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March 7, 2016

Game Information

Dates: Tues., Mar. 8, 2016

First Pitch: 7 p.m.

Location: Columbia, S.C.

Stadium: Founders Park

Tickets: $10 General Admission

Broadcast:SEC Network + (Derek Scott, pxp; Trey Dyson, analyst) Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Andy Demetra & Tommy Moody);

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina (10-2) begins a five-game homestand Tuesday night hosting Wofford (10-3). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network Plus and is available on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”

Carolina follows up Tuesday night’s tilt with a Wednesday contest vs. Furman. First pitch is 7 p.m.


South Carolina — Adam Hill (Fr. RHP) 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.0 IP, 2 BB, 19 SO
Wofford – Austin Higginbotham (Fr. LHP) 0-1, 1.69 ERA, 5.1 IP, 1 BB, 4 SO


South Carolina is ranked No. 16 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 17 by D1Baseball, and No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball.


Sophomore right-hander Clarke Schmidt was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on Monday. He struck out a career-high nine batters in eight scoreless innings of work in Friday’s 8-1 win over Clemson. Schmidt’s outing was the longest of his career. He is 3-0 on the year with a 0.43 ERA after three starts. Schmidt has struck out 23 batters to just five walks. He has allowed one run on nine hits in 21.0 innings of work. Opponents are batting .143 against him. Schmidt earned the Tom Price Award as MVP of the Gamecocks for the Clemson series. Schmidt’s ERA ranks second-best in the SEC. He is also fifth-best in opposing batting average and tied for sixth-highest in the league in strikeouts. Schmidt is one of nine pitchers in the SEC with three wins on the year.

In the start before Clemson, he pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just one walk and one hit while striking out eight batters in a 7-1 win over Penn State.


Sophomore first baseman Alex Destino was 5-for-5 with four RBI in Friday’s 8-1 win over Clemson. Destino’s five hits are a career-high as well. He is hitting .340 (18-for-53) for the season with a pair of homers, 16 RBI and eight runs scored. He has a .472 slugging percentage also. Destino is second on the team with three multi-RBI games and tied for second with five multi-hit games. He enters the week with a four-game hitting streak. Destino ranks tied for sixth in the SEC in runs batted in.

Destino homered twice including a grand slam homer and drove in seven runs, the most by any SEC player this year in a game in South Carolina’s 16-5 win over Penn State.


Freshman right-hander Adam Hill has been impressive in his first two career starts for the Garnet & Black. Hill is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and has allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out 19 batters in 11.0 innings pitched. Opponents are batting .143 against him.

Hill pitched five scoreless with three hits allowed, two walks and eight strikeouts to earn a win in the 6-3 victory at The Citadel. He earned his first career win the week before as he pitched six scoreless innings with just two hits allowed, no walks and 11 strikeouts in Carolina’s 5-0 victory over App. State.


Junior outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams has reached base safely in all 12 games. Thompson-Williams opened last week going 3-for-5 with a run in the 6-3 win at The Citadel. He followed that up with two walks and two runs scored in Friday’s 8-1 win vs. Clemson. Thompson-Williams doubled and scored in Sunday’s game at Clemson. Thompson-Williams is third on the Gamecocks with a .333 batting average (15-for-45) for the season. He has scored 13 runs and has a .464 on-base percentage.


Junior left-hander Josh Reagan put together two scoreless appearances out of the bullpen last week. Reagan has not allowed a run in five relief appearances for the season. Reagan pitched a perfect ninth inning in Tuesday’s 6-3 win at The Citadel for his third save of the year. Reagan added 4.1 scoreless innings in Sunday’s contest at Clemson.

He has pitched 9.1 scoreless innings with just two hits allowed and two walks while striking out 11 batters. Reagan is tied for second in the SEC in saves.


Sophomore catcher Johns Jones had a pair of multi-hit games last e week. He was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday’s 6-3 win at The Citadel. He went 2-for-3 with a walk in Sunday’s game at Clemson as well. Jones leads the Gamecocks with a .500 average (21-for-42) with 14 runs scored and 19 RBI. He owns a .618 on-base percentage and a .786 slugging mark. Jones ranks second in the SEC in batting average and on-base percentage along with third in slugging percentage and runs batted in. Jones has a team-high six multi-RBI games and a team-high seven multi-hit contests.

Jones earned National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball and SEC Co-Player of the Week after putting together arguably one of the greatest weekends at the plate in school history in the Penn State series. Jones reached base in all 14 plate appearances vs. Penn State batting 1.000 (8-for-8) with six walks for an OBP of 1.000 as well. Jones went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in a 7-1 series-opening win vs. the Nittany Lions. He followed that up with a grand slam and tying a single-game school record with four walks in Saturday’s 16-5 victory vs. Penn State. In the series finale, Jones went 3-for-3 including a two-run single and a walk in the 4-2 win to sweep the series vs. Penn State. Jones’ slugging percentage for the weekend was 1.750 also.

In records going back to 1997, Jones is the only Gamecock in school history to start three games in a series and put up a 1.000 OBP, besting the previous mark of .875 set by Christian Walker in 2011 at Mississippi State as well as Walker’s .909 batting average (10-for-11). Jones’ six walks tied for the most by a Gamecock in a series since Scott Wingo’s six walks vs. Brown in 2010. Jones’ 10 RBI are the most by a Gamecock in a series since LB Dantzler drove in 10 vs. Albany vs. 2013. Jones’ 1.750 slugging percentage is the best in a series since Steven Neff’s 2.000 slugging mark vs. Arkansas in 2011.


South Carolina pitchers own a team ERA of 1.95, third-best in the SEC and are tied for the league lead in opponents batting average with opposing teams hitting just .180 on the year against the Gamecocks. South Carolina has 122 strikeouts to 40 walks in 106.0 innings pitched. The Gamecocks have allowed five runs or less in all 12 games this year.


South Carolina is hitting .311 (128-for-412) as a team with a .409 on-base percentage and a .410 slugging mark. The Gamecocks are fielding .977 on the year. Carolina has not committed an error in six of 12 games this year.


Senior infielder Marcus Mooney is tied for third-best in hitting for the team with a .333 batting average (11-for-33). He has seven walks, two hit by pitches to two strikeouts. He owns a .476 on-base percentage. Mooney had two hits and a run scored in Friday’s 8-1 win vs. Clemson. He had a two-out RBI single in the 6-3 win at The Citadel.


Sophomore infielder Jonah Bride went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday’s 8-1 win vs. Clemson. He drove in a run also in last Tuesday’s win at The Citadel.

Bride is hitting .300 (12-for-40) with six RBI and 15 runs scored and a .481 on-base percentage. Bride’s 15 runs scored is tied for fifth-highest in the SEC. Bride leads the nation and the SEC in hit by pitch with seven.


Freshman right-hander Braden Webb struck out a season-high seven batters in Saturday’s game vs. Clemson. Webb has 17 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. Opponents are batting .148 against him. He is 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA on the year


Freshman catcher Chris Cullen has seen action in 10 games with eight starts behind the plate. Cullen had a six-game hitting streak snapped last Friday. He is batting .281 (9-for-32) with seven RBI.


Junior right-hander Reed Scott picked up his first win of the season with 3.1 scoreless innings in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Penn State. Scott did not allow a hit, walked just one and had a strikeout to earn the victory. Scott is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four appearances with seven innings pitched.


Freshman infielder LT Tolbert went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double in a 8-1 win over Albany. He also went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the 16-4 win over Winthrop.

He has started 10 of 12 games with five starts at second base, two starts at first base and designated hitter and a start at shortstop. Tolbert is hitting .250 (10-for-40) with six runs scored.


South Carolina freshman outfielder TJ Hopkins has seen plenty of action in the three weeks with six starts in right field. Hopkins is hitting .250 (5-for-20) with a pair of runs scored, a homer and five RBI.

Hopkins had a three-run homer and four RBI in last Wednesday’s 16-4 win over Winthrop. Hopkins tied a single-game school record with two outfield assists on Opening Day. vs. Albany.


All six outs recorded by junior right-hander Colie Bowers in Friday’s 7-1 win over Penn State were by strikeout. Bowers has eight strikeouts in 3.1 innings in a pair of relief appearances this year.

Bowers won his first career game with the Gamecocks after pitching 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts in the 8-1 win over Albany.

Bowers is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings with eight strikeouts on the year. Opponents are batting .059 against him. He has allowed just one hit this year, a solo home run against Penn State.


Senior infielder DC Arendas had two hits in Saturday’s 16-5 win over Penn State and followed that up with a 2-for-2 day with a run in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Nittany Lions. Arendas has a .345 on-base percentage. He is fielding 1.000 with 14 putouts and 19 assists at second base in 11 games.


Sophomore right-hander Brandon Murray retired all eight batters he faced in Tuesday’s 6-3 win at The Citadel. Murray has a 1.50 ERA in 6.0 innings with four strikeouts, opponents batting .188 against him.


Three different Gamecocks have started in center field in the first 12 games.

Sophomore Clark Scolamiero has five starts and is hitting .267 (4-for-15) with a pair of runs scored and three RBI.

Junior Gene Cone has seen action in 10 games with eight starts including two in center. He is hitting .231 (6-for-26) with three RBI and six runs scored.

Freshman Danny Blair also has five starts and seen action in eight games. Blair had a career day going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a RBI in Saturday’s 16-5 win over Penn State. He was 2-for-5 with a RBI double on Tuesday night at The Citadel. He is hitting .273 (6-for-22).


Sophomore right-hander Tyler Johnson has made four appearances through the first 12 games. Johnson has struck out six batters in 2.2 innings pitched.


Wofford heads to Columbia sporting a 10-3 overall record after three weeks of action. The Terriers won three of four games last weekend in a series vs. Ohio including a 6-5 win in 11 innings to take the series on Sunday, Mar. 6. Wofford opened the year with a 5-4 victory vs. Kentucky and also defeated Stony Brook, 9-8, and George Mason, 11-6, in an opening weekend tournament in Spartanburg.

Bradley McClain and Alec Paradowski lead Wofford at the plate with a .348 average (16-for-46). Wofford is hitting .282 (119-for-422) as a team with a 4.62 team ERA. Wofford will start freshman left-hander Austin Higginbotham. He is 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings.


South Carolina is 75-25-1 vs. Wofford including a 5-3 win vs. the Terriers last year. The Gamecocks raced out to a five-run lead in the first three innings on the way to the victory.

Brandon Murray earned the win in relief and is 5-0 on the year. He allowed one run on two hits in three innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Reed Scott pitched 1.1 perfect innings of relief with a pair of saves for his first career save

Kyle Martin, Elliott Caldwell and Alex Destino (South Carolina’s 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup) went 6-for-10 at the plate with three runs scored and four RBI.