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May 20, 2014

Kershaw's Corner: SEC Tournament



SEC Tournament
The Gamecocks will play the winner of the Mississippi State vs. Georgia game on Wednesday. USC did not play Mississippi State this season while they dropped two of three to Georgia in Athens.

Gamecocks versus Georgia
* Carolina leads the series 62-51
* Georgia defeated Carolina 3-1 and 5-3 while the Gamecocks took the second game of the series 5-2.

Gamecocks versus Mississippi State
* USC leads the series 36-29.
* In 2013, Mississippi State won two of three in Starkville and then defeated the Gamecocks 5-3 in the SEC Tournament.

2014 SEC Tournament Field and How The Gamecocks Did Against Them in the Regular Season
1. Florida - Lost 2 of 3 (4-1, 3-4(13), 5-6)
2. Ole Miss - Won 2 of 3 (4-6, 5-4(10), 3-1)
3. LSU - did not play
4. South Carolina
5. Mississippi State - did not play
6. Vanderbilt - Won 2 of 3 (4-3(10), 3-9, 6-3)
7. Arkansas - Lost 2 of 3 (2-1, 1-4, 0-7)
8. Alabama - Won 2 of 3 (9-3, 1-2, 9-3)
9. Kentucky - Lost 2 of 3 (5-13, 1-2, 8-3)
10. Texas A&M - did not play
11. Tennessee - Sweep (3-2(14), 9-6, 8-0)
12. Georgia - Lost 2 of 3 (1-3, 5-2, 3-5)

More Notes versus the Field
* USC played 8 of the 11 teams that are in the 2014 SEC Tournament.
* Carolina did not play LSU, Mississippi State and Texas A&M in the regular season.
* USC won the weekend series against Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Tennessee. The series against Ole Miss, Alabama, and Tennessee were played at Carolina Stadium while the series against Vanderbilt was played in Nashville.
* The Gamecocks lost the weekend series to Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Georgia. Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky were all on the road while the series against Florida was at Carolina Stadium.

Winning At Least One in the SEC Tournament
* Carolina has won at least one game in the SEC Tournament in 12 of the last 14 years. (2010 and 2013)
* The last time USC won at least two games in the tournament was in 2007.
* In 2004, USC won the SEC Tournament. That is the only time they have won the tourney.

Overall in the SEC Tournament
* USC is 25-39 overall in the SEC Tournament.
* The Gamecocks were 14-8 in the tournament from 2000 to 2004.
* The most wins in a single SEC tournament for the Gamecocks is four coming in 2002 and 2004.

Consistency in the SEC Regular Season
* Gamecocks finished SEC play with an 18-12 record. They were 17-12 in 2013 and 18-11 in 2012.
* USC has a .500 SEC record or better in 17 consecutive seasons. The last time Carolina failed to reach .500 or better in SEC play was in 1997 when they went 13-17.
* Over the last 17 seasons, the Gamecocks average 18 SEC wins per season.

1997 - 13-17
1998 - 19-10
1999 - 15-15
2000 - 25-5
2001 - 17-13
2002 - 21-8
2003 - 19-11
2004 - 17-13
2005 - 16-14
2006 - 15-15
2007 - 17-13
2008 - 15-15
2009 - 17-13
2010 - 21-9
2011 - 22-8
2012 - 18-11
2013 - 17-12
2014 - 18-12

Something to Keep In Mind This Season
Gamecocks had 43 wins (63 games) in 2013. Despite the injuries this season, Carolina has 42 (56 games) entering the 2014 SEC Tournament.

40 Wins
The Gamecocks have at least 40 wins in 15 consecutive seasons. The last time USC failed to reach 40 wins was in 1999 when they went 35-23.

1999 - 35-23
2000 - 56-10 - Reached 40th win in regular season.
2001 - 49-20 - Reached 40th win in regular season.
2002 - 57-18 - Reached 40th win in regular season.
2003 - 45-22 - Reached 40th win in NCAA Tournament.
2004 - 53-17 - Reached 40th win in regular season.
2005 - 41-23 - Reached 40th win in NCAA Tournament.
2006 - 41-25 - Reached 40th win in NCAA Tournament.
2007 - 46-20 - Reached 40th win in regular season.
2008 - 40-23 - Reached 40th win in NCAA Tournament.
2009 - 40-23 - Reached 40th win in NCAA Tournament.
2010 - 54-16 - Reached 40th win in regular season.
2011 - 55-14 - Reached 40th win in regular season.
2012 - 49-20 - Reached 40th in SEC Tournament.
2013 - 43-20 - Reached 40th in NCAA Tournament.
2014 - 42-14 - Reached 40th win in regular season.

The Pattern in Nashville (2010, 2012 and 2014 games at Vandy)
* Gamecocks won the rubber match at Vanderbilt in 2010, 2012, and 2014. They won the first game in each of those series while VU won the 2nd.
* In two of the three openers, USC won the game by one run. They won by five in 2012. (8-3)
* Vanderbilt won the second game of the series by six or more runs. They scored at least eight runs in all three of the middle games.
* USC won the rubber game of the series by three runs or less.

2010 Game 1 - SC 3-2 - Game 2 Vandy 8-2 - Game 3 SC 2-0
2012 Game 1 - SC 8-3 - Game 2 Vandy 12-4 - Game 3 SC 6-4(13)
2014 Game 1 - SC 4-3(10) - Game 2 Vandy 9-3 - Game 3 SC 6-3

Getting More Than Three…..I Doubt It
* The Carolina pitching staff has allowed three runs or less in 16 of their last 18 games.
* The Gamecock ERA on the season is 2.15.
* Allowed 4 runs or more in 15 games. Lost 11 of the 15.

Opponents Scoring More than Three :
Bucknell 4
Clemson 6
Ole Miss 6 L
Ole Miss 4
Kentucky 13 L
Tennessee 6
Arkansas 4 L
Arkansas 7 L
Florida 4 L
Florida 6 L
Charleston Southern 4 L
The Citadel 10 L
Auburn 4 L
Georgia 5 L
Vanderbilt 9 L

7
In 2013, Adam Westmoreland, Nolan Belcher, and Jack Wynkoop led the Gamecocks with seven wins on the season. This season, Jordan Montgomery is tied with Jack Wynkoop and Wil Crowe with seven wins on the season. Montgomery, Wynkoop and Crowe are your weekend starters.

Striking Out 13 Commodores
Wil Crowe and Joel Seddon combined to strike out 13 Commodores on Saturday. That is the most strikeouts in a game since USC struck out 13 Razorbacks on April 4. The season high for the pitching staff is 15 against Clemson on February 28. Carolina also struck out 13 on February 15th versus Bucknell.

Leaving Runners on Base
Vanderbilt 34 - Won 2 of 3
Florida 33 - Lost 2 of 3
Tennessee 29 - Sweep
Ole Miss 27 - Won 2 of 3
Missouri 24 - Sweep
Alabama 23 - Won 2 of 3
Georgia 22 - Lost 2 of 3
Kentucky 20 - Lost 2 of 3
Auburn 19 - Won 2 of 3
Arkansas 18 - Lost 2 of 3

*Three of the four fewest games for leaving runners on base came in series that the Gamecocks lost. (Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas) All three of those series were on the road.

2013 Statistical Leaders Compared to 2014 Statistical Leaders
* LB Dantzler led the Gamecocks in RBIs with 53 in 2013. (61 games) This season, Grayson Greiner leads the team with 50. (54 games)
* Joey Pankake led the Gamecocks with 74 hits in 2013. (62 games) This season, Kyle Martin leads the team with 74. (56 games) Martin had 23 hits in 2013.
* Max Schrock led the Gamecocks in stolen bases with 14. Tanner English leads the team this season with 17. English had nine in 2013.
* LB Dantzler led the team in 2013 with 46 runs scored. (61 games) Joey Pankake leads the team this season with 48. (52 games)

Closing Time
Joel Seddon has 14 saves on the season and Cody Mincey has one. Those two have been a dynamic duo closing games this season. The two combine to allow five runs and 40 hits in 71.2 innings of work. They also combine for 89 strikeouts and 23 walks. They've allowed three extra base hits. All three were doubles.

Comparing Tyler Webb 2013 to Joel Seddon in 2014
Webb 1.47 ERA - 3-3 - 32 app. - 17 Saves - 43 IP - 33 H - 9 R - 7 ER - 14 BB - 60 K
Seddon 0.52 ERA - 3-1 - 24 app. - 14 Saves - 37.1 IP - 20 H - 3 R - 2 ER - 9 BB - 46 K

Jordan Montgomery
* 7-4 overall with a 3.26 ERA in 14 starts.
* Leads the team with 85 strikeouts on the season.
* Pitched at least seven innings in six of his last seven starts. (6.1 vs. Alabama on 4-25-14)
* Has at least eight strikeouts in five of his last seven starts.

Jack Wynkoop
* 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 15 appearances with 14 starts.
* Has 57 strikeouts to 10 walks.
* Allowed 84 hits in 83.2 innings of work.
* Second on the team with 83.2 innings pitched.

Wil Crowe
* 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA on the year. His last two wins came against Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Crowe is from the state of Tennessee.
* Last 2 starts: 8 hits & 4 runs allowed in 14 IP. He has struck out 13 and walked 1.
* Crowe pitched 7 innings at Vandy. That is the most he has pitched in a road game this season. His previous high was 6.2 at Clemson.
* Crowe tied his career high with 9 strikeouts on Saturday against Vanderbilt. He also had 9 against Brown.
* Allowed 72 hits and 32 runs in 82.2 innings.
* Has 55 strikeouts to 19 walks.
* Third on the team with 82.2 innings pitched.

Joel Seddon
* 3-1 with a 0.48 ERA in 24 appearances.
* Has 14 saves on the season.
* Allowed three runs and 20 hits in 37.1 innings pitched.
* Has 46 strikeouts to nine walks.

Cody Mincey
* 5-0 with a 0.52 ERA in 27 appearances.
* Allowed two runs and 20 hits in 34.1 innings.
* Has 43 strikeouts to 14 walks.
* Has not allowed a run since April 12 against Florida. He has appeared in nine games since then.

Josh Reagan
* 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA in 13 appearances with one start.
* Allowed three runs and 24 hits in 25 innings of work.
* Only one of the three runs allowed are earned.
* Has 21 strikeouts to four walks.

Vince Fiori
* 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 15 appearances.
* Allowed two runs and 12 hits in 18.1 innings.
* Has 18 strikeouts to nine walks.
* Both of his runs allowed came on March 29 against Tennessee. Both runs were unearned.

Reed Scott
* 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in 12 appearances with three starts.
* Allowed four runs and 27 hits in 39.2 innings.
* Has 30 strikeouts to eight walks.
* Pitched a career high seven innings against The Citadel on May 13, 2014.

Taylor Widener
* 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 19 appearances with two starts..
* Allowed six runs and 19 hits in 31.2 innings.
* Has 32 strikeouts to 11 walks.

Grayson Greiner
* Third on the team with a .333 batting average.
* Leads the team in doubles (12), home runs (8), runs batted in (50), total bases (100), and slugging percentage (.521).
* Made 52 starts in 54 games played.
* Has reached base in 18 consecutive games.
* Leads the team with 13 multiple RBI games.
* Led the team with a .327 batting average in SEC play.

Kyle Martin
* Kyle Martin went 7 of 14 at Vanderbilt with two RBIs and one run scored.
* Second on the team with a .335 batting average.
* Leads the team with 74 hits.
* Has four home runs and 32 RBIs on the year.
* Started all 56 regular season games.
* Leads the team with 22 multiple hit games.

Joey Pankake
* Went 5 for 12 with 4 RBIs and 1 run scored at Vanderbilt this past weekend.
* Hitting .312 with five homers and 29 RBIs.
* Leads the team with 48 runs scored.
* Tied for second on the team with 10 doubles.
* Has 27 walks to 19 strikeouts.
* Has an eight game hitting streak entering the 2014 SEC Tournament.

Tanner English
* Started all 56 games regular season games.
* Hitting .278 with eight doubles, one triple, one homer and 23 RBIs.
* Leads the team with 17 stolen bases. The rest of the team combined has 24.

Max Schrock
* Hitting .275 with five homers and 18 RBIs.
* Has 29 starts in 30 games played.

Marcus Mooney
* Hitting .275 with 10 doubles, one triple and 20 RBIs.
* Leads the team with 10 hit by pitches.
* Started 51 games in 52 games played.

DC Arendas
* Hitting .273 with four home runs and 26 RBIs.
* On base percentage is .371.

Elliott Caldwell
* Hitting .254 with five doubles and 14 runs batted in.
* Made 35 starts in 39 games played.
* Stole four bases in six attempts.

Gene Cone
* Hitting .216 with three doubles, one triple and 18 runs batted in.
* Made 24 starts in 39 games played.
* OB% is .355.

Jordan Gore
* Hitting .228 with two homers and five runs batted in.
* Has 13 starts in 30 games played.



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