Notes and Quotes: Furman
--Holbrook shuffled around the lineup after dropping the series against Georgia last weekend. TJ Hopkins started in center, Alex Destino moved to DH, DTW moved to left field and LT Tolbert moved to second base.
--Matt Williams started at first Wednesday. It was his third start of the season but his first at first base.
--Gene Cone tripled to right field in the fourth inning. That extends his hitting streak to 24 games and his on base streak to 27 games.
--Dom Thompson-Williams had three doubles Wednesday, tying a school record.
--Announced attendance was 4,240.
--Six of the teams first 11 hits were doubles.
--TJ Hopkins went 4-for-5 with a walk, double and two RBI. It was a career-high in hits for the freshman.
--Marcus Mooney was tended to by trainers in the fourth inning after sliding into first base after overshooting the bag rounding it. Holbrook said he re-aggravated his hip pointer injury and should be ready to go by the weekend.
--Taylor Widener pitched 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on six hits. He tied a career-high with seven strikeouts.
--South Carolina had their leadoff hitter reach base in six of the nine innings. They had a base runner in every inning.
TJ Hopkins on starting in centerfield: “Coach Holbrook came up to me right after BP and said ‘You want to play today?’ And I mean of course I want to play today. So he joked around with it and I figured out a little bit later I was starting in center. I like playing in center.”
Dom Thompson-Williams on the team’s confidence: “We’re all staying positive about it and we’re coming in everyday ready to work. And it’s good we’re not playing 100 percent right now. Come June is when we want to play our best baseball, and we believe in that.”
Marcus Mooney on his injury: ““It didn’t feel good. It’s kind of like a dead arm, dead leg when you get that. It was very painful. I just had to wear it for a minute or two and it felt normal.”
Holbrook on Mooney’s injury: “I was worried about it being a hamstring. On my way to first base I hoped and prayed it was his hip pointer. That’s something that really hurt over the weekend and that’s all it was.”
Mooney on taking the thought process out of hitting: “We’re just having fun out there. You cant think too much out there or you’re out before you even go in there.”