Thursday, April 24, 2014
Gamecocks End Regular Season At Miss St.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) -- South Carolina is back on the road for a three-game SEC series with Mississippi State 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 Saturday 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.
SOUTH CAROLINA PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Nolan Belcher (Sr. LHP) 7-5, 2.23 ERA, 93.0 IP, 10 BB, 79 SO
Jordan Montgomery (So. LHP) 4-1, 1.86 ERA, 48.1 IP, 14 BB, 34 SO
South Carolina is 32-2 when leading after six innings and 34-0 when leading after eight innings. The Gamecocks own a 28-4 record when out-hitting its opponent and 24-4 when scoring first in the contest. Carolina has allowed five runs or less in 43 of 52 games played this season (82.6 percent). The Gamecocks are 34-9 when allowing five runs or less. South Carolina is 19-11 in games decided by three runs or less.
AT THE PLATE, IN THE FIELD & ON THE MOUND
South Carolina is hitting .286 as a team (492-for-1720), fourth best in the league. The Gamecocks lead the SEC with 43 home runs, rank third in slugging percentage (.426) and fourth in on-base percentage (.377).
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 is 35-26 in all-time series history against Mississippi State with three consecutive series wins over the Bulldogs dating back to the 2010 season.
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.
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