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October 6, 2013
South Carolina held its twelfth intrasquad scrimmage of the fall Sunday, and Gamecock Central was there.
For the second day in a row the away side was led by the bat of Grayson Greiner as it pulled away for a 7-2 win in front of about 150 people.
A day after hitting a home run and a ground-rule double he felt was a home run, Greiner hit a no-doubter in the fifth with a runner on and adding a double to round out his day. He was joined in the home-run parade Sunday by Ray Murphy, who hit a solo shot to left center in the fourth, and Connor Bright, who plastered a ball that landed halfway up the tall bleacher seating in left field off of reliever Robert Lawhon.
On the mound, John Parke pitched two scoreless innings for the home side, while Kyle Martin threw three scoreless frames for the visiting to close out the game.
For the weekend, coach Chad Holbrook said he was pleased that the heart of his order - Joey Pankake, Greiner and Martin - all had strong performances at the plate.
"I thought our weekend was very encouraging in many ways," Holbrook said. "Some of our veteran guys really had good weekends.
"Connor Bright swung the bat very well. Grayson and Joey got some hits, Marcus (Mooney) got some hits, he had three yesterday, he had two more today. Elliott Caldwell really swung the bat with some authority, and Kyle Martin continues to have a great fall, both at the plate and on the mound."
MOONEY'S BAT IMPRESSING: Marcus Mooney's five hits on the weekend were precisely what Holbrook wanted to see at the plate from his shortstop. He had four singles, one of which was a perfectly laid bunt down the third-base line, am RBI and a double on Sunday.
"That's the kind of player he is," Holbrook said. "We're going to have to find a spot in the lineup where he can hit-and-run, he can bunt, he can push the ball, take walks, be an on-base percentage guy.
"I don't think he's going to hit three-fifty with five or six home runs, but I do think he can move the ball, he can move teammates around the bases and he's a good bunter and plays hard. He's been fun to have on the team."
BRIGHT PRAISE: Holbrook has seen a change in Connor Bright's approach to the game, and it showed over the weekend in which he went 5-for-11 with a home run and 3 RBIs.
"He's much more selective," Holbrook said of Bright. "He was a free swinger last year, and I want him to still be aggressive, but his pitch selection is so much better. That comes with at-bats, experience, maturity, confidence. He's swinging at pitches in the strike zone. Last year he was so aggressive he'd swing no matter where it was. He saw the ball out of the hand and he was swinging.
"This year, he's trying to be selective and swing at strikes, he's walked a few times - he didn't walk much last year - and when you can swing at pitches in the strike zone, his hand-eye coordination is so good, he can hit the ball with some authority. He's not getting himself out this year like he did from time to time last year swinging at pitches outside the zone."
Holbrook said Bright could wind up in right field or the infield, including possibly getting a look at first base to provide a right-handed bat there when Martin may be pitching.
"The good thing about Connor is he's very versatile and can play a number of spots," Holbrook said.
UP NEXT: The team will scrimmage next weekend.
Home: Gene Cone (2-4, run scored), Matt Williams (2-4), Ray Murphy (1-3, HR, RBI).
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