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Gamecock Baseball Notebook

by Kent Reichert

The Gamecocks were 2-2 on the week, including a series win over Kentucky.

May 12, 2019

COLUMBIA –The University of South Carolina baseball team went 2-2 this week, falling to Furman on Wednesday night before taking the series with Kentucky at Founders Park.

Record: 26-25
SEC: 7-20
Home: 17-15
Road: 6-9
Neutral: 3-1
Streak: L1

Last Week:
5/8/19 – Furman (L, 4-7)
5/10/19 – Kentucky (W, 5-4)
5/11/19 – Kentucky (W, 11-3)
5/12/19 – Kentucky (L, 2-6)

The Gamecocks took 2-of-3 games from Kentucky to win its first SEC series of the season. Andrew Eyster homered in the seventh to break a four-all tie in a 5-4 win. The Gamecocks then exploded for 13 hits in an 11-3 win on Saturday.

Brett Kerry threw four innings this weekend in the pair of Carolina wins. He pitched the final inning on Friday, striking out a batter in a seven-pitch inning. Kerry then pitched the final three frames on Saturday, striking out five and allowing just an infield single in the ninth. On the season, Kerry is now 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA and seven saves with 61 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched.

Reid Morgan earned his fourth win of the season in the Saturday game, striking out eight and allowing just two earned runs with no walks in six innings of work. Morgan spinned three 1-2-3 innings in his 99-pitch outing. Morgan has a 3.79 ERA with 66 strikeouts in his 13 starts this season.

Chris Cullen, Jacob Olson and TJ Hopkins all contributed to the Carolina offense on their Senior Day Saturday afternoon. Cullen was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Olson had an RBI single and scored a run while Hopkins was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. All three seniors were honored before Saturday’s game.

Carolina is now tied with Kentucky at 7-20 in the SEC. Alabama is 7-19 heading into Sunday’s game against Texas A&M. The Gamecocks own the tiebreak with Kentucky while Alabama has the tiebreak with Carolina.

Carolina wraps up the regular season with four games this week. The Gamecocks host USC Upstate, then head to Starkville for a three-game series with Mississippi State.

Next Week
5/14/19 – USC Upstate – 7 p.m. (SECN+)
5/16/19 – at Mississippi State – 6:30 p.m. CDT (SECN+)
5/17/19 – at Mississippi State – 6:30 p.m. CDT (SECN+)
5/18/19 – at Mississippi State – 1 p.m. CDT (SECN+)