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September 20, 2013

Friday scrimmage observations

South Carolina held its fourth intrasquad scrimmage of the fall Friday afternoon, and Gamecock Central was there.

The two teams played nine innings, with the pitchers on a three-inning limit, and the visiting won 6-5 thanks to a ninth-inning RBI-double from designated hitter Taylor Widener.

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MARTIN HOT: There's not much else to say about the fall Kyle Martin is having beyond his line Friday afternoon - three doubles, three RBIs and a sacrifice fly in five at-bats. A player who got hot at the end of last season and provided an offensive lift for the Gamecocks in the postseason, Martin has taken over where LB Dantzler left off, playing solid defense and spanking the ball like it had offended his mother all over the park.

Crowe delivering: Heralded freshman hurler/hitter Wil Crowe had a successful day at the plate Friday, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. A physically imposing presence at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Crowe has shown he can intimidate with the bat in his hands as well as he can on the mound, where he'll be looked upon to assume a potentially significant role in the rotation either as a starter or in late relief.

SITTING OUT: Missing action Friday were Max Schrock (back) and Joey Pankake (elbow). Both could return soon, though coach Chad Holbrook isn't eager to rush either player back. Also not in the lineup was shortstop Marcus Mooney.

CONE UNSTOPPABLE: Holbrook said with two corner outfield spots to fill that he'd look hard at freshmen Gene Cone and Brock Maxwell, and on Friday Cone made a case that he may be impossible to ignore once those decisions are made. After going 3-for-4 on Sunday, Cone went 3-for-3, all slap singles, and walked twice, meaning he reached base all five times he went to the plate. He also has shown a plus defensive glove so far in the field.

UP NEXT: The team will scrimmage tomorrow (Saturday) at 11:15 a.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.

The Lineups

Home
CF Tanner English, 3B Elliott Caldwell, 1B Kyle Martin, C Grayson Greiner, 2B Connor Bright, SS DC Arendas, LF Patrick Harrington, RF Gene Cone.

Visitors
SS Jordan Gore, RF Anthony Paulsen, DH Taylor Widener, DH Ray Murphy, C Logan Koch, LF Zack Madden, DH Wil Crowe, 1B Weber Pike, 3B Matt Williams, CH Brock Maxwell.

Top hitters: Jordan Gore (2-for-4, 2 BB, 2 runs scored); Anthony Paulsen (2-for-4, run scored); Wil Crowe (2-for-3, run scored); Weber Pike (2-for-4, RBI); Matt Williams (2-for-3, RBI); Elliott Caldwell (2-for-4, 2 RBIs, BB); Kyle Martin (3-for-5, 3 RBIs, 3 2B); Gene Cone (3-for-3, 2 BB).

Pitching lines

Away
Preston Johnson: 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB
Jackson Smith: 2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 K
Weber Pike: 2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, BB, HBP
Caanan Crooper (L): 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 K, BB, HBP

Home
Vince Fiori: 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K
Reed Scott: 2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 K
Hunter Privette: 2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 8 H, K, BB
Cody Mincey (W): 2 IP, 1 R,1 ER, 2 H, BB

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