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May 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina won one of three games last week vs. Auburn with a 10-1 victory in the series opener. The Gamecocks are 27-21 with a 10-14 conference mark. The Gamecocks are fifth in the SEC Eastern Division and 10th in the league overall with six SEC contests remaining.

Record: 27-21
SEC: 10-14
Home: 22-9
Away: 4-12
Neutral: 1-0

Last Week: 1-2
5/1/15 – Auburn (W, 10-1)
5/2/15 – Auburn (L, 6-2)
5/3/15 – Auburn (L, 3-0)

Junior left-hander Jack Wynkoop did not allow an earned run in eight innings of work with just eight hits allowed, no walks and 10 strikeouts in the 10-1 victory over Auburn on Friday night. Wynkoop did not reach a 3-ball count the entire evening vs. the Tigers to earn the victory. He is 7-4 on the year with a 2.45 ERA in 84.1 innings. He has 74 strikeouts to 11 walks, opponents batting .271 against him. Wynkoop’s victory on Friday was his 21st career win with the Garnet & Black. Wynkoop leads the SEC in innings pitched in all games as well as SEC games with 57.1 innings in conference play. His seven wins on the year is tied for fourth highest in the league with four coming in league play. He also ranks tied for fifth in the league in earned run average.

Senior first baseman Kyle Martin homered twice for the first time in a game in his career including a grand slam and drove in seven runs in the 10-1 victory over Auburn. His seven RBI are the most in a single game since Adam Matthews had eight against College of Charleston on March 22, 2011. In addition, they were the most by a Gamecock player in a SEC game since Tim Angiolini drove in seven in a 15-14 win at Florida April 23, 1999. Martin leads the Gamecocks in all three Triple Crown categories batting .349 (59-for-169) with 11 homers and 48 RBI. He has a .453 on-base percentage with a team-high 33 walks and a .633 slugging mark with 107 total bases. Martin ranks second in the SEC in RBI, third in slugging percentage, tied for fourth in home runs, tied for fifth in total bases, sixth in on-base percentage, tied for seventh in walks and 13th in hitting. Martin’s league numbers are strong as well with a .509 on base-percentage and a .795 slugging mark in SEC contests, both marks lead the conference as well as a SEC-high eight homers and 27 RBI in league play. His .398 batting average in conference play is third best as well. Martin’s 12 multi-RBI games are the most by a Gamecock player this year.

Sophomore right-hander Taylor Widener made just his second start of the season and was effective in Saturday’s game vs. Auburn. Widener pitched five scoreless innings with one hit allowed and two walks while striking out a season-high seven batters. Widener is 1-3 on the year with a 3.14 ERA in 28.2 innings with 41 strikeouts to 18 walks. Opponents are batting .234 against him. He also has nine saves, which ranks third-best in the SEC.

Senior outfielder Elliott Caldwell was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a triple in Friday’s 10-1 win vs. Auburn. Caldwell ranks second on the team in hitting with a .342 average (55-for-161). He has a .441 on-base percentage and .503 slugging mark. Caldwell’s eight triples lead the SEC are a single-season school record. Caldwell also ranks 12th in on-base percentage in the conference. Caldwell leads the Gamecocks with a team-high 18 multi-hit games.

Sophomore right-hander Reed Scott had a pair of scoreless outings this weekend vs. Auburn. Scott pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout in Friday’s 10-1 win an followed that up with 3.2 scoreless innings with just one walk and no hits allowed in Sunday’s 3-0 loss vs. the Tigers. Scott is 1-3 with a 2.49 ERA in 43.1 innings with 18 walks to 28 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .247 against him.

Junior infielder Max Schrock went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Friday’s 10-1 win over Auburn. Schrock is batting .304 (51-for-168) for the year with four homers and 30 RBI as well as nine doubles, two triples and 35 runs scored. He has 31 walks to 16 strikeouts, a .407 on-base percentage and .452 slugging percentage. Schrock has hit .315 (28-for-89) with 16 runs and 16 RBI in league games also.

Freshman right-hander Clarke Schmidt allowed just three runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings with no walks and six strikeouts in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Auburn. Schmidt is 2-1 with a 3.88 ERA in 48.2 innings with 49 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Sophomore catcher Logan Koch was 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI in Friday’s 10-1 win vs. Auburn. The two hits tied a career-high.

Junior left-hander Vince Fiori made two relief appearances this weekend and has a team-high 23 on the year, that ties for fifth-highest in the SEC. Fiori is 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 30.1 innings with 31 strikeouts and opponents batting .196 against him.

Sophomore infielder Jordan Gore reached base three times in the 10-1 win over Auburn going 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He would add a hit and a run scored in Saturday’s 6-2 loss as well.

For the season, South Carolina pitchers own a team ERA of 3.74. The Gamecocks have allowed 217 runs, 178 earned, on 414 hits in 428.0 innings with 179 walks to 399 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .257 against the Gamecocks. The Gamecocks rank seventh in the SEC in ERA.

South Carolina is hitting .250 (392-for-1568) as a team with 248 runs scored, a .346 on-base percentage and a .362 slugging mark. The Gamecocks are fielding .971 for the year.

South Carolina is 26-6 on the year when allowing five runs or less. South Carolina is 25-4 on the year with a lead entering the seventh innings. The Gamecocks are 22-7 when allowing less than 10 hits, 11-4 when recording double-digit hits and 16-1 when out-hitting its opponent. South Carolina is 14-12 in games decided by three runs or less.

5/6/15 – Wofford – 7 p.m.
5/8/15 – at Texas A&M – 7:35 p.m.
5/9/15 – at Texas A&M – 3:05 p.m.
5/10/15 – at Texas A&M – 2:05 p.m.
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