USC Hits Road, Takes On Furman Tuesday
COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — South Carolina (25-16) travels to Greenville, S.C. for non-conference action with Furman (18-20) at Fluor Field on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”
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South Carolina at Furman
April 21 – 7 p.m.
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PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
South Carolina – Reed Scott (So. RHP) 1-1, 2.51 ERA, 32.1 IP, 16 BB, 23 SO
Furman – Matt Quarles (So. RHP) 3-1, 6.15 ERA, 26.1 IP, 12 BB, 25 SO
DID YOU KNOW??
South Carolina is 10-3 in all-time games played at Fluor Field
A LOOK BACK
South Carolina went 2-2 last week including two wins to take the series vs. fourth ranked Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks are 25-16 with an 8-10 conference mark. The Gamecocks are tied for fifth in the SEC Eastern Division and tied for eighth in the league overall.
K-MART NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LIST
Senior first baseman Kyle Martin is one of 60 players in the country to be named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List.
Senior first baseman Kyle Martin leads the Gamecocks in all three Triple Crown categories with a .361 average (53-for-147), eight homers and 40 RBI. Martin also has a .456 on-base percentage and a .619 slugging mark. He has scored 34 runs as well. Martin ranks fifth in the SEC in RBI, tied for sixth in home runs, seventh in total bases and slugging percentage, ninth in on -base percentage and 10th in batting average. Martin’s league numbers are strong as well with a .415 average (27-for-65), .512 on-base percentage and .769 slugging percentage in 18 league games. Martin leads the SEC in conference games in slugging percentage and is second in both batting average and on-base percentage. Five of his eight homers have come in SEC play with 15 runs and 19 RBI as well. He is second in SEC games in homers and tied for third in RBI. Martin’s 50 total bases in league games also leads the conference. Martin hit .583 (7-for-12) in the Florida series with a pair of homers and four RBI. In Saturday’s loss at Florida, Martin became the first Gamecock since Brendan Winn on February 14, 2004 to hit for the cycle. It marked only the seventh time in school history that a Gamecock had hit for the cycle and the second time it has happened vs. a SEC team. Martin’s four hits also tied a career-high.
Martin elected to return for his final season after being selected in the 20th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Martin was Carolina’s leading hitter last year batting .336 (82-for-244) with 35 runs scored, 11 doubles, five homers and 38 RBI, a .389 on-base percentage and a .443 slugging percentage. He started all 62 games at first base. Martin averaged 1.32 hits per game last year, tied for highest among SEC returning leaders.
JACK OF ALL TRADES
Junior left-hander Jack Wynkoop put together a tremendous start in Friday’s 5-2 win over Vanderbilt. Wynkoop hurled his first career complete game allowing just two runs on 10 hits in nine innings with just one walk and a career-high 12 strikeouts to help lead the Gamecocks to the victory. Wynkoop improved to 5-4 with the win with a 3.04 ERA in a team-high 68.0 innings pitched. He has 59 strikeouts to 10 walks on the year with opponents hitting .276 against him. Wynkoop ranks third in the SEC in innings pitched, tied for seventh in strikeouts and tied for 11th in wins. Wynkoop has 36 of his 59 strikeouts in league play, tied for seventh-best among SEC pitchers.
Wynkoop earned the Tom Price Award as Gamecock MVP of the Clemson series. Wynkoop worked six-plus innings and allowed just one run in the 4-1 victory vs. the Tigers.
Wynkoop is in the weekend rotation for a third straight year. He has made 36 starts in his career, that is second-highest among all returning SEC pitchers.
MAX IT OUT
Junior infielder Max Schrock went 2-for-4 with a key RBI triple to help jumpstart a three-run sixth inning in the 3-2 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. Schrock has raised his average to .313 (47-for-150) for the year with 33 runs scored and 29 RBI as well as seven doubles, two triples and four homers. Schrock owns a .418 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging mark. Schrock has hit .320 (24-for-75) in SEC games with 14 runs scored and 15 RBI as well.
Junior left-hander Vince Fiori made his first career start in Thursday’s loss vs. Vanderbilt. Despite the loss, Fiori pitched well as he went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Fiori’s 5.1 innings marked a career-high as well. He is 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 27.1 innings and opponents hitting .187 against him. He owns a team-high 20 appearances, tied for fourth-highest in the league.
CALDWELL A HIT
Senior outfielder Elliott Caldwell has a team-high 16 multi-hit games including a 2-for-5 day at the plate on Tuesday vs. Presbyterian with a run scored and two RBI. Caldwell also tripled in the contest vs. PC for his sixth triple of the year tying him for the school record set by current Gamecock assistant Brian Buscher in 2002 and tied in 2011 by Jake Williams.
Caldwell is hitting .355 (49-for-138) with 23 runs scored and 24 RBI. He has a .452 on-base percentage and .514 slugging mark. Caldwell leads the Gamecocks with 10 stolen bases as well. Caldwell is 10th best in the SEC in on-base percentage and 15th in batting average.
Caldwell hit .500 (6-for-12) in the Mississippi State series with two runs scored and three RBI. Caldwell was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the 13-7 win vs. the Bulldogs. He also had two triples on the week and leads the Gamecocks with four for the season, tied for third highest in the conference.
Caldwell hit .357 (5-for-14) in the Missouri series with a pair of RBI. He was 2-for-5 with a RBI on Saturday and on Sunday vs. the Tigers. Caldwell also made ESPN’s SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays on Saturday with the No. 8 play of the day with a diving catch in left field.
Caldwell hit .636 (7-for-11) in the Kentucky series with four runs scored, a triple, two homers and four RBI. Caldwell went 2-for-4 in the 10-1 win, followed that up going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a two-run homer in the 4-3 victory over the Wildcats and went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI including a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday’s 6-4 10-inning win. Caldwell’s homer on Saturday was the first of his career in a Gamecock uniform.
Sophomore right-hander Reed Scott earned a win after five scoreless innings in the 11-1 victory vs. Appalachian State.
Scott tied a career-high with seven innings pitched in a 4-3 loss vs. Georgia. He allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Scott is 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 32.1 innings with 16 walks to 23 strikeouts.
CONE LEADS IT OFF
Sophomore outfielder Gene Cone was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored to tie a career-high in hits and RBI in the 11-1 win over Appalachian State. Cone reached base four times in a 4-2 win with two stolen bases vs. The Citadel. Cone is batting .278 (42-for-151) for the year with a team-high 37 runs scored.
Cone is the only Gamecock to start all 41 games this year with all 41 in center field. Cone has a .405 on-base percentage with 26 walks. He has stolen eight bases.
Cone tied a school record for putouts by an outfielder in a game with nine on March 24 at Coastal Carolina.
Junior infielder DC Arendas went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the 5-2 win over Vanderbilt and scored a run in Saturday’s 3-2 win.
Arendas is up to .242 (23-for-95) with 14 runs and 14 RBI on the year and a .415 on-base percentage. Arendas has 11 of his 14 RBI on the year in SEC games with a .406 on-base percentage in 18 conference games as well.
MURRAY IN RELIEF
Freshman right-hander Brandon Murray picked up his fourth win of the year and is now 4-0 on the season with three wins in SEC play as he pitched 5.2 innings of relief allowing just two runs on four hits in the 13-7 victory at Mississippi State. Murray’s 5-2 innings marked the longest outing of his Gamecock career.
For the season, Murray is 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 14 relief appearances with a save. He has 12 strikeouts to eight walks and opponents batting .218 against him.
ON THE MOUND
For the season, South Carolina pitchers own a team ERA of 3.75. The Gamecocks have allowed 168 runs, 138 earned, on 310 hits in 331.0 innings with 142 walks to 309 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .249 against the Gamecocks.
AT THE PLATE & ON THE FIELD
South Carolina is hitting .260 (351-for-1351) as a team with 224 runs scored, a .354 on-base percentage and a .369 slugging mark. The Gamecocks are fielding .968 for the year.
South Carolina is 24-3 on the year when allowing five runs or less. South Carolina is 23-3 on the year with a lead entering the seventh innings. The Gamecocks are 20-3 when allowing less than 10 hits, 11-4 when recording double-digit hits and 15-1 when out-hitting its opponent. South Carolina is 14-9 in games decided by three runs or less.
A CLOSER LOOK AT WIDENER
Sophomore right-hander Taylor Widener pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief with no hits allowed, just one walk and four strikeouts to earn his ninth save of the year in Saturday’s 3-2 win in the rubber game. Widener is 1-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 14 appearances. He has 34 strikeouts in 23.2 innings, opponents hitting .247 against him. Widener ranks third in the SEC with nine saves.
MINCEY MAKES HIS MARK
Junior right-hander Cody Mincey pitched three scoreless innings of relief and did not allow a hit to pick up the win in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Vanderbilt. Mincey struck out three and walked three in the contest. He is 2-2 with a 5.64 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 22.1 innings, opponents batting .231 against him.
KEY HITS FROM KOCH
Sophomore catcher Logan Koch drove in his first run in conference play with a game-winning two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Vanderbilt.
Koch hit a game-winning two-run homer in Friday’s 2-0 win over Miami and followed that up with a two-run single with the bases loaded in a 7-0 win. Koch hit .375 (3-for-8) in the Miami series.
GORE IN A GROOVE
Sophomore infielder Jordan Gore went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Friday’s 5-2 win over Vanderbilt. His three hits vs. the Commodores tied a career-high. Gore is batting .278 (37-for-133) with 23 runs scored and 16 RBI.
STOKES HAS SUCCESS
Freshman infielder Madison Stokes tied a career-high with two hits on Tuesday vs. Presbyterian. He was 1-for-2 with a RBI in the 2-0 win at The Citadel and 2-for-5 with a run scored in the 13-7 win at Mississippi State.
Freshman Alex Destino was 2-for-4 with a RBI in Saturday’s 3-2 win and had a hit in Friday’s 5-2 victory vs. the Commodores. His two-hit game vs. Vanderbilt marked his first multi-hit game vs. a SEC opponent. Destino is batting .255 (28-for-110) with 24 RBI on the year.