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April 18, 2014

Kershaw's Corner: Auburn

The Series - South Carolina vs. Auburn
* South Carolina leads the overall series 41-19.
* The Gamecocks have won the last eight meetings between the two teams.
* Last time playing: Carolina swept the Tigers in Auburn in 2012 and then defeated them in Hoover at the SEC Baseball Tournament.
* Since 1998, Carolina has won 35 of the 44 meetings.
* The Tigers have not won a weekend series against the Gamecocks since 1997.

Weekend Series Between Carolina and Auburn Since 1998

1998 South Carolina swept the Tigers in Auburn.
1999 South Carolina swept the Tigers in Columbia.
2000 South Carolina swept the Tigers in Auburn.
2001 South Carolina won two of three in Columbia.
2004 South Carolina won two of three in Auburn.
2005 South Carolina won two of three in Columbia.
2006 South Carolina won two of three in Auburn.
2007 South Carolina won two of three in Columbia.
2008 South Carolina swept Auburn in Auburn.
2009 South Carolina won two of three in Columbia.
2010 South Carolina won two of three in Auburn.
2011 South Carolina swept Auburn in Columbia.
2012 South Carolina swept Auburn in Auburn.

The Race for the SEC
* Carolina is 8-7 and trails Florida (9-6) by a game in the SEC East race.
* Alabama is 10-5 and has the best overall SEC record. Ole Miss is second in the West with a 9-6 mark.
* Gamecocks play Alabama next weekend in Columbia.
* Georgia plays at Florida this weekend while Alabama is at Tennessee.

How are the SEC Opponents that Carolina has played doing?
Ole Miss 9-6 (South Carolina won 2 of 3)
At Kentucky 7-8 (Kentucky won 2 of 3)
Tennessee 6-9 (South Carolina sweep)
At Arkansas 7-8 (Arkansas won 2 of 3)
Florida 9-6 (Florida won 2 of 3)

Rest of The SEC Schedule for the Gamecocks
At Auburn 6-9
Alabama 10-5
At Georgia 7-7
Missouri 6-9
At Vanderbilt 7-8

Gamecocks at the Halfway Point of SEC Play Since 2010
2010 - 11-4
2011 - 12-3
2012 - 8-7
2013 - 8-7
2014 - 8-7

Gamecocks and Gators
* The Gamecocks are 178-36 at Carolina Stadium since the stadium opened in 2009.
* Carolina played Florida in Columbia in 2010, 2012, and 2014. The Gators have won all three of the series. (2 of 3 in 2010, 2 of 3 in 2012, and 2 of 3 in 2014)
* Since USC defeated Florida to win the 2011 National Championship in Omaha, the Gators have won eight of the 11 meetings. Seven of the eight wins for the Gators are in the regular season while the other came in the 2012 SEC Tournament. USC has won two games in Columbia (2012 and 2014) and one in Omaha in 2012.

Losing At Least Three In A Row Since 2010

2014 - Florida (3-4), Florida (5-6), Charleston Southern (1-4), and The Citadel (8-10)
2013 - Mississippi State (2-7), Mississippi State (3-5), and Vanderbilt (3-4)
2013 - Florida (2-3), Florida (3-4), and Florida (5-14)
2013 - Arkansas (3-15), Arkansas (2-4), and Arkansas (3-5)
2012 - Kentucky (3-4), Kentucky (3-4), and Kentucky (3-6)
2011 - Longest losing streak was two.
2010 - Longest losing streak was two.

* The Gamecocks lost four in a row in 2009.
* Clemson (2-12), Florida (4-9), Florida (3-8), and Florida (5-9)
* The last time USC lost five in a row was in 1997.

Loss to Charleston Southern at Carolina Stadium
The loss snapped a 37 game win streak at Carolina Stadium for the Gamecocks against non-conference opponents. That includes the 2013 Columbia Regional. The last loss prior to Charleston Southern at Carolina Stadium against a non-conference opponent was versus 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.

2014 Charleston Southern 1-4
2014 Appalachian State 2-1
2014 Coastal Carolina 4-0
2014 College of Charleston 4-2
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

Losing to Charleston Southern and The Citadel
* Gamecocks are 20-2 against non-conference opponents this season.
* The two losses are the first non-conference regular season games they lost back to back since doing it in 2012 against Francis Marion (4-5) and College of Charleston (3-4). Both of those games were played on the road and were played surrounding an SEC series against Mississippi State.
* The last time USC lost back-to-back non-conference games without an SEC game in between was in 2011 when Carolina lost game three of the series to CSU Bakersfield 8-3 in Columbia and then lost 4-2 to Furman in Greenville.

Gamecocks and The Citadel
* The 10-8 loss to The Citadel was Carolina's first to the Bulldogs since losing 2-0 on April 12, 2011 in Charleston.
* The eight runs are the most by the Gamecocks in a regular season loss since they scored eight in a 16-8 loss to Wofford on March 11, 2009. Postseason - The Gamecocks scored nine in 10-9 loss to ECU in the Greenville, North Carolina Regional on June 1, 2009.
* The Gamecocks and Bulldogs meet again on May 13th in Columbia.

Allowing 10 or More Runs in a Game
* The Citadel scored 10 runs on Wednesday night against the Gamecocks. It is the second time this season that an opponent managed to produce 10 or more runs against the USC pitching staff. The last game that it happened was at Kentucky on March 21 when the Wildcats defeated Carolina 13-5. Both of those games were on the road.
* Two opponents scored at least 10 against Carolina in 2013. (Arkansas and at Florida)
* The last time a non-conference opponent did it was in 2011 when Clemson defeated USC 10-5 on March 6 in Clemson.

Allowing 10 or More Hits
* The Gamecock pitching staff has allowed 10 or more hits in five of their last seven games including the last four.
* USC pitching staff allowed 10 or more hits in four of the first 30 games of the 2014 season.

Leaving Gamecocks on Base
* In the last four games, USC has left 47 players on base.
* They have left at least eight players on base in each of those four games. (16 vs. Florida, 12 vs. Florida, 8 vs. Charleston Southern, and 11 at The Citadel)

Montgomery In His Last Two Starts
In the last two starts (at Arkansas and Florida), Jordan Montgomery is 2-0 in 14 innings pitched allowing 11 hits and two runs. Both of the runs were earned. He struck out 17 while walking four.

The two prior starts he was 0-2 (Ole Miss, and at Arkansas) and combined to pitch eight innings allowing 15 runs on 16 hits. He walked four while striking out seven.

USC Individual Player Notes

Jordan Montgomery
* Pitched at least seven innings in three games this season including his last two starts.
* 5-2 with 3.48 ERA in nine starts.
* Leads the team with 55 strikeouts.
* Opponents are hitting .250 against him this season.

Jack Wynkoop
* 5-2 record with a 2.33 ERA in 10 appearances with nine starts.
* Second on the team with 44 strikeouts.
* Has 44 strikeouts to eight walks.
* In his last two starts (at Arkansas and Florida) he has combined to pitch 13.2 innings allowing five runs on nine hits. Only two of the five runs were earned.

Wil Crowe
* 6-2 with a 2.13 ERA in nine starts.
* Leads the team with six wins.
* Leads the team with 55 innings pitched.
* He has allowed 17 runs, 13 earned on 49 hits.
* Opponents are hitting .246 against him.
* Has 33 strikeouts to 10 walks.
* Allowed five runs in each of his last two starts. However, only four of the five at Arkansas were earned while two of the five were earned by the Gators.
* He has pitched at least 5.1 innings in eight of his nine starts this season.

Cody Mincey
* 2-0 with one save and a 0.82 ERA in 19 appearances.
* The 19 appearances leads the team.
* He has allowed two runs on 11 hits in 22.0 innings pitched.
* Struck out 32 to 10 walks.
* Both of his wins this season came against Clemson in relief.

Joel Seddon
* 1-1 with nine saves and a 0.38 ERA in 15 appearances.
* Allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits in 24 innings of work.
* He has struck out 32 and walked six.
* Both of the runs he allowed this season came against Florida in game two of the series.
* He pitched five innings against Florida on Saturday tying his career high of five against Furman and UNC Asheville in 2012. He started the 2012 games against Furman and UNC-A.

Reed Scott
* 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in eight appearances.
* Pitched 23 innings allowing three runs on 14 hits.
* Has 17 strikeouts to five walks.

Josh Reagan
* 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA in 10 appearances with one start.
* Pitched 20.2 innings allowing three runs, one earned on 20 hits.
* Has 20 strikeouts to three walks.

Taylor Widener
* 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 13 appearances with two starts.
* Pitched 23 innings allowing four runs, three earned on 15 hits.
* Has 21 strikeouts to eight walks.
* Hitting .130 (3 for 23) with two RBIs.

Connor Bright
* Played in 35 games with 34 starts.
* Hitting .336 with 10 doubles and 23 runs batted in.
* The 10 doubles leads the team.
* Did not play against The Citadel and Charleston Southern.

Kyle Martin
* Started all 37 games this season.
* Leads the team with a .340 batting average.
* Has seven doubles, four homers and 22 RBIs.
* Has the best slugging percentage on the team with players who have at least 88 at bats this season. (.472)
* Leads the team with 16 multiple hit games.
* Heads into the weekend with a six game hitting streak. His longest hitting streak of the season is nine.
* Fielding percentage is .997.

Joey Pankake
* Started all 33 games that he has played in.
* Hitting .325 with six doubles, three homers and 19 runs batted in.
* Leads the team with 35 runs scored.

Grayson Greiner
* Played in 35 games with 33 starts.
* Hitting .309 with six doubles, four homers and 34 RBIs.
* The 34 RBIs leads the team.
* Leads the team with 17 walks.
* Leads the team with nine multiple RBI games.

Tanner English
* Started all 37 games.
* Hitting .291 with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 19 RBIs.
* Leads the team with eight stolen bases on 10 attempts.

Marcus Mooney
* Played in 35 games with 34 starts.
* Hitting .291 with seven doubles, one triple and 15 runs batted in.
* Did not play against Charleston Southern and The Citadel.
* Has nine fielding errors on the season in 157 chances.
* Fielding percentage is .943.

Elliott Caldwell
* Started at 3B on Tuesday versus Charleston Southern.
* Played in 34 games with 31 starts.
* Hitting .270 with five doubles and 12 RBIs.
* Reached on base in six straight games.

Max Schrock
* Started at 3B on Wednesday at The Citadel.
* Has 24 starts in 25 games played.
* Hitting .239 with two doubles, five home runs and 13 RBIs.
* The five homers leads the team.

DC Arendas
* Has 28 starts in 33 games played.
* Started at SS on Wednesday at The Citadel. Also started at SS on Tuesday vs. Charleston Southern.
* Hitting .245 with three doubles, four homers and 15 RBIs.
* Fielding percentage is .981.

Brison Celek
* The home run on Wednesday at The Citadel was his first of the season and the second of his career. His first home run was on April 7, 2013 against Tennessee.
* Hitting .224 on the season with four doubles, one homer and six RBIs.

Gene Cone
* Played in 21 games with six starts.
* He has three starts in left field and three starts in right field.
* In his six starts, he has bat either first, second, eighth or ninth in the lineup.
* Started in the leadoff position in two games this season. (Charleston Southern and Citadel)
* Hitting .107 (3 for 28) with one double and two RBIs.
* Scored eight runs.

Jordan Gore
* Played in 17 games with six starts.
* All six of his starts are at 2B.
* Hit in the eight spot in five of his starts while the other came in the nine spot.
* Hitting .161 (5 for 31) with two home runs and three RBIs.
* Fielding percentage is .944.

Weber Pike
* Has two starts in nine games played.
* Hitting .333 (5 for 15) with three RBIs.

Scouting Auburn
* The Tigers are 21-17 overall and 6-9 in SEC play.
* 15-8 in home games this season.
* Nine of their 17 losses this season they scored two or fewer runs.
* Lost nine of their last 12 games including their last three games.
* Pitching staff has allowed seven homers this season.
* Scored three runs or less in seven of their last nine SEC games.

Jordan Ebert
* Has 35 starts in 37 games played.
* Leads the Tigers with a .370 batting average.
* Has 51 hits including four extra base hits (3 doubles and 1 triple)
* Tied for the team lead with 22 runs batted in.
* Has five stolen bases.
* Leads the team with 51 hits.
* Has at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games including six straight.

Ryan Tella
* Has 35 starts in 35 games played.
* Hitting .367 with three home runs and 14 runs batted in.
* Tied for the team lead with 11 stolen bases.
* Tied for the team lead with 63 total bases.

Damek Tomscha
* Has 35 starts in 36 games played.
* Leads the team with five home runs.
* Tied for the team lead with 22 runs batted in.
* Has the best on base percentage among the everyday players with a .451
* Has reached base nine times by hit by a pitch.
* Leads the team with 25 runs scored.
* Tied for the team lead with seven doubles.
* Tied for the team lead with 63 total bases.

Blake Austin
* Has 33 starts in 37 games played.
* Batting .281 with one homer and 22 RBIs.
* Reached on base 10 by being hit by a pitch.
* Tied for the team lead with seven doubles.

Damon Hecker
* Only Tiger to start all 38 games this season.
* Hitting .274 with four doubles and 14 RBIs.
* Leads the team with 21 walks and 12 hit by pitches.
* Stolen nine bases in 14 attempts.
* Has made 10 fielding errors. Leads the team.
* Has a 10 game hitting streak.

Daniel Robert
* Hitting .273 with three doubles, one triple and nine runs batted in.
* Played in 34 games with 29 starts.
* Second on the team with 15 walks.

Anfernee Grier
* Hitting .271 with four doubles and seven RBIs.
* Played in 29 games with 21 starts.
* Stole five bases on the season.

Connor Short
* Played in 24 games with 18 starts.
* Hitting .269 with one double and eight runs batted in.
* Has nine stolen bases in 10 attempts.

Dan Glevenyak
* Started 32 games in 33 games played.
* Hitting .231 with one homer and seven runs batted in.
* Has 11 stolen bases in 13 attempts.
* Has made eight fielding errors this season.
* Has three doubles, and one triple.

Keegan Thompson
* Hitting .227 with one double and nine runs batted in.
* Played in 27 games with 23 starts.
* 5-2 record with a 1.72 ERA in 10 appearances with eight starts.
* Leads the team with 62.2 innings pitched.
* Leads the team with 51 strikeouts.
* Allowed 15 runs, 12 earned, on 38 hits.
* Has not allowed a triple or home run this season.
* Opponents are hitting .174 against him this season.
* Has one save on the season.

Dillon Ortman
* 6-2 on the season with a 2.02 ERA in nine starts
* Second on the team with 62.1 innings pitched.
* Struck out 43 and has nine walks.
* Has not allowed a triple or home run this season.
* Opponents are hitting .229 against him this season.

Michael O'Neal
* 2-4 record with a 3.86 ERA in 11 appearances with seven starts.
* 46.2 innings allowing 23 runs on 48 hits.
* Has 16 strikeouts to 18 walks.
* Opponents are hitting .276 against him this season.

Justin Camp
* 1-5 record with a 4.17 ERA in 11 appearances with six starts.
* Thrown 41.0 innings allowing 40 hits, 24 runs with 19 earned.
* Has one save on the season.

Terrance Dedrick
* 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 15 appearances with one start.
* Leads the team with three saves.
* Pitched 17.2 innings allowing 20 hits, 10 runs, seven earned.
* Has 15 strikeouts to seven walks.

Trey Cochran-Gill
* 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 17 appearances.
* The 17 appearances leads the team.
* Has 22.1 innings allowing 29 hits, 12 runs with nine earned.
* Struck out 13 with seven walks.

Jacob Milliman
* 0-0 with a 2.19 ERA in 10 appearances with one start.
* Thrown 12.1 innings allowing nine hits, six runs with three earned.
* Struck out 11 and walked six.

Jay Wade
* 3-1 record with a 2.96 ERA in 15 appearances.
* Thrown 27.1 innings allowing 23 hits, 10 runs, nine earned.
* Struck out 17 and walked three.

On Deck After Auburn
The Gamecocks return to Columbia for a five game home stand.

April 22 - Davidson
April 23 - USC Upstate
April 25-27 - Alabama


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