Baseball Opens Series At Mississippi State On Thursday
May 15, 2013
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (38-14, 16-10 SEC) is back on the road for a three-game SEC series with Mississippi State (38-15, 14-13 SEC) in the final weekend of the regular season. First pitch for the opener on Thursday is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Friday's contest is also scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the series finale on Sunday will begin at 3 p.m. All three games can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game."
South Carolina is in second place in the SEC Eastern Division and fourth place overall in the conference standings. This is the final regular season series before next week's SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.
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SOUTH CAROLINA PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
AT THE PLATE, IN THE FIELD & ON THE MOUND
On the mound, the Gamecocks 2.95 ERA is sixth best in the league. South Carolina has 410 strikeouts to 118 walks in 464. 0 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .249 against the staff.
South Carolina is fielding .973 as a team.
THE MSU SERIES
South Carolina won all three games last year in Columbia. Carolina opened with a 7-6 come-from-behind victory on Friday night that featured a key pinch-hit triple by Sean Sullivan, who eventually scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth. Carolina followed that up with wins of 5-3 and 6-4 to sweep the series.
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.
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 0.54 ERA in 24 appearances with a 2-1 record and 15 saves in 33.1 innings of work. He has 50 strikeouts to just seven walks, opponents hitting .176 against him. He has not allowed a run in 21 of 24 appearances this year. His 15 save total for this year is tied for fifth best in school history, six behind the school record of 21 set by Blake Taylor in 2002.
His 15 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 90 career appearances, with 71 relief appearances without allowing a run (78.8 percent). In career relief appearances he is 10-2 with 18 saves.
WYNKOOP FINDING HIS ZONE
Wynkoop earned the victory in the 8-3 win over Georgia. He worked five-plus innings and allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Wynkoop has won three consecutive starts and is now 7-2 with a 2.75 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched.
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 last week 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 fourth on the team in hitting for the season with a .299 average (49-for-164) with 32 RBI. His 10 doubles is also second highest on the squad.
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).
GREINER ALSO A CANDIDATE FOR THE JOHNNY BENCH AWARD
The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 16, 2013. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 4, 2013. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 15th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 27, 2013.
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 .278 (35-for-126) with 17 RBI and 22 runs scored.
BELCHER BRINGS IT
Pankake is second on the team in hitting with a .325 average (62-for-191) with 10 homers and 36 RBI. He ranks tied for fifth in home runs in the SEC and is also ninth in slugging percentage (.524). Pankake leads Carolina with 18 multi-hit games.
MONTGOMERY BOUNCES BACK
MAX IT OUT
Schrock had four hits this past week with three runs and three RBI. Schrock is hitting .283 (51-for-180) with 34 runs scored and 35 RBI. He has 33 walks to 19 strikeouts and leads the team with 14 stolen bases.
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 .270 average (50-for-185) with 35 runs scored and 25 RBI. He owns a .366 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.
Patrick picked up the win for South Carolina in the 4-3 victory over Presbyterian with 1.2 innings of relief allowing one run on one hit with no walks and three strikeouts. He is now 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 17 appearances with a save. Patrick has 22 strikeouts in 24.2 innings pitched.
Sean has seen action in 20 games and is hitting .333 (7-for-21) with seven runs and six RBI. Sean led off with a walk when the game was tied 2-2 vs. Presbyterian and eventually scored the winning run in the 4-3 victory.
SAIKO LEADS IT OFF
Saiko was 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored in the 4-3 win over Presbyterian.