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September 21, 2013
South Carolina held its fifth intrasquad scrimmage of the fall Saturday morning, and Gamecock Central was there.
Continuing a trend from Friday, the visiting team took a 6-1 decision, combining to toss a two-hitter over the starter-laden home side, with Josh Reagan getting the win and Joel Seddon taking the loss.
The game was quiet through five innings, as each team was only able to plate a single run. The home team got it's only run of the game across in the bottom of the second on a walk by Wil Crowe to Taylor Widener followed by an RBI triple from Elliott Caldwell. Crowe, Josh Reagan and Alex Satterfield combined to throw eight innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six and walking three.
The visiting team answered in the top of the third, scoring a run off a single from Zack Madden and a double from Brison Celek that allowed Madden to score from first when center fielder Tanner English misplayed Celek's rolling gapper, allowing it to get past him to the wall. The away team added the go-ahead run in the sixth on an RBI single from Weber Pike of Joel Seddon that scored Patrick Harrington.
The visitors salted the game away with a four-run seventh. After new pitcher Matthew Vogel got a fly out from Brock Maxwell to open the inning, he walked Anthony Paulsen and allowed a single to Matt Williams. On a tailor-made tapper back to Vogel from Madde, Vogel spun and threw to second but neither the shortstop nor second baseman had arrived at the bag yet and the ball flew harmlessly into center field, scoring Paulsen and moving Williams to third. A single by Jordan Gore scored Williams, and a passed ball by Grayson Greiner allowed Madden home and moved Gore to third. The scoring ended with a sacrifice fly to right by Harrington.
CROWE IMPRESSING: After going 2-for-3 from the plate on Friday, freshman Wil Crowe took the mound to start Saturday's game and gave up just two hits, a double in the first and triple in the third, in three innings of work in which he got stronger as he went on. In his final inning of work he struck out the side, which also happened to be the top of the order - Gene Cone, Connor Bright and Kyle Martin.
It was an impressive start for Crowe, who uses a tight fastball to go with a patient breaking ball that drops dead at the plate and is difficult for hitters, even veteran ones such as Bright and Martin, to lay off of. Additionally, Crowe also has a pretty wicked pickoff move, one he executes remarkably fast and with aggression. In short, Crowe brings the kind of fire to the mound and willingness to challenge any hotter that brings back memories of Matt Price's approach.
CELEK ON TEAR: Don't look now, but Brison Celek is having a productive fall, with three multi-hit games so far, including Saturday's, in which he went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and an RBI. On Friday his only hit also was a double, giving him three doubles in two games. That hit, which went over the extended construction fence in left center, was close to being a home run, but Celek couldn't convince his teammates he'd actually cleared the bullpen wall. A junior who has been with the team since 2010, Celek was reminded by his teammates behind the plate he's only hit one home run his entire career.
TOP RECRUITING MARKS: Late Friday evening, Collegiate Baseball announced its recruiting rankings for the 2013 classes enrolled now, and South Carolina ranked No. 11. The large class includes 21 players, many of whom will see significant time in the field this season.
GORE SHINES: One of those freshmen who are impressing the coaches is Jordan Gore, an infielder and pitcher from Conway. On Friday, Gore was 2-for-4 from the plate with a walk and two runs scored, and Saturday he continued his successful weekend by going 2-for-4 again with an RBI single in the seventh. He's done this all the while playing superb defense from the shortstop position, including a terrific play in the bottom of the first going deep up the middle to his left to glove the ball and steal what would have been a leadoff hit by another impressive freshman, Gene Cone.
REAGAN RULES: For as sharp as Crowe was, his successor on the mound, fellow freshman Josh Reagan, was even better. In three innings of work, Reagan allowed no hits, no runs and only walked one batter, striking out one. He induced harmless fly outs from six of the 10 batters he faced.
UP NEXT: The team will scrimmage tomorrow (Sunday) at 1:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Home: Connor Bright 1-for-3, 2B; Elliott Caldwell 1-for-3, RBI, 3B.
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