Gamecock Baseball Notebook
COLUMBIA – The University of South Carolina baseball team ended a busy week with a 5-0 record, defeating The Citadel and USC Upstate in the midweek and sweeping Bethune-Cookman at Founders Park.
3/7/23 – The Citadel (W, 8-1)
3/8/23 – at USC Upstate (W, 19-1)
3/10/23 – Bethune-Cookman (W, 20-3 (7))
3/11/23 – Bethune-Cookman (W, 8-5)
3/11/23 – Bethune-Cookman (W, 10-3)
The Gamecocks continue to put the baseball in seats this season, leading the nation (as of March 11) with 45 home runs. During the Bethune-Cookman weekend, Carolina had three grand slams, coming off the bats of Dylan Brewer, Will McGillis and Caleb Denny. The two on Friday marked the first time Carolina had a pair of grand slams in a game since Feb. 27, 2016 against Penn State.
Carolina has now scored in double figures 11 times this season. That includes Wednesday’s 19-1 win over USC Upstate, Friday’s 20-3 win over Bethune-Cookman and Saturday’s 10-3 win over the Wildcats. The Gamecocks are averaging 11.2 runs per game with Braylen Wimmer leading the SEC with 31 runs scored.
Gavin Casas now has nine home runs on the season after his longball on Friday night against Bethune-Cookman. Casas is third in the league in home runs, sixth in RBI and tied for sixth in runs scored.
Cole Messina had a great week at the plate, going 9-for-18 with nine runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. Messina also walked five times for a .600 on-base percentage. The Summerville native hit a pair of home runs in Friday’s 20-3 win over Bethune-Cookman.
Jack Mahoney struck out nine in Saturday’s game two win over Bethune-Cookman. The righty did not walk a batter, allowing two runs in six innings of work to move to 2-0 on the year.
Sam Simpson made his first appearance as a Gamecock in Wednesday’s win over USC Upstate. Simpson, who missed last year after injury, struck out a batter in an inning of work.
3/14/23 – Presbyterian, 7 p.m. (SECN+)
3/17/23 – at Georgia, 6 p.m. (SECN+)
3/18/23 – at Georgia, 2 p.m. (SECN+)
3/19/23 – at Georgia, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)