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March 13, 2014

Kershaw's Corner: Ole Miss

Gamecocks vs. Ole Miss

The Series
* USC leads the overall series 30-21.
* The two teams first met in 1994 and the last time they met was in 2011.
* Ole Miss has won four of the last five in the series.
* Ole Miss took two of the three games in Oxford in 2011. USC won the first game 6-1 and then Ole Miss took the next two games 10-2 and 7-6.
* This is the Rebels first trip to Columbia since 2010. USC won two of three in 2010. USC won the first game 5-0 and the second 9-5. Ole Miss avoided the sweep with a 5-4 win in the third game. USC and Ole Miss also faced each other in the 2010 SEC Tournament. The Rebels won that game 3-0.
* Gamecocks have won four of the last six against Ole Miss in Columbia.
* This is the first time since 1999 that the two teams will meet in March. If they met during the regular season the game was played in either April or May. The Gamecocks won two of the three in 1999 and that series was played in Columbia. The two teams also met in March in 1995, 1996, and 1997.

Baseball America Top 25
The SEC has seven teams ranked in the Baseball America Top 25. USC is ranked number one this week. The Gamecocks are scheduled to play four of the six SEC teams that are ranked. Carolina will play three of those four in the next three weekends.

South Carolina 1
Vanderbilt 7 (May 15-17 in Nashville)
LSU 8
Kentucky 20 (March 21-23 in Lexington)
Ole Miss 21 (March 14-16 in Columbia)
Tennessee 22 (March 28-30 in Columbia)
Mississippi State 24

Shutouts
The Gamecocks have 9 shutouts this season. They had 8 in 2013, 9 in 2012, 4 in 2011, and 8 in 2010. The USC record for shutouts in a season is 14 by the 1974 squad.

Game They Recorded Their Last Shutout

2014 - 9th shutout came in the 16th game of the season.
2013 - 8th shutout came in the 62nd game of the season.
2012 - 9th shutout came in the 66th game of the season.
2011 - 4th shutout came in the 30th game of the season.
2010 - 8th shutout came in the 50th game of the season.
1974 - 9th shutout came in the 26th game of the season and their 14th came in the 54th game.

Consecutive Shutouts
2014 5
1972 4
2014 4
1914 3
1919 2
1934 2
1971 2
1973 2
1974 2 (twice)
1975 2 (three times)
1976 2
1977 2 (twice)
1980 2
1987 2
2001 2 (three)
2004 2 (three)
2006 2
2009 2
2011 2
2012 2
2013 2

Innings Without Allowing a Run
Earlier this season, the Gamecock pitching staff did not allow a run in 51 consecutive innings. USC is currently on a streak of 42 straight innings without allowing a run. Carolina has not allowed a run since Stetson scored a run in the third inning on March 5.

Walks = Runs
The Gamecocks have walked 34 batters this season. USC walked five in the last two games combined after not walking a batter in the previous two games.

The top three games for walks this season are four to Bucknell in the opener, six to Clemson in the series opener, four to Stetson in game two, and four to Furman on Tuesday. Bucknell scored four runs while Clemson scored six. Stetson scored two while Furman did not score. 18 of the 34 walks came in those four games. USC has walked 16 batters in the remaining 12 games. 12 of the 20 runs that the Gamecocks have allowed this season came in those four games.

Furman had five hits in their game while the other three opponents had at least eight in their games against the Gamecocks.

Team ERA
The Gamecocks have 14 different players who have seen action on the mound this season. Only one of those players have an earned run average over 2.00. The team ERA entering this weekend is 1.12. The three weekend starters for the Gamecocks have the following earned run average:

Montgomery 1.99
Wynkoop 1.37
Crowe 0.99

Something About the Fourth
Carolina has outscored their opponents in every inning this season except for one. That inning is the fourth. USC has been outscored 5-2 in the 4th inning. The five runs are the most of any inning that an opponent has scored in this season. The next highest is three runs allowed in the second, third and ninth innings.

The two runs by Carolina in the fourth inning are the least scored in the nine innings. The second lowest total for runs in an inning is nine in the first and ninth inning.

In 2013, the ninth inning was the lowest run scoring inning for the Gamecocks with 21. The next lowest was the fourth with 32 runs. USC allowed 32 runs in the fourth which was the second highest to the seventh inning where they allowed 34.

No Place Like Home
Dating back to last season, the Gamecocks have won 22 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
19. Brown 13-0
20. Brown 8-0
21. Brown 1-0
22. Furman 5-0

Gamecocks Since Their Last Loss Against a Non-Conference Opponent in Carolina Stadium
* USC has won 34 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 13 shutouts in the 34 games.
* Carolina has allowed four runs or less in 29 of the 34 games.
* USC has scored 10+ runs in 11 of the 34.
* The next non-conference game at Carolina Stadium is on March 25th versus the College of Charleston.

2014 Furman 5-0
2014 Brown 13-0, 8-0, 1-0
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

Longest Winning Streaks to Start the Season (Before 1st Loss of Season)

2000 - 22 (Lost to Florida in 3rd game of the series in Columbia)
2004 - 18 (Lost to LSU in the 1st game of the series in Columbia)
2014 - 16
2001 - 13 (Lost to Clemson in Columbia)
1980 - 13 (Lost to Georgia Southern in Statesboro)
1975 - 13 (Lost to Stetson in Deland)

Connor Bright
* Started all 16 games.
* Leads the team with a .424 batting average and also leading the team with nine doubles.
* Entered the season with 10 career base on balls in his first two seasons at USC. This season he has eight walks.
* Had the longest hitting streak of any Gamecock this season with a hit in 13 straight.
* Tied for the team lead with seven multiple hit games.
* Longest streak of the season for reached base is 14 which is the longest by any Gamecock this season.

Grayson Greiner
* Hitting .370 with three home runs and 19 runs batted in this season.
* In 57 games in 2013, he had 38 runs batted in. He has 19 in 16 games played this season.
* He hit four home runs in 2013. He has three so far this season.
* Leads the team in runs scored this season with 19.
* Has reached base in four consecutive games. His longest streak of the season is 11.
* Tied for the team lead with seven multiple hit games.
* Leads the team with six multiple RBI games.

Kyle Martin
* One of three Gamecocks to start all 16 games this season.
* Tied for the team lead with three home runs on the season. He entered the season with three career home runs.
* Has 12 runs batted in on the year. He had 10 last season.
* Tied for the team lead with seven multiple hit games.
* Reached on base in four consecutive games. Had a streak of 11 straight.

Elliott Caldwell
* Batting .317 with eight runs batted in.
* Has 12 starts in 14 games played. 10 of the 12 starts in left field while the other two are at designated hitter.

Marcus Mooney
* Hitting .316 with 10 runs batted in.
* Tied for the team lead with seven multiple hit games.
* Has 15 starts in 16 games played. All 15 starts are at shortstop.
* Hit leadoff in 10 games. Hit in the eighth or ninth spot in the other five games.

Tanner English
* Started all 16 games in center field.
* Hitting .308 with one home run and 13 runs batted in.
* Tied for the team lead with three stolen bases.

Max Schrock
* Hitting .286 with two homers and six runs batted in.
* Missed the last four games due to an injury.
* Started 12 games with all 12 starts coming at second base.

DC Arendas
* Hitting .261 with two homers and 12 runs batted in.
* Played in 14 games with 13 starts.
* Has two starts at second, eight at third base, one at shortstop and two at designated hitter.

Joey Pankake
* Hitting .255 with one homer and six runs batted in.
* Started 14 games and missed the last two games due to an injury.
* Second on the team with 18 runs scored.

Brison Celek
* Played in 12 games with nine starts. All nine starts came at designated hitter.
* Hitting .235 with no homers and three runs batted in.

Jordan Gore
* First start of his career came on Sunday against Brown. Started at 2nd Base. Also got the start on Tuesday against Furman.
* Has one hit in 13 at bats this season.

Jordan Montgomery
* 3-0 on the season with a 1.99 ERA.
* Has four starts.
* Has 25 strikeouts to eight walks. The 25 strikeouts leads the team.
* Allowed six runs in 22.2 innings pitched. All six runs were allowed to Clemson.
* Five of the eight walks allowed were against Clemson.
* Has at least eight strikeouts in each of his last two starts.

Jack Wynkoop
* 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA.
* Allowed four runs, all earned in 26.1 innings pitched.
* Has 24 strikeouts to three walks.
* Pitched eight innings against Brown last week. That tied his career high of eight innings pitched against Kentucky in 2013.

Wil Crowe
* 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA.
* Has four starts.
* Leads the team with 27.1 innings pitched.
* Has 21 strikeouts to three walks.
* Allowed three runs on the season and all three came in the game at Clemson.
* Pitched at least 6.1 innings in each of his four starts.
* Opponents are hitting .176 against him.

Cody Mincey
* 2-0 in nine appearances and has 11 innings pitched.
* ERA is 0.00.
* The nine appearances leads the team.
* Has 18 strikeouts to two walks.

Joel Seddon
* Has five saves in eight appearances with a 0.00 ERA.
* Pitched 9.2 innings. Three of those innings came against Clemson on March 1.
* Has 13 strikeouts to two walks.

Inside the Numbers with Ole Miss
* 16-2 on the season and ranked 21st in Baseball America Top 25.
* Won 10 of their last 11 including the last five.
* Last two Friday night games went to extra innings. Chris Ellis started both of those games.
* Played in three extra innings games this season.

Ole Miss Offense
* Likes to run. They are 30 of 36 on stolen base attempts this season.
* Five players combine for the team's 12 home runs. Sikes Orvis and Will Allen are tied for the team lead with three while Auston Bousfield, Preston Overbey, and Will Jamison have two each.
* Auston Bousfield leads the team in hits, triples and runs scored.
* Bousfield, Anderson, and Allen are the only three Rebels to start all 18 games.
* Will Allen leads the Rebels with 23 runs batted in.
* Brantley Bell has 15 hits in 30 at bats.

Ole Miss Pitching
* Chris Ellis is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He has started four games and pitched 27.2 innings. Has allowed one run this season but none earned. Has 20 strikeouts to 10 walks. Has not allowed an extra base hit.
* Christian Trent is 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA. He has 25 strikeouts to one walk.
* Sam Smith is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA. He has 13 strikeouts to six walks.
* Thrown three shutouts this season.
* Allowed two runs or less in 11 of 18 games.

Ole Miss Fielding
* Fielding % is .982.
* Turned 15 double plays on the season.


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