May 19, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (42-14, 18-12 SEC) will open the SEC Tournament on Wednesday, May 21 vs. the winner of Tuesday night's No. 5 Mississippi State-No. 12 Georgia game. The Gamecocks are seeded fourth for the second consecutive year at the SEC Tournament. Wednesday's game is the final game of the evening and will start 30 minutes following the conclusion of the third game of the day that starts at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game." It will also be televised on CSS and streamed online on ESPN3.
SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE SEC
SOUTH CAROLINA'S SEC HISTORY YEAR RECORD DIV. FINISH 1992 13-11 2nd 1993 15-10-1 2nd 1994 11-15 4th 1995 12-14 3rd 1996 13-17 5th 1997 13-17 4th 1998 19-10 2nd 1999 15-15 1st 2000 25-5 1st 2001 17-13 3rd 2002 21-8 1st 2003 19-11 1st 2004 17-13 2nd 2005 16-14 2nd 2006 15-15 4th 2007 17-13 2nd 2008 15-15 5th 2009 17-13 2nd 2010 21-9 2nd 2011 22-8 T1st 2012 18-11 1st 2013 17-12 2nd 2014 18-12 2nd Overall: 386-281-1 (.579)
A LOOK BACK
PANKAKE AT THE PLATE
Pankake is now batting .312 (62-for-199) for the year with a team-high 48 runs scored and a .402 on-base percentage with 27 walks to 19 strikeouts. Pankake hit .303 (36-for-119) in league games, second-best on the team with 18 RBI and 19 runs scored.
Greiner is hitting .333 (64-for-192) with 38 runs scored, a team-high 12 doubles and eight homers as well as 50 RBI, third highest in the SEC. He also has a team-best .406 on-base percentage and a .521 slugging mark. Greiner hit a team-best .327 (37-for-113) in league games with four homers and 24 RBI vs. SEC teams.
Greiner was named SEC Player of the Week on March 31 after his play in the Tennessee series. Greiner hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win over Tennessee His play along with Jordan Gore's walk-off homer was No. 1 on ESPN's SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day.
Greiner won the Tom Price award as the MVP for South Carolina in the weekend series vs. Clemson. Greiner hit .400 (4-for-10) for the weekend with four runs scored. His grand slam homer helped lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win. He had a team-high four walks on the weekend as well.
SEDDON SEALS IT
Seddon leads the league with 14 saves with nine of the 14 vs. SEC opponents. He is 2-1 with a 0.48 ERA. He has limited opponents to just three runs, two earned, on 20 hits in 37.1 innings with 46 strikeouts to nine walks. Opponents are batting .157 against him. He is 14-for-15 in save opportunities. Seddon sits alone at seventh place on the USC Single-Season Top 10 save list. He has been named to the NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List.
USC Single-Season Top 10 Save List
SOUTH CAROLINA BULLPEN
The numbers are very similar for SEC games with a 8-1 record along with nine saves and 1.01 ERA in 97.2 conference innings pitched. The relievers have given up 15 runs, 11 earned, on 70 hits with 92 strikeouts to 31 walks. Conference opponents are hitting .205 against the Gamecock relievers.
LOOKING CLOSER AT GAMECOCK RELIEVERS
MINCEY WITH AN APPEARANCE
MONTGOMERY GETS IT STARTED
Montgomery is 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 88.1 innings. He has struck out a team-high 85 batters and opponents are batting .243 against him. Montgomery ranks sixth in the SEC in strikeouts.
JACK OF ALL TRADES
AT THE PLATE, ON THE MOUND AND IN THE FIELD
The Gamecocks own a SEC-best 2.15 ERA in 506.0 innings with 436 strikeouts to 140 walks, opponents batting .223 against the squad. South Carolina is fielding .976 on the year, second-best in the SEC. South Carolina also owns a 2.80 ERA in SEC games, best in the league as well.
CROWE MAKES AN IMPACT
Crowe is 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA on the year in 82.2 innings. He has 55 strikeouts to 19 walks, opponents batting .239 against him.
Crowe was honored twice by the Southeastern Conference in the first two weeks of the regular season. On February 24, he earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after working 6.1 scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over Eastern Kentucky with just four hits allowed and one walk to pick up his second win of the season.
The first week, Crowe was SEC Pitcher of the Week. He had an impressive debut as he hurled 6.1 hitless innings in his first career start. Crowe walked just one and hit one batter while finishing with five strikeouts to earn his first career win in a Gamecock uniform. Bucknell had just one runner reach second base and none reach third base while Crowe was on the mound. Crowe retired 13 consecutive batters in a row before coming out of the game as he reached his pitch count total.
Cone had two of the biggest hits in the weekend series vs. Alabama. Cone reached base in all four plate appearances in a 9-3 win with three walks and a key three-run triple. He followed that up with two-out two-run single that would give the Gamecocks a lead they would not relinquish in Sunday's 9-3 win. Cone had a team-high five RBI and two runs scored vs. the Crimson Tide. Cone came through for the Gamecocks in both victories at Auburn two weeks ago. He belted a career-high three hits including a game-tying RBI double in the top of the ninth inning to help South Carolina rally for a 3-2 win at Auburn on Saturday. He then followed that up on Sunday going 1-for-3 with game-winning RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of South Carolina's 4-3 win at Auburn. Cone tied his career-high with three hits in Wednesday's 6-1 win over USC Upstate.
MAX IT OUT
Schrock returned vs. Wofford and also played in the Missouri series. He added three hits and a RBI in the 8-2 win over Missouri, tallied a RBI in the 3-1 win vs. the Tigers and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in the 2-1 series finale after leading off with a triple.
Schrock owns a .275 average (30-for-109) with a .459 slugging percentage.
Schrock had a flair for the dramatic in the Ole Miss series. Despite a sprained ankle, Schrock came on in a pinch-hit role and without taking batting practice before the game, launched a two-out two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the 9th to help the Gamecocks rally to a 5-4 10-inning win over the Rebels. The previous day, Schrock tied a career-high with four hits including a homer as well as two RBI and two runs scored in the 6-4 loss.
A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLISH
Harrington tallied a RBI single in the 2-1 win vs. Missouri and went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the 3-1 win the day before. Harrington set a career-high in the 15-1 win vs. Wofford with three RBI as well.
Martin owns a .335 average (74-for-221) with 33 runs scored, nine doubles, four homers and 32 RBI. Martin leads the Gamecocks with 22 multi-hit games.
A JOLT FROM JORDAN
Gore tallied his first career multi-RBI game going 3-for-4 with a RBI and a sacrifice in the 9-3 win on Sunday vs. Alabama. Gore came up with his second game-winning hit of his career with a RBI single in the ninth inning of South Carolina's 3-2 win over Auburn. Gore also had a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 14th in a 3-2 win over Tennessee.
Gore has a .313 on-base percentage on the year.
MOONEY IN THE MIDDLE
WIDENER SHOWS VERSATILITY
Scott is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA on the year. He has allowed just earned runs on 27 hits in 39.2 innings, opponents hitting .196 against him.
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