Baseball Set To Face North Carolina In NCAA Super Regional

June 6, 2013


 South Carolina (42-18) vs. North Carolina (55-9)
Date/Time Saturday, June 8, 2013 | 12:05 p.m. ET
Sunday, June 9, 2013 | 1:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday (If Necessary), June 11, 2013 | 12:05 p.m. ET
Location Chapel Hill, N.C.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- South Carolina (42-18) is making its 11th appearance in the last 14 years in the NCAA Super Regional as the Gamecocks travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to face the No. 1 seed North Carolina (55-9) with the winner of the series advancing to Omaha and the 2013 College World Series.

The Gamecocks are one of four teams from the SEC to make the NCAA Super Regionals along with LSU, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. South Carolina has won consecutive national championships at the 2010 CWS and 2011 CWS with 11 College World Series appearances as well.

The super regional at Boshamer Stadium is set to begin on Friday, June 7 with first pitch at 1 p.m. and the game televised on ESPN2. Saturday's game is scheduled for Noon and will be televised on ESPN. The if necessary game for Sunday will start at 1 p.m. and be televised on ESPN. All three games can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College.

South Carolina is making its 11th NCAA Super Regional appearance in the last 14 years, one of only two schools in the country to have accomplished the feat in that span. Florida State has reached 12 super regionals in the last 14 years as well.

SOUTH CAROLINA & NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY
South Carolina and North Carolina will meet on the baseball diamond for the first time since the 2007 NCAA Super Regional in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Gamecocks won one of three games in that series as North Carolina advanced to Omaha and the College World Series. The last time the two teams met, South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook was working for the Tar Heels as associate head coach.

North Carolina leads the all-time series history 55-35-1, although the Gamecocks have had more success in recent history. The two schools have met several times in the postseason with South Carolina winning two of three games vs. North Carolina to win the 2002 NCAA Regional. South Carolina followed that up with two wins in the NCAA Super Regional at Sarge Frye Field to clinch a berth to the College World Series. The two schools also played twice in the 2004 NCAA Regional in Columbia with the Gamecocks winning both games also.

South Carolina is 8-4 all-time in postseason contests vs. North Carolina

SOUTH CAROLINA & THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is South Carolina's 29th overall appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The Gamecocks are one of nine teams from the SEC to make the 2013 NCAA Tournament. South Carolina's 14 consecutive trips to the NCAA Baseball Tournament is the longest current streak of the 14 SEC schools. Carolina is one of only five schools in the nation that has reached the NCAA Regional in the last 14 consecutive years.

NCAA STREAK
South Carolina is one of five teams that has appeared in the NCAA Regional every year from 2000-present. Teams that have also appeared in every year from 2000 are Cal State Fullerton, Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and Rice.

HOSTING REGIONALS
This marked the 15th time in school history that the Gamecocks hosted an NCAA Regional in baseball and the fourth consecutive year that South Carolina has hosted a regional at Carolina Stadium. Since the move to the Regional-Super Regional format in 1999, the Gamecocks have hosted a NCAA Regional nine times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

South Carolina is 56-8 (.875) in all-time history in NCAA Regional or NCAA Super Regional games at home in Columbia with a 14-0 (1.000) mark at Carolina Stadium.

SOME SUPERLATIVES
South Carolina is 36-3 when leading after six innings and 37-0 when leading after eight innings. The Gamecocks own a 30-5 record when out-hitting its opponent and 28-6 when scoring first in the contest. Carolina has allowed five runs or less in 50 of 60 games played this season (83.3 percent). The Gamecocks are 38-12 when allowing five runs or less. South Carolina is 21-14 in games decided by three runs or less.

AT THE PLATE, IN THE FIELD & ON THE MOUND
South Carolina is hitting .284 as a team (572-for-2011), fourth best in the SEC. The Gamecocks lead the SEC with 51 home runs, rank third in slugging percentage (.422) and fourth in on-base percentage (.374).

On the mound, the Gamecocks 3.01 ERA is fifth best in the league. South Carolina has 479 strikeouts to 139 walks in 535.1 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .253 against the staff.

South Carolina is fielding .973 as a team.

Tyler Webb MAKES HIS MARK
Senior left-hander Tyler Webb now owns the South Carolina career record for appearances with 108. He surpassed the previous mark of 102 set by Matt Price (2009-12). Webb recently earned third-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball.

Webb is among the nation's leaders with 17 saves including nine saves in SEC contests. He has not allowed a run in 25 of 30 relief appearances this year. Webb is 3-2 with a 1.36 ERA in 39.2 innings. He has 60 strikeouts to just 12 walks, opponents batting .205 against him.

He has pitched in relief in 96 career appearances, with 75 relief appearances without allowing a run (78.1 percent). In career relief appearances he is 11-3 with 20 saves.

SINGLE-SEASON RECORD AT SOUTH CAROLINA
Saves
21 - Blake Taylor (2002)
20 - Matt Price (2011)
20 - Chad Blackwell (2004)
19 - Lee Gronkiewicz (2001)
17 - Tyler Webb (2013)

In 17 postseason appearances, Webb is 3-0 with two saves and a 0.72 ERA in 25.0 innings pitched. He has allowed just two runs on 11 hits while striking out 25 batters

DANTZLER A CANDIDATE FOR THE GOLDEN SPIKES & DICK HOWSER AWARDS
South Carolina senior first baseman LB Dantzler is one of 60 players in the nation named to the 2013 Golden Spikes Award Watch List, as announced by USA Baseball on May 2, 2013. In addition, Dantzler is a semifinalist for the 2013 Dick Hawser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations and selected by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Dantzler is Carolina's leading hitter with a .322 average (66-for-205) with 15 homers and 51 RBI. He has scored 66 runs and has a.434 on-base percentage along with a .624 slugging percentage. Dantzler is tied for the lead in the SEC in home runs.

He went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI In the 6-4 win over Liberty to help the Gamecocks clinch the NCAA Regional.

MONTGOMERY BOUNCES BACK
Sophomore left-hander Jordan Montgomery earned NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team honors after pitching seven scoreless innings with just three hits allowed, no walks, and a career-high 11 strikeouts in the 19-3 win over Liberty.

For the season, he is 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 70.0 innings. Montgomery's 1.67 ERA ranks among the top 10 in the SEC. Opponents are hitting only .234 against him.

Montgomery is 3-0 in three career postseason starts. He has a 0.83 ERA in 21.2 career postseason innings, just two walks and 11 hits allowed and 23 strikeouts. Montgomery also defeated Clemson in the 2012 Columbia Regional and had a victory vs. Arkansas in the 2012 College World Series.

A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLISH
Sophomore center fielder Tanner English earned NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team honors. He had three runs scored, four RBI and five hits in three games. English hit his first career homer and tied a career-high with three RBI in the 19-3 win over Liberty. That victory also saw him make a diving catch in center field that earned him a spot on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 Plays on Saturday.

English provided a punch and was vital to South Carolina's success at LSU in late April with outstanding defense coupled with two triples and two runs scored in the series. English's RBI triple was the game-winning hit in the 4-2 win over LSU. He made 18 putouts and tallied an assist also in the weekend series vs. the Tigers.

English is hitting .272 (43-for-158) with 22 RBI and 27 runs scored.

BELCHER BRINGS IT
Senior left-handed pitcher Nolan Belcher had a quality start in a no-decision in the 7-3 win over Saint Louis on May 31 in game one of the NCAA Regional. Belcher allowed just one run on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Belcher is second in the SEC with 112.0 innings pitched as well fifth in strikeouts (94). He is 7-5 on the year with a 2.25 ERA with 94 strikeouts to just 15 walks.

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.

PANKAKE RISES
Sophomore shortstop Joey Pankake also received NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team honors. Pankake had three hits, drove in a run and scored four runs in the three games last week.

Pankake is among the team's leading hitters with a .312 average (70-for-224) with 38 runs scored and 39 RBI. Pankake ranks sixth in the SEC in home runs with 10, ranks 12th with a .491 slugging percentage. He is second on the team with 19 multi-hit games.

MAX IT OUT
Freshman second baseman Max Schrock has hit well in the last three weeks going 11-for-36 (.309) at the plate in the last nine games played. Schrock leads Carolina with 20 multi-hit games. He has reached base in 17 straight games.

He is hitting .282 (60-for-213) for the year with 38 runs and 39 RBI. His plate discipline has been solid as well as he owns 36 walks to just 22 strikeouts. Schrock leads the Gamecocks also with 14 stolen bases.

Schrock is familiar with the Triangle Area as he is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C. and attended Cardinal Gibbons HS in Raleigh, N.C.

WYNKOOP FINDING HIS ZONE
Freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop has found success on the mound this year and earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors as well as Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball.

For two straight weeks in the end of April, Wynkoop was named SEC Freshman of the Week. Wynkoop worked seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory at No. 2 LSU in the rubber game of a three-game series at Alex Box Stadium on ESPN. It marked the first series loss by the Tigers this year. Wynkoop never reached a 3-ball count in the entire stint and limited the Tigers, the second ranked offense in the league, to just five hits with no walks. Wynkoop combined with two other Gamecocks for the six-hit shutout.

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 2.92 ERA in 61.2 innings with 36 strikeouts to 11 walks.

GAMECOCK HONOREES BY THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
Week 2 - LB Dantzler (SEC Player of the Week)
Week 4 - Joey Pankake (SEC Player of the Week)
Week 8 - Max Schrock (SEC Freshman of the Week)
Week 10 - Jack Wynkoop (SEC Freshman of the Week)
Week 11 - Jack Wynkoop (SEC Freshman of the Week)

HOLMES WITH THE ANSWER
Senior right-hander Colby Holmes became the 21st pitcher in school history to record 20 or more wins with his victory at Tennessee on April 7, 2013. He recently won his 21st career game with 1.1 scoreless in the 6-4 win over Liberty in the NCAA Regional.

After opening the season in the weekend rotation, Holmes has found recent success out of the bullpen.

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 is 5-2 on the year and has lowered his ERA to 3.76 in 55.0 innings.

SAIKO
Junior outfielder Graham Saiko played well in the NCAA Regional and earned All-Tournament Team honors. Saiko went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and his second homer of the year in the 7-3 win over Saint Louis. He finished the Regional with five RBI.

Saiko is hitting .255 (48-for-188) with 35 runs and 28 RBI. He has 37 walks to 22 strikeouts at the plate. He is 11 of 14 in stolen base attempts.

WESTMORELAND EFFECTIVE IN RELIEF
Senior left-hander Adam Westmoreland earned a win in the 5-3 win at Mississippi State. He is tied with Nolan Belcher and Jack Wynkoop for the team lead in victories with seven on the year.

For the year, Westmoreland is 7-3 with a 2.10 ERA in 60.0 innings with 60 strikeouts to just 11 walks in 27 relief appearances.

ON BASE WITH CHASE
Senior infielder Chase Vergason is batting .260 for the season (57-for-219) with 38 runs and 25 RBI. He also owns a .355 on-base percentage. Vergason has been hit a team-high 11 times as well.

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.

BRISON
Junior designated hitter Brison Celek has put together a six-game hitting streak for the Gamecocks. As a designated hitter, Celek has recorded at least one hit in 20 of 24 starts. Celek went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the 5-4 loss at Mississippi State as well as 1-for-3 with a two-run single in the 5-3 loss vs. the Bulldogs at the SEC Tournament and a pair of hits in the 4-3 loss vs. Vanderbilt.

Celek is hitting .307 (27-for-88) in 24 starts with 12 runs scored and 18 RBI. He had a two-run pinch-hit single in the 19-3 win over Liberty in the NCAA Regional.

SULLY & SULLY
Two senior leaders on the South Carolina team are a pair of brothers, senior outfielder Sean Sullivan and senior right-handed pitcher Patrick Sullivan.

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 2.84 ERA in 19 appearances with a save. Patrick has 23 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched. He was South Carolina's representative on the SEC Community Service Team for baseball and the school's Brad Davis Male Community Service scholarship honoree.

Sean has seen action in 28 games and is hitting .312 (10-for-32) with eight 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.

DANTZLER NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR
LB Dantzler earned the prestigious Capital One Academic All-American of the Year award from the College Sports Information Directors of America, leading the way on the Academic All-America Division I baseball teams.

A member of the 2013 Golden Spikes Award Watch List, Dantzler was the school's male nominee for the 2012-13 H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, the highest honor given by the SEC. In the classroom, he has a 3.64 GPA in sport and entertainment management, and off the diamond he's volunteered over 50 hours at the Epworth Children's Home among his community service projects.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Dantzler is the eighth individual in South Carolina baseball history to earn Academic All-America status, this is the third-consecutive year that the Gamecocks have had a first-teamer, following Michael Roth's back-to-back selections. Dantzler is the only SEC baseball player honored on this year's teams.

Baseball Team's Academic Accomplishments- 2010-Present (listed in chronological order):

- In 2010, pitcher Jay Brown received the USC President's Award, the most prestigious award given to a Gamecock student-athlete.
- Winner of the team or individual NCAA Elite 89 award the last three seasons (given to top GPA at each NCAA Championship)
- In 2010, squad won the team award
- In 2011 pitcher Michael Roth won the individual award
- In 2012 infielder Erik Payne won the individual award
- Michael Roth 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Three First Team
- Michael Roth 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Four First Team
- Michael Roth 2011 and 2012 Capital One Academic All-America First Team
- In the fall of 2012, the team achieved their highest team GPA ever, at 3.201 In 2012 Michael Roth received the President's Award, the most prestigious award given to a Gamecock student-athlete
- Michael Roth was named the 2012 H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The most prestigious award given to a student-athlete by the Southeastern Conference
- Michael Roth 2012 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the sport of baseball
- LB Dantzler named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District First Team for District Four
- LB Dantzler named South Carolina's nominee for the 2013 H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete
- In May 2013, LB Dantzler was selected the Capital One NCAA Division I Baseball Academic All-American of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America
- This May (2013), four members of the current team received their Bachelor's degree.

DANTZLER FINALIST FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD
LB Dantzler is one of 10 NCAA baseball student-athletes selected as a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award ®. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website - seniorCLASSaward.com or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through June 10. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner, who will be announced during the 2013 College World Series in Omaha.

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.

GREINER SELECTED TO USA BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
South Carolina sophomore catcher Grayson Greiner has been invited to the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, it was announced on April 24. Greiner was also invited to last year's squad but was unable to participate due to his recovery from a knee injury.

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 Carolina's top hitter in SEC games with a .310 average (31-for-100) in 27 starts with three homers and 14 RBI. He earned second-team All-SEC honors.

For the season, he is hitting .304 (58-for-191) with four homers and 35 RBI. He has 10 doubles and has scored 32 runs.

Greiner was stellar in the four victories four weeks ago to close a homestand 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.