May 22, 2013
Hoover, Ala. - South Carolina begins SEC Tournament action on Wednesday night as the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will face No. 5 Mississippi State, who defeated Missouri 2-1 on Tuesday in 17 innings. The Gamecocks finished the regular season 39-16 and 17-12 in the SEC. The Gamecocks were second in the SEC Eastern Division and fourth overall. It will be the final game on Wednesday night, time still to be determined.
The game will be televised live on CSS as well as Time Warner Cable channel 506 in South Carolina. It will also be streamed on ESPN3, and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game."
South Carolina will start senior LHP Nolan Belcher on Wednesday night. Belcher enters with a 7-5 record and a 2.17 ERA in 99.1 innings pitched on the year.
SEC Win Totals in SEC games since 2000 1. South Carolina 257-160 2. LSU 244-171-3 3. Florida 241-177-2 4. Ole Miss 222-197 5. Alabama 213-205 6. Arkansas 209-203 Vanderbilt 209-203 8. Georgia 196-215-1 9. Auburn 191-229 10. Mississippi St. 188-222 11. Tennessee 167-245 12. Kentucky 159-256-2 13. Texas A&M 13-16 14. Missouri 10-20note - only conference games, does not include SEC Tournament or NCAA postseason games. Texas A&M and Missouri joined the SEC after the 2012 season.
AT THE PLATE, IN THE FIELD & ON THE MOUND
On the mound, the Gamecocks 3.03 ERA is fifth best in the league. South Carolina has 427 strikeouts to 128 walks in 490. 0 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .253 against the staff.
South Carolina is fielding .972 as a team
DANTZLER A CANDIDATE FOR THE GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD
Senior first baseman LB Dantzler continues to lead Carolina in hitting with a .333 average (62-for-186) with 14 homers and 47 RBI. He ranks tied for second in the SEC in homers (14), third in slugging percentage (.645), fourth in total bases (120), tied for fifth in walks (35), tied for sixth in RBI (47), eighth in on-base percentage (.445) and tied for ninth in doubles (14). Dantzler homered twice in Saturday's 7-2 loss vs. Mississippi State. He was also 1-for-3 and scored a run in the 5-3 win vs. the Bulldogs on Friday night.
DANTZLER 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.
Baseball Senior CLASS Award Finalists Mark Appel, Stanford Shane Basen, Charlotte Chase Brookshire, Belmont Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist LB Dantzler, South Carolina Carlos Lopez, Cal State Fullerton Alex Mendez, South Florida Raph Rhymes, LSU Chris Rowley, Army Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech
DANTZLER NAMED TO CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
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 leads the SEC with 16 saves including nine saves in conference contests. He has not allowed a run in 22 of 26 relief appearances this year. Webb is 2-2 with a 1.27 ERA in 35.1 innings. He has 51 strikeouts to just nine walks, opponents batting .194 against him.
He has pitched in relief in 92 career appearances, with 72 relief appearances without allowing a run (78.2 percent). In career relief appearances he is 10-3 with 19 saves.
SINGLE-SEASON RECORD AT SOUTH CAROLINA Saves 21 Blake Taylor 2002 20 Matt Price 2011 20 Chad Blackwell 2004 19 Lee Gronkiewicz 2001 16 Tyler Webb 2013
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 hit a game-winning two-run homer in the 10th inning of South Carolina's 5-3 win over Mississippi State on Friday night. Greiner was Carolina's top hitter in SEC games with a .310 average (31-for-100) in 27 starts with three homers and 14 RBI. HE is hitting .297 (52-for-175) for the season with four homers and 34 RBI. He has 10 doubles, second highest on the team, and has scored 26 runs.
Greiner was stellar in the four victories two weeks ago 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.
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).
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 is 7-3 on the year with a 2.81 ERA in 57.2 innings with 33 strikeouts to 10 walks.
GAMECOCK HONOREES BY THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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 .265 (36-for-136) with 18 RBI and 23 runs scored.
BELCHER BRINGS IT
Belcher pitched the first complete game shutout of his career in the 8-0 victory vs. Clemson. Belcher allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out seven batters in the win. Only one base runner reached third base the entire game for the Tigers. It is the first complete game shutout by a Gamecock pitcher since Sam Dyson on May 15, 2010 in a 5-0 win at Arkansas. Belcher's complete game shutout was also the first by a Gamecock pitcher in the Clemson series since May 4, 1986 when Rodney Richey hurled a four-hit complete game shutout in a 5-0 victory vs. the Tigers at Sarge Frye Field.
MONTGOMERY BOUNCES BACK
Montgomery improved to 4-1 with a victory in the 7-1 win over Georgia. Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and allowed just one run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
MAX IT OUT
Schrock is tied with Pankake for the team lead with 18 multi-hit games. He is hitting .283 (54-for-191) for the year with 35 runs and 35 RBI.
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.
SAIKO LEADS IT OFF
Saiko is hitting .256 (44-for-172) with 32 runs and 23 RBI. He has 35 walks to 18 strikeouts at the plate. He has reached base in 12 consecutive games and is 11 of 14 in stolen base attempts.
WESTMORELAND EFFECTIVE IN RELIEF
For the year, Westmoreland is 7-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 54.1 innings with 55 strikeouts to just 10 walks in 23 relief appearances.
ON BASE WITH CHASE
Vergason had a hit in each game of the Mississippi State series including a run scored in the 5-4 loss on Thursday. He was also 1-for-3 with a run scored, a double and two RBI in the 4-3 win over Presbyterian.
Vergason is batting .268 for the season (53-for-198) with 36 runs and 25 RBI. He also owns a .359 on-base percentage.
Vergason tied a school record held by many with two sacrifice flies in the 4-0 win at LSU. Last player to accomplish the feat was Jake Williams on June 5, 2011 vs. Stetson. Vergason also scored two runs this week and tripled in the 4-0 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 23 games and is hitting .333 (8-for-24) 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.
Beal is 2-1 with a 4.78 ERA on the year in 13 games with 32.0 innings pitched. He has 36 strikeouts to 16 walks, opponents batting .254 against him.
Beal was stellar in a start at Missouri. Beal allowed just one run on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work with one walk and a career-high 10 strikeouts in the 4-1 win over Missouri. Beal's 10 strikeouts are also the most by a Gamecock pitcher this season.
BRITT SHOWS VERSATILITY
Britt is 2-0 with a save in 11 games.
SEDDON SETTLES IN
Seddon is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA on the year. He has 20 strikeouts in 18.0 innings pitched.
MAJOR LEAGUE GAMECOCKS
Michael Roth (2009-12) became the 46th player in school history to play in a Major League game with his appearance and a win for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 13. He is currently in Double-A with Arkansas. Jackie Bradley Jr. (2009-11) made his debut Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox, he is currently in Triple-A with Pawtucket. Two more Gamecocks are on 40-man rosters for their respective teams. James Darnell (2006-08) is in Triple-A with the San Diego Padres and Sam Dyson (2008-10) is in Double-A Jacksonville with the Miami Marlins.
Many Gamecocks were in the mix to help Carolina to a series victory vs. Clemson. Nine different Gamecock position players had at least one RBI over the weekend. Dantzler, Saiko, Schrock, Grayson Greiner, Chase Vergason and Connor Bright all had two RBI over the weekend.
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