USC-Georgia Baseball Preview
WHAT: South Carolina (28-6, 10-2 SEC) at Georgia (18-14, 4-8 SEC)
WHERE: Foley Field, Athens, Georgia
WHEN: Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.
RADIO/TV: Gamecock Radio Network (107.5 FM in Columbia with Andy Demetra and Tommy Moody); SEC Network Plus (Friday, Sunday)
Friday: USC Clarke Schmidt (So. RHP, 7-1, 1.77 ERA) vs. UGA Robert Tyler (Jr. RHP, 3-2, 2.78 ERA)
Saturday: USC Braden Webb (Fr. RHP, 7-1, 2.17 ERA) vs. UGA Connor Jones (Jr. LHP, 4-2, 5.73 ERA)
Sunday: USC Adam Hill (Fr. RHP, 5-0, 2.87 ERA) vs. UGA TBA
Gamecocks at Georgia ... USC leads the overall series 63-53 but the Bulldogs hold a 31-24 advantage in Athens. ... The Bulldogs have won four of the last six in the series. ... USC's last series win came in 2013 when it swept the Bulldogs in Columbia. ... USC’s last series win in Athens came in 2010.
Scouting Georgia ... The Bulldogs are 18-16 overall and 4-8 in SEC play. ... UGA has a team batting average of .253 and a team ERA of 4.51. ... Georgia has allowed 179 runs in 309 innings. USC has allowed 118 runs in 306 innings. ... Keegan McGovern leads the Dogs with 25 runs batted in and is tied for the team lead with five home runs. ... Stephen Wrenn leads UGA with eight stolen bases. ... Skyler Webb leads the team with a .318 batting average. ... Robert Tyler is 3-2 with 2.78 ERA. ... Connor Jones is 4-2 with a 5.73 ERA.
Gamecocks Played North Carolina on Wednesday ... The Tar Heels defeated the Gamecocks 15-0 on Wednesday in Charlotte. ... Wednesday night was the first meeting between the two teams since the 2013 Super Regional meeting in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels won two out of those three games to advance to Omaha. (5-6, 8-0, 4-5) ... The Gamecocks walked a season-high 10 batters and allowed a season-high 15 runs. USC walked 12 batters in the three game series against Tennessee. ... It was the second time this season that the Gamecocks were shutout. USC was shutout by Clemson on March 5. Both games were played at a neutral site.
Gamecocks in the Rankings ... South Carolina is ranked No. 2 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 5 by Baseball America and in the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 7 by the NCBWA and No. 8 by D1Baseball and Perfect Game.
Clarke Schmidt ... 7-1 with a 1.77 ERA in eight starts. ... Has 70 strikeouts to 10 walks in 56 innings of work. ... 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA in four SEC starts. ... SEC opponents are hitting .302 against him with seven doubles and two home runs. ... Pitched five innings on March 29, 2015 against UGA allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out eight. ... Pitched at least six innings in all eight starts this season. ... Has at least eight strikeouts in seven straight starts.
Braden Webb ... 7-1 with a 2.17 ERA in eight starts. ... Has 63 strikeouts to 24 walks in 49.2 innings pitched. ... 4-0 with a 2.43 ERA in four SEC starts. ... SEC opponents are hitting .162 against him. ... Won each of his last five starts. ... Pitched at least 7.1 innings in three straight starts. ... Struck out 35 batters in the last 23.1 innings.
Adam Hill ... 5-0 with a 2.87 ERA in eight starts. ... Has 47 strikeouts to 13 walks in 37.2 innings. ... 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in four SEC starts. ... Thrown four wild pitches and hit six batters in SEC action. ... In his last two starts, he has pitched 9.1 innings allowing six runs on eight hits and six walks. He has six strike outs in that same span.
Vince Fiori ... Pitched 1.1 innings against Georgia last season allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out three. ... Has seven appearances on the season.
Brandon Murray ... Pitched 2.1 innings against the Bulldogs last season. Picked up the win in the March 29, 2015 contest. ... Pitched 0.2 innings in Charlotte on Wednesday against UNC. He allowed four runs on two hits and two walks. ... Has 14 appearances this year.
Josh Reagan ... Pitched 2.2 innings at Georgia on May 4, 2014 allowing no runs on two hits and one walk. ... Leads the team with 18 appearances. The 18 appearances ranks third in the SEC as of 4/14. ... Leads the team with 10 saves. The 10 saves is first in the SEC as of 4/14. ... Has a 0.31 ERA in 29 innings of work. ... Opponents are hitting .134 against him.
Reed Scott ... Pitched 1.2 innings at Georgia on May 4, 2014 allowing no runs on two hits. ... Started against the Bulldogs on March 28, 2015 allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out six. ... 1-1 on the year with a 3.27 ERA.
Taylor Widener ... Started on Wednesday night against UNC. He allowed three runs on one hit and three walks in 3.2 innings. ... Had two strikeouts on May 4, 2014 at Georgia. ... 1-2 on the season with six starts.
DC Arendas ... Has two home runs and 12 runs batted in. ... Has one error this season in 108 chances.
Jonah Bride ... Started every game this season at third base. ... Hitting .263 with one homerun and 16 runs batted in.
Gene Cone ... Hit lead off in 17 straight games. ... Entering the weekend with a 20 game hitting streak. ... Reached base in 23 straight games.
Chris Cullen ... Hitting .271 with 18 runs batted in.
Alex Destino ... Hitting .356 with four home runs and 27 runs batted in. ... Third on the team with 61 total bases.
TJ Hopkins ... Hitting .305 with 14 runs batted in. ... Has 17 starts this season.
Marcus Mooney ... Hitting .306 with one home run and 18 runs batted in. ... Has 11 walks to seven strikeouts. ... Reached base in seven straight games.
John Jones ... One of three Gamecocks to start all 34 games. ... Hitting .331 with six homers and 34 runs batted in. ... The 34 runs batted in leads the team. ... Has 10 multiple RBI games.
LT Tolbert ... Started the last 23 games at first base. ... Hitting .236 with two home runs and 19 runs batted in. ... Has three errors in 203 chances.
Dom Thompson-Williams ... Hitting .344 with three homers and 28 runs batted in. ... Leads the team with two triples and is tied for the team lead in doubles. ... Has 15 multiple hit games.