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March 6, 2014

Kershaw's Corner: Brown



South Carolina versus Brown - The Series
* The Gamecocks lead the overall series 8-0.
* The first meeting between the two teams came in 1967 while the last meeting took place in 2010.
* Carolina swept Brown in 2010 by the scores of 8-4, 10-7 and 6-5 (10). The first two games were played as a double header on Saturday. The Friday night game was postponed due to rain.

Last Weekend
* The Gamecocks swept Clemson in a three game series. USC and Clemson started the one-one-one format in 2010. It was the first time that one of the teams swept the series in that format.
* The last time that one of the teams swept the series was in 2008 when USC took all four games. That season two games were played in Columbia and two in Clemson.

Familiar Scores Against the Tigers
* Carolina defeated Clemson 9-6 on Friday, February 28. USC also defeated the Tigers 9-6 on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in Columbia.
* On Saturday, USC defeated the Tigers 10-2. My first thought about it being 10-2 reminded me of the 2002 game in Omaha. Carolina eliminated Clemson from the College World Series with a 10-2 victory on June 21st. The win over the Tigers put the Gamecocks in the Championship Game against Texas.

Extra Base Hits
In Wednesday's game against Stetson, the Gamecocks did not have an extra base hit. It was the second time this season that the Gamecocks failed to have at least one extra base hit in a game. USC did not have one in the Saturday game against Clemson in Greenville.

No Place Like Home
Dating back to last season, the Gamecocks have won 18 straight at home. Their last loss at Carolina Stadium was to Vanderbilt on May 4, 2013.

1. Wofford 9-3 (May 8, 2013)
2. Georgia 7-2
3. Georgia 7-1
4. Georgia 8-3
5. Presbyterian 4-3
6. Saint Louis 7-3 (NCAA Tourney)
7. Liberty 19-3 (NCAA Tourney)
8. Liberty 6-4 (NCAA Tourney)
9. Bucknell 17-4 (2014 Season Opener)
10. Bucknell 12-2
11. Bucknell 12-0
12. Presbyterian 4-0
13. Eastern Kentucky 4-0
14. Eastern Kentucky 2-0
15. Eastern Kentucky 6-0
16. Clemson 9-6
17. Stetson 7-1
18. Stetson 4-2

Gamecocks Since Their Last Loss Against a Non-Conference Opponent in Carolina Stadium
* USC has won 30 straight games at Carolina Stadium against non-conference opponents. That includes the 2013 Columbia Regional. The last loss at Carolina Stadium for the Gamecocks against a non-conference opponent was against Liberty on February 17, 2013. Liberty defeated Carolina 3-2 in a seven inning game. That was the second game of a Sunday double header.
* USC has nine shutouts in the 30 games.
* Carolina has allowed four runs or less in 25 of the 30 games.
* USC has scored 10+ runs in 10 of the 30.

2014 Bucknell 7-1, 4-2
2014 Clemson 9-6
2014 Eastern Kentucky - 4-0, 2-0, 6-0
2014 Presbyterian - 4-0
2014 Bucknell - 17-4, 12-2, 12-0
2013 Liberty - 6-4 - Columbia Regional
2013 Liberty - 19-3 - Columbia Regional
2013 Saint Louis - 7-3 - Columbia Regional
2013 Presbyterian - 4-3
2013 Wofford - 9-3
2013 College of Charleston - 10-6
2013 The Citadel - 6-5
2013 Charleston Southern - 9-5
2013 Davidson - 12-4
2013 USC Upstate - 12-3
2013 Rider - 2-0, 9-5, 1-0
2013 Ball State - 10-0, 14-4
2013 Clemson - 8-0
2013 Furman - 5-2
2013 Albany - 8-3, 14-1, 6-4

Big Innings
In 9 of the 12 games this season, the Gamecocks have at least 1 inning where they scored at least 4 runs.

Bucknell - 6 runs in the 3rd and 6 runs in the 6th
Bucknell - 4 runs in the 8th
Bucknell - 4 runs in the 5th
Eastern Kentucky (Game 3) - 4 runs in the 3rd
Clemson - 4 runs in the 5th
Clemson - 5 runs in the 3rd and 5 runs in the 9th
Clemson - 4 runs in the 9th
Stetson - 4 runs in the 2nd
Stetson - 4 runs in the 7th

Something About the 4th
The 4th inning is the only inning that the Gamecocks have not scored in this season. Carolina has allowed 20 runs this season and their opponents have scored five runs in the 4th. That is the most of any inning.

Longest Winning Streaks to Start the Season (Before 1st Loss of Season)
2000 - 22
2004 - 18
2001 - 13
1980 - 13
1975 - 13
2014 - 12
1994 - 12
1974 - 12
2005 - 10
2012 - 9
2002 - 9
1987 - 9
1984 - 9
1982 - 9
1966 - 9
1931 - 9
2011 - 8
2009 - 8
1991 - 8

Gamecock Bullpen Last Weekend Versus Clemson
9 innings pitched
4 hits allowed
0 runs allowed
3 walks
11 strikeouts

More on the USC Relief Pitchers
The USC relief pitchers have not allowed a run since the season opener against Bucknell. Bucknell scored three runs in the 9th inning in the series opener.

Opponent IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO
Bucknell 4.0-6-4-4-3-5
Bucknell 4.0-2-0-0-1-7
Bucknell 2.2-1-0-0-0-5
Presb. 3.2-2-0-0-0-5
EKU 2.0-0-0-0-1-4
EKU 1.2-0-0-0-0-2
EKU 2.2-3-0-0-1-5
Clemson 3.2-1-0-0-1-6
Clemson 3.0-0-0-0-2-2
Clemson 2.1-3-0-0-0-3
Stetson 4.0-1-0-0-1-3
Stetson 6.2-5-0-0-2-6

Some Individual Gamecock Player Notes

Grayson Greiner
* Last season, Greiner went 4 for 11 with one double and two runs batted in against the Tigers. This season he went 4 for 10 with 5 runs batted in.
* Leads the team with 3 home runs and 18 RBIs.
* Batted either 5th or 6th in the lineup.
* Played in all 12 games with 11 starts.

Logan Koch
* Got his first start on Wednesday against Stetson. He went 2 for 3.
* Played in 5 games.

Connor Bright
* 12 game hit streak.
* Leads the team with .444 batting average and second on the team with 14 RBIs
* Started all 12 games in Right Field.
* Has batted either 5th or 6th in the lineup.

Kyle Martin
* Second on the team with a .405 batting average
* Reached base in 11 of the 12 games this season.
* Hit cleanup in all 12 games.

Marcus Mooney
* 6 game hit streak
* Hitting .310 with 4 doubles on the season.
* Has 3 of Carolina's 10 fielding errors.
* Reached base in 7 consecutive games.

Joey Pankake
* Started all 12 games. Has 6 starts in Left Field and 6 at Third Base.
* Leads the team with 17 runs scored.
* Hit in the 3 spot in all 12 games.

Tanner English
* 6 game hit streak
* Started all 12 games in centerfield.
* Hitting .326 with 1 homer and 10 RBIs.

Weber Pike
* Went 1 for 2 with 2 runs batted in against Stetson on Wednesday. The 2 run single in the 7th inning gave the Gamecocks a 4-2 lead.
* Played in 3 games.

Jordan Montgomery
* 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA on the season.
* Allowed 15 hits, 6 runs while striking out 17 with 8 walks in 17.1 innings pitched.
* Last Friday night against Clemson he pitched 5.1 allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, and 7 hits. He struck out 9 while walking 5.
* His previous high for walks in a game was 3.

Jack Wynkoop
* 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA.
* Leads the team with 19 strikeouts.
* Pitched 6.0 innings against Clemson last Saturday. He allowed 2 runs on 9 hits and struck out 3 while walking 1.

Wil Crowe
* 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA.
* Leads the team with 19.1 innings pitched.
* Has 12 strikeouts to 2 walks.
* Opponent's batting average is .185.
* Pitched 6.2 innings allowing 3 runs on 8 hits against Clemson on Sunday. He struck out 2 batters and walked none.

Hunter Privette
* Picked up the win on Wednesday against Stetson to go 1-0 on the season.
* It was his second career win. He picked up the win at Furman on March 20, 2012.

Cody Mincey
* Leads the Gamecocks with 8 appearances.
* 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Struck out 17 with 2 walks and allowed 4 hits in 10 innings of work.
* Both wins came against Clemson last weekend. In 2 games he combined for 4.2 innings pitched allowing 3 hits, and no runs while striking out 7 with 1 walk.

Josh Reagan
* 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA.
* Has 9 strikeouts to no walks on the season.
* Allowed 1 run, no earned runs, and 10 hits in 8.2 innings pitched.

Joel Seddon
* Has 4 saves on the season.
* Appeared in 7 games this season.
* Has 13 strikeouts to 2 walks in 8.2 innings of work.

Vince Fiori
* Appeared in 5 games with a total of 5.2 innings pitched.
* Allowed 7 hits with no runs while striking out 7 with 2 walks.

Scouting Brown
* The Friday night game is the 2014 season opener for Brown.
* Finished 7-33 in 2013.
* Went 1-22 in road games in 2013.

Anthony Galan
* 2-5 with a 4.77 ERA
* Had 38 strikeouts to 21 walks.
* Had 4 complete games.

Dave St. Lawrence
* 1-6 with a 7.30 ERA
* Had 32 strikeouts to 20 walks.

Lucas Whitehill
* 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA
* Appeared in 12 games totaling 32 innings pitched.
* Had 26 strikeouts to 18 walks.

Kevin Guthrie
* 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA
* Pitched in 14 games totaling 15 innings pitched.
* Had 10 strikeouts to 7 walks.

Eddie Fitzpatrick
* 2-1 with a 7.40 ERA
* Appeared in 14 games totaling 20.2 innings pitched.
* Had 28 strikeouts to 8 walks.

Taylor Wright
* Appeared in 14 games with an 0-2 record and 7.88 ERA
* Pitched 16 innings with 11 walks and 6 strikeouts

Chris Smith
*Appeared in 10 games with an 0-2 record and 7.94 ERA
*Pitched 22.2 innings and struck out 13 while walking 12.

Austin French
*Appeared in 12 games with an 0-3 record and 6.39 ERA.
*Struck out 13 and walked 7 in 12.2 innings pitched.

Dan Kerr
*First Base
*Ranked second on the team with a .465 slugging percentage in 2013
*Hit .256 with 1 homer and 7 RBIs.

J.J. Franco
*Second Base
*Hit .194 with 2 homers and 10 RBIs.

Tim McKeithan
*Shortstop
*Hit .317 with 6 RBIs.

Nick Fornaca
*Third Base
*Hit .200 with 1 RBI

Wes Van Boom
*Catcher
*39 starts in 2013
*Hit .248 with 3 home runs and 19 runs batted in.

Daniel Massey
*Left Field
*Led the Bears with 4 home runs in 2013
*Hit .303 in 2013.

Will Marcal
*Right Field
*Led Brown in batting average, hits, RBIs, and runs scored in 2013




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