Gamecocks Host College Of Charleston Today


By Sports Department

Columbia, S.C. (USC SID) -- South Carolina (27-10) returns home on Tuesday, April 16 hosting College of Charleston (20-15). First pitch is set for 7 p.m. with the game televised live on SportSouth and available on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game." It can also be heard at on the All Access Channel.

South Carolina - Forrest Koumas (Jr. RHP) 0-0, 6.39 ERA, 12.2 IP, 10 BB, 12 SO
CofC - Player Loving (Fr. LHP) 1-1, 4.85 ERA, 13.0 IP, 9 BB, 16 SO

College of Charleston head coach Monte Lee served as assistant coach on former Gamecock head coach Ray Tanner's staff at South Carolina from 2003-08.

South Carolina won one of our games last week with a 6-5 win at The Citadel. The Gamecocks were swept on the road at Florida. The Gamecocks are 27-10 on the year with an 8-7 record in the SEC. At the midway point in league play, South Carolina is tied for second in the SEC East and tied for fourth place overall in the conference.

The Gamecock pitching staff currently owns a 3.16 ERA in 328.0 innings pitched. Carolina has allowed 140 runs, 115 earned, on 303 hits with 95 walks to 305 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .243 against the squad.

South Carolina is hitting .284 (347-for-1223) as a team. The Gamecocks lead the SEC with 32 homers. Carolina is fielding .974 with 36 errors for the season. South Carolina's slugging percentage of .420 is third best in the SEC with on-base percentage of .384 fourth best in the conference also.

Colby Holmes worked 7.1 innings and allowed just one run on four hits with a season-high eight strikeouts and South Carolina scored twice in the first inning on the way to a 3-1 win over College of Charleston on March 26 at Patriots Point.

College of Charleston starting pitcher Nathan Helvey lasted only 2.2 innings and suffered the loss. He is now 2-2 for the season. He allowed two runs on six hits with no walks or strikeouts.

Carolina wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. With one out and Chase Vergason on first base, the Gamecocks executed the hit and run as Joey Pankake knocked a base hit through the right side putting runners on the corners. The Gamecocks then kept attacking as LB Dantzler jumped on the first pitch from Helvey for a double to right field scoring Vergason, South Carolina would go ahead 2-0 on a Grayson Greiner RBI groundout to the third baseman.

College of Charleston cut Carolina's lead to one run in the bottom of the third inning. Morgan Phillips drew a leadoff walk. With two outs and Phillips on second base, Tyler Jackson laced a first pitch from Holmes to the gap in right-center for a double and the Cougars' first run of the game.

The Gamecocks manufactured a run in the top of the sixth inning to go ahead 3-1. College of Charleston reliever Drew Freie entered and struggled with his control early as he hit both Max Schrock and Connor Bright to open the frame. The two hit by pitches were the first two of the season for Freie. After a sac bunt by Erik Payne moved up both runners, Dante Rosenberg drove in Schrock with a sac fly to right field.

South Carolina had eight hits with College of Charleston tallying four for the contest. Pankake went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He has reached base safely in 17 consecutive games. Dantzler added two hits, both doubles and a RBI.
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