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Baseball Travels To Auburn For Weekend Series
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Baseball Travels To Auburn For Weekend Series

March 30, 2017

Game Information

Dates: Fri. Mar. 31/Sat. April 1/Sun. April 2

First Pitch: 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. ET/2 p.m. ET

Location: Auburn, Ala.

Stadium: Plainsman Park

Television/Video: Friday & Sunday – SEC Network Plus
Saturday — ESPNU (Mike Morgan and Gabe Gross ESPNU

Radio: 1320 AM (Tommy Moody)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two teams at the top of the Southeastern Conference standings meet this weekend as South Carolina (18-6, 5-1 SEC) heads to Auburn (21-6, 5-1 SEC) for a three-game series. Friday’s first pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET with Saturday’s contest at 6 p.m. ET and Sunday’s contest at 2 p.m. ET. Friday and Sunday’s games are on SEC Network Plus with Saturday’s game televised on ESPNU. Friday and Saturday’s games can be heard on 1320 AM, “The Fan,” with Sunday’s contest on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”

RANKINGS

South Carolina is ranked in every major collegiate rankings with Auburn ranked in five of the six major collegiate rankings.

The Gamecocks are ranked No. 4 by Perfect Game, No. 6 by Baseball America and in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 7 by D1Baseball and No. 8 by Collegiate Baseball.

Auburn is ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. The Tigers are also No. 17 by D1Baseball and in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 18 by Baseball America and No. 19 by the NCBWA.

WEEKEND ROTATION

Friday
South Carolina – Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP) 3-0, 2.75 ERA, 36.0 IP, 13 BB, 41 SO
Auburn – Casey Mize (So. RHP) 3-1, 0.98 ERA, 36.2 IP, 6 BB, 51 SO

Saturday
South Carolina – Clarke Schmidt (Jr. RHP) 3-0, 1.12 ERA, 32.0 IP, 10 BB, 36 SO
Auburn – Davis Daniel (Fr. RHP) 2-0, 4.44 ERA, 26.1 IP, 6 BB, 25 SO

Sunday
South Carolina – Adam Hill (So. RHP) 1-3, 2.15 ERA, 29.1 IP, 11 BB, 34 SO
Auburn – TBA

RECAP

South Carolina went 3-1 last week with a non-conference win vs. Charleston Southern and two wins in the weekend series vs. Alabama. The Gamecocks are 5-1 in SEC play, tied for first in the conference after two weeks of play.

TO ARMS

The pitching staff continues to put up solid numbers as the staff finished with a team ERA of 2.73 on the weekend with 56 strikeouts in 56. 0 innings pitched. Alabama hit .238 for the weekend as the Gamecocks earned the series victory. For the season, South Carolina’s pitching staff has a 2.74 team ERA. The Gamecocks have allowed 77 runs, 67 earned, on 171 hits in 220.0 innings with 250 strikeouts to 86 walks and opponents hitting .212 against them. South Carolina is first in the SEC in ERA, third in opposing batting average and fourth in strikeouts. Carolina’s 2.73 ERA in six SEC games is second-best in the league as well.

AT THE PLATE AND ON THE FIELD

South Carolina is hitting .281 (228-for-812) for the season with a .369 on-base percentage and a .425 slugging percentage. The Gamecocks have 22 homers on the year. South Carolina has equaled or out-hit its opponent in 18 of 24 games this year. South Carolina is fielding .979 for the season.

SUPERLATIVES

South Carolina is 15-3 on the year when scoring first in a game and 14-2 when entering the seventh inning with a lead and 17-1 when entering the ninth inning with the lead. The Gamecocks are 10-1 when scoring six or more runs and 17-4 when allowing five runs or less. South Carolina is 10-5 in games decided by three runs or less.

START WITH CLARKE

Junior right-hander Clarke Schmidt returned to the rotation this weekend after sitting out last week with a mild oblique strain. Schmidt was effective in a no-decision in Sunday’s 4-2 win. He allowed one run on just three hits in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts.

Schmidt is 3-0 on the year with a 1.12 ERA. He has allowed seven runs, four earned, on 22 hits in 32.0 innings with 10 walks and 36 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting only .190 against him. Schmidt is fifth in the SEC in ERA and 10th in opposing batting average.

WILLIAMS’ STREAK CONTINUES

Junior first baseman Matt Williams has reached base safely in 22 straight games. He is South Carolina’s leading hitter with a .366 average (26-for-71) with 13 runs scored, two doubles, a homer and 11 RBI. He owns a .500 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging mark. Williams ranks third in the SEC in on-base percentage and 11th in batting average. Williams was 2-for-4 with a RBI in Tuesday’s 15-1 win over The Citadel.

THE CROWE SHOW

Despite a no-decision, junior right-hander Wil Crowe turned in another quality start in Saturday’s 6-5 win vs. Alabama. Crowe allowed two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

For the season, he is 3-0 with a 2.75 ERA in six starts. He has allowed 11 runs on 26 hits in 36.0 innings with 13 walks and a team-high 41 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .195 against him. He is tied for eighth in the SEC in strikeouts, ranks 11th in opposing batting average and is 15th in innings pitched.

TJ LEADS IT OFF

Sophomore outfielder TJ Hopkins put together a multi-hit game in Friday’s loss vs. Alabama and a multi-RBI game in Saturday’s win vs. the Crimson Tide. Hopkins was 2-for-5 on Friday and 1-for-3 with two RBI on Saturday. He followed that up on Tuesday in his return to the Lowcountry going 2-for-5 with three runs scored and a double in the 15-1 win over The Citadel.

Hopkins is hitting .289 (22-for-76) with a team-high 23 runs scored and 11 RBI. His .513 slugging percentage is second on the team.

HILL ON THE MOUND

Sophomore right-hander Adam Hill was solid despite a loss in Friday’s 4-2 win to the Crimson Tide. He allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings with a walk and set a season-high with nine strikeouts.

Hill is 1-3 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts. He has allowed nine runs, seven earned, on 23 hits in 29.1 innings with 11 walks and 34 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .217 against him. Hill is 14th in the SEC in ERA. Hill also has 14 strikeouts in two league games, tied for fourth-best in the conference.

THERE’S Hunter Taylor

Junior catcher Hunter Taylor was 1-for-4 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored in the 6-5 win vs. Alabama. He was also 2-for-3 with a RBI double in the 3-0 win vs. Charleston Southern. Taylor is hitting .343 (12-for-35) with seven runs scored and three RBI as well as four doubles and a .455 on-base percentage. He has reached base in nine straight games.

THAT’S TOLBERT

Junior infielder LT Tolbert was South Carolina’s top hitter in the Alabama series batting .364 (4-for-11). Tolbert tied a career-high with three hits in Saturday’s 6-5 win. Tolbert is second on the team in hitting with a .321 average (25-for-78) on the year with 10 runs scored and nine RBI. He is fielding 1.000 as well with 25 putouts and 49 assists, primarily at second base. Tolbert’s eight multi-hit games leads the team.

HOGAN HITS

Freshman first baseman Riley Hogan got the start at designated hitter and delivered for the Gamecocks in Sunday’s 4-2 win vs. Alabama going 2-for-3 with a RBI double and reaching base in three of four plate appearances. Hogan is hitting .238 (5-for-21) with two runs scored and two RBI.

REAGAN FROM THE LEFT

Senior left-hander Josh Reagan earned a win in relief in Saturday’s victory vs. Alabama allowing three runs on six hits in 3.2 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Reagan is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 10 relief appearances with a save as well. Opponents are hitting .209 against him. Reagan is one of five pitchers in the SEC with two league wins.

BOWERS BRINGS IT

Senior right-hander Colie Bowers picked up his third save of the season with 0.2 scoreless innings of relief in Sunday’s 4-2 win vs. Alabama. Bowers has a 0.54 ERA in 11 relief appearances as well as two wins. He has 18 strikeouts in 16.2 innings, opponents batting .138 against him. He ranks eighth in the SEC in saves.

JONAH WITH A JOLT

Junior infielder Jonah Bride has reached base in 12 straight games. Bride drove in runs in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories vs. Alabama. Bride is hitting .305 (25-for-82) with 15 runs scored and 13 RBI to go along with a .408 on-base percentage. He has walked 10 times to just six strikeouts. Bride tied a career-high in hits going 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in the 15-1 win over The Citadel.

ROW WITH IT

Junior infielder Justin Row hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as Carolina defeated Alabama 6-5. Row is hitting .286 (6-for-20) with four RBI and three runs scored in 11 games played with four starts.

GREAT SCOTT

Senior right-hander Reed Scott pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief in the 4-2 loss to Alabama. Scott is 1-1 with two saves in nine relief appearances and a 2.70 ERA. Opponents are batting .227 against him in 23.1 innings of work.

CATCHING UP WITH CULLEN

Sophomore catcher Chris Cullen reached base three times in the 6-5 win vs. Alabama going 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Cullen is hitting .293 (17-for-58) with four homers, 15 RBI and a .406 on-base percentage. Cullen hit 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in the 15-1 win over The Citadel.

DYNAMIC DESTINO

Junior outfielder Alex Destino went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in a 15-1 win over The Citadel. Destino is batting .300 (27-for-90) with 14 runs scored and a team-high 21 RBI. He has a .373 on-base percentage and a .478 slugging mark. Destino has four homers.

OLSON PROVIDES A SPARK

Sophomore outfielder Jacob Olson set a career-high in hits and RBI as he went 3-for-6 with a homer, two runs scored and four RBI In the 15-1 win over The Citadel. Olson is hitting .284 (25-for-88) for the season with five homers and 17 RBI and a .351 on-base percentage. He has four doubles, a triple and 6 runs scored. Olson has seven multi-hit games this year.

LATTA LIGHTNING

Freshman right-hander Colby Lee earned his first career win in relief in the 10-2 win at Tennessee. He pitched four scoreless innings with just one hit allowed and struck out five. He is 1-0 on the year with a 1.17 ERA in two appearances. Lee has nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings with opponents batting .154 against him.

STOKES IS RISING

Junior infielder Madison Stokes went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer in the 10-2 win over Tennessee. He also doubled and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI in the 7-1 victory over the Volunteers. Stokes is hitting .202 (17-for-84) with a team-high six doubles as well as three homers, nine RBI and 13 runs scored.

BLAIR ON BASE

Sophomore outfielder Danny Blair was 1-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored in the 4-2 win over Alabama on Sunday. He has four stolen bases on the year and a .329 on-base percentage.

Blair had his best series at the plate in a Gamecock uniform in his career as he went 6-for-11 (.545) to lead the Gamecocks at the plate in the UNCG series. Blair also scored a pair of runs, drove in two and stole two bags. He finished with a .545 on-base and slugging percentage as well.

JOHNSON BRINGS THE HEAT

Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson pitched a scoreless inning of relief for his fourth save of the season in the 2-0 win at Clemson. Johnson has four saves in five relief appearances. He has struck out 12 in 6.2 innings of work out of the bullpen.

Johnson struck out five of six batters he faced for his third save of the year in the 8-4 win over Appalachian State. He earned two saves the previous week with 1.1 innings of work in the 5-4 win over Charlotte followed by a scoreless ninth inning in which he struck out the side in the 4-3 victory over Wright State.

THE VERSATILE LAWSON

Sophomore right-hander Graham Lawson has made five appearances with two starts on the mound. Lawson most recently pitched in the 15-1 win over The Citadel and pitched one scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts. He is 2-0 on the year with a 4.70 ERA. He has 11 strikeouts in 15.1 innings and opponents are hitting .241 against him.

PARKE PROVIDES RELIEF

Junior left-hander John Parke has a win and a save in his last two relief appearances. Parke has struck out nine in 7.1 innings.

THE MORRIS CODE

Freshman right-hander Cody Morris made his first SEC start and his second start of the year in the 10-2 win over Tennessee. Morris allowed just one run on three hits in 3.2 innings with three walks and four strikeouts. Morris won his first game as a Gamecock in the 15-1 win over The Citadel. Morris allowed one run on two hits in five innings with no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts.

STABLE BRIDGES

Freshman right-hander Sawyer Bridges pitched a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout in the 15-1 win over The Citadel. Bridges has 10 strikeouts in seven innings in five appearances for the Gamecocks.

SCOUTING AUBURN

Auburn enters the weekend 21-6 with a 5-1 record in the SEC and have gone 17-5 in games at Plainsman Park this year. The Tigers are hitting .288 (256-for-889) with a .385 on-base percentage and a .394 slugging mark. The Tigers are fielding .972. Auburn pitchers have compiled a 3.17 ERA with 213 strikeouts to 81 walks in 241.0 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .235 against him.

Jonah Todd is Auburn’s leading hitter. He is batting .340 (34-for-100) with 17 RBI and 24 runs scored and a .429 on-base percentage. Daniel Robert is Auburn’s top run producer with a .310 average (31-for-100) with 19 run scored, five doubles, two triples, two homers and 22 RBI. right-hander Keegan Thompson is 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA in six starts. He has struck out 26 with seven walks and allowed only six runs, three earned, on 21 hits in 38.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .158 against him. Right-hander Casey Mize is right behind him with a 3-1 record and a 0.98 ERA. He has struck out 51 batters in 36.2 innings pitched. Cole Lipscomb is Auburn’s top reliever with three wins and five saves in 10 relief appearances. Opponents are hitting only .186 against him.

SOUTH CAROLINA 2017 HONOR ROLL

Danny Blair
Rated No. 105 best outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 126 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

Jonah Bride
Rated No. 25 best third baseman in the nation by D1Baseball (March 22)

Carlos Cortes
Rated No. 1 freshman in the SEC by Baseball America
Rated No. 1 impact freshman in the SEC by D1Baseball
Rated No. 4 best freshman in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 13 best freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
Rated No. 14 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 14 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 37 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 53 best outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball

Chris Cullen
Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Rated No. 7 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 11 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 22 best catcher in the nation by D1Baseball (March 22)
Rated No. 22 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 85 best overall sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game

Wil Crowe
Named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List
Preseason All-America 3rd Team (Baseball America)
Rated No. 6 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 7 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 9 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 15 best college prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 17 best overall junior in the nation by Perfect Game
Rated No. 19 best overall prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America (March 23)
Rated No. 23 best starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball (March 23)
Rated No. 36 best overall prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by MLB.com

Alex Destino
Preseason All-America 2nd Team (NCBWA)
Preseason All-SEC Team (Perfect Game)
Preseason All-SEC 2nd Team (SEC Coaches Poll)
Rated No. 16 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 19 best outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 21 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 45 best overall junior in the nation by Perfect Game
Rated No. 83 best college prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

Adam Hill
Rated No. 6 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 6 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 11 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 15 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 34 best starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball (March 23)
Rated No. 49 best overall sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game

TJ Hopkins
Rated No. 31 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 36 best outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 91 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

Tyler Johnson
Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List
Preseason All-America 1st Team (D1Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game)
Preseason All-SEC First Team (SEC Coaches Poll)
Preseason All-SEC Team (Perfect Game)
Rated No. 1 reliever in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 12 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 13 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 14 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 30 best overall junior in the nation by Perfect Game
Rated No. 32 best college prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

Cody Morris
Rated No. 16 impact freshman in the SEC by D1Baseball
Rated No. 23 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 32 best freshman in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 62 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 159 best starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball

Brandon Murray
Rated No. 209 best college prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

Jacob Olson
Rated No. 34 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 101 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

John Parke
Rated No. 303 best college prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

Josh Reagan
Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List
Preseason All-America 3rd Team (Collegiate Baseball)
Rated No. 12 best reliever in the nation by D1Baseball

Clarke Schmidt
Named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List
Preseason All-America 1st Team (NCBWA)
Preseason All-America 2nd Team (Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, Perfect Game)
Rated No. 8 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 9 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 10 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 10 best starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball (March 23)
Rated No. 15 best college prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 22 best overall junior in the nation by Perfect Game
Rated No. 25 best overall prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America (March 23)
Rated No. 35 best overall prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by MLB.com
Recognized as having the “Best Control” of all pitchers in the SEC by Baseball America

Madison Stokes
Rated No. 21 best shortstop in the nation by D1Baseball (Preseason)
Rated No. 188 best college prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

LT Tolbert
Rated No. 25 best second baseman in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 35 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 103 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball