler, South Carolina's male nominee for the SEC Boyd McWhorter Award, has compiled a 3.64 cumulative GPA in Sport & Entertainment Management.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
The Academic All-District® teams (listed above) are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored.
The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.
Tyler Webb MAKES HIS MARK
Webb has a phenomenal 0.56 ERA in 23 appearances with a 2-1 record and 14 saves in 32.1 innings of work. He has 48 strikeouts to just seven walks, opponents hitting .174 against him. He has not allowed a run in 20 of 23 appearances this year. His 14 save total for this year is sixth best in school history, seven behind the school record of 21 set by Blake Taylor in 2002. He is up to 101 career appearances; one short of the school record 102 set by Matt Price (2009-10-11-12). His 14 saves leads the SEC with eight of those coming in conference play, also the highest mark in league play.
He has pitched in relief in 89 career appearances, with 70 relief appearances without allowing a run (78.6 percent). In career relief appearances he is 10-2 with 17 saves.
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 was stellar in the four victories as he hit .615 (8-for-13) including five extra base hits (four doubles, one triple), four runs scored and four RBI. His on-base percentage for the week was .600 with a 1.077 slugging percentage. He was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, a RBI and two runs in the 7-2 win over Georgia. He followed that up with a 2-for-4 game with a run and a RBI in the 8-3 win on Sunday over the Bulldogs. Greiner is Carolina's leading hitter in SEC games with a .315 average (28-for-89). He is third on the team in hitting for the season with a .306 average (49-for-160) with 32 RBI. His 10 doubles is also second highest on the squad.
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).
A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLISH
English went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and two runs scored in the 8-3 win over Georgia. English is hitting .276 (34-for-123) with 17 RBI and 21 runs scored.
Pankake is second on the team in hitting with a .324 average (61-for-188) with 10 homers and 36 RBI. He ranks tied for fifth in home runs in the SEC and is also ninth in slugging percentage (.527). Pankake leads Carolina with 18 multi-hit games.
MAX IT OUT
Schrock had four hits this past week with three runs and three RBI. Schrock is hitting .277 (49-for-177) with 34 runs scored and 35 RBI. He has 32 walks to 19 strikeouts.
HOLMES WITH THE ANSWER
Holmes pitched three scoreless innings of relief with a strikeout in the 3-2 loss vs. Vanderbilt. He had three more innings of relief with just one run allowed, unearned in the 9-3 win over Wofford. He added two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in the 7-1 win over Georgia. Holmes lowered his ERA to 3.96 in 52.1 innings with 39 strikeouts.
WESTMORELAND EFFECTIVE IN RELIEF
Westmoreland is 6-1 on the year with a 1.57 ERA as well as three saves. In 21 relief appearances, he has pitched 51.2 innings and he has struck out 52 batters. His ERA ranks third best in the SEC with his opposing batting average of .212 the seventh best in the SEC.
ON BASE WITH CHASE
Vergason owns a .269 average (49-for-182) with 34 runs scored and 23 RBI. He owns a .368 on-base percentage. Vergason tied a career-high with three hits, scored a run and drove in one run also in the 9-3 win over Wofford on Wednesday night.
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.