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April 26, 2012

Diamond Extra: 'Fear the Fish' takes off



South Carolina's 27-man weekend roster actually had 28 names, but avoided discipline from the league. The SEC wasn't quite sure how to handle a roster with 27 players - and one fish.

LB Dantzler's pet fish Reptar, which has inspired quite the following over the past week, was in the dugout in his new "travel" container on Thursday. Instead of the Tupperware container that Reptar traveled to Auburn in last week, he was in a small-but-actual fish tank, with a label on top reading "I am Reptar" and one on the bottom reading "(Hashtag) Fear the Fish."

The movement has taken off, with T-shirts being printed shortly after the story was made public. Three fans sported T-shirts reading "Fear the Fish" on the backs in the first row on the third-base line. The usual Gamecock encased in the Block C logo was replaced by a garnet fish.

During the rain delay, several puddles formed on the tarp, but Reptar chose not to partake in any extra-curricular swimming.

AW, MAN … : Alabama freshman Spencer Turnbull lost his bid for a no-hitter when lightning crashed around Carolina Stadium in the eighth inning. He had gone seven complete and was on 97 pitches when the delay hit, and it is highly unlikely, next to impossible, that he would resume pitching on Friday.

Alabama has thrown seven no-hitters in its history, but the last nine-inning no-hitter was in 1942, when Eddie Owcar no-hit Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide had a six-inning no-hitter in 1993, when Al Drumheller, John Collins and Brett Sullenberger combined to blank USF.

DISTINGUISHED COMPANY: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock was at the game and stopped in the pressbox during the rain delay. Brock, inducted in 1985, was in town to speak to a group of doctors about remaining healthy and athletic despite having diabetes.

Brock won two World Series titles with St. Louis and hit .300 or higher eight times in hs career. He is perhaps best known for setting the major-league career mark for stolen bases (938), which was later broken by Rickey Henderson. The mark is still the best career mark in the National League.

BOUNCE PASS: Basketball coach Frank Martin threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches. The new coach, wearing a USC jersey with No. 45 and his name on the back, threw a pitch that skipped into the right batter's box before Dante Rosenberg gloved it.

FOR THE TREES: Forrest Koumas was indeed activated for the series, as Tanner said was probable. Koumas missed the past three series with soreness in his throwing elbow, but after throwing some bullpen sessions, was judged as being back to full health.

Koumas didn't pitch on Thursday, and may not pitch in the series, but he is available. Since the Gamecocks don't have a Game 3 starter at this time - Colby Holmes was scratched from the start after straining a muscle in his throwing arm during practice on Wednesday - a spot is open. Koumas likely wouldn't start, but could see some action in relief, depending on how the series progresses.

Holmes was in the dugout for the series but was not on the active roster.

SEC STANDINGS
Team SEC Overall
SEC East
Kentucky 13-5 35-7
Florida 11-7 31-10
South Carolina 11-7 30-11
Georgia 8-10 24-18
Tennessee 7-11 22-19
Vanderbilt 7-11 18-22
SEC West
LSU 12-6 32-9
Arkansas 9-9 29-12
Ole Miss 9-9 27-14
Mississippi State 8-10 25-16
Auburn 7-11 22-19
Alabama 6-12 17-25
Thursday's game
Alabama at South Carolina, suspended
Friday's games
Alabama at South Carolina, completion of suspended game
Alabama at South Carolina
Arkansas at Florida
Tennessee at Auburn
Georgia at LSU
Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Ole Miss at Mississippi State

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