Gamecocks to host Tennessee this weekend


It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Gamecocks.   After getting swept at Kentucky, they appeared to bounce back the next weekend against Florida.  USC took the first game of the series (televised on ESPNU) in decisive fashion, winning 8-3.  The Gators did the same to the Gamecocks in Game 2.  Game 3 was hard fought, but the ‘Cocks couldn’t pull it out in the end, and Florida took the series.  Desperately needing an SEC series win, the Gamecocks headed to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt – who also desperately needed an SEC series win.  The Gamecocks took 2 of 3 from the Commodores, despite an abysmal showing on Saturday afternoon.  Winning the Vandy series and then shutting out the College of Charleston earlier this week, may have given the Gamecocks some momentum as they head into a series with Tennessee this weekend.

Some things of note:

Matt Price.  Looks like his move back to the bullpen is permanent.  At least until Forrest Koumas’ elbow situation is resolved.  And even then, Price may be more valuable in the ‘pen then as a starter.

Saturday starter.  Moving Price back to the closer’s role also leaves a gaping hole in the weekend rotation.  Last week, freshman Evan Beal got the Saturday start.  To say it was rocky is an understatement.  This weekend, the Gamecocks are putting their faith in freshman lefty Jordan Montgomery.  Montgomery has had a few mid-week starts, and his numbers are pretty decent, but we’ll see how he does on Saturday night against an SEC opponent.

Michael Roth.  Roth has been named the 2011-2012 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  That means he gets a $15,000 post-grad scholarship.  Well done Mr. Roth.  Gamecock Nation is exceptionally proud of you.

Evan Marzilli.  Marzilli has been on base in every single one of the 29 games played so far this season.   That’s just an absurd statistic, but it goes to show why he is our leadoff man.

Brison Celek.  The sophomore has been in the DH spot recently.  And he’s certainly been doing his part.  Celek’s average is .353, which is good enough to give him the second highest average on the team (just remember, he’s only played in 16 games).

Christian Walker.  Walker got his 200th career hit during the Vanderbilt series.  He now has 207, and is currently #23 on the list of Carolina’s all-time hits leaders.  And the season is only halfway done.

Next Up:
vs. Tennessee (4/6 at 7 p.m.)
vs. Tennessee (4/7 at 8 p.m. on ESPNU)
vs. Tennessee (4/8 at 1:30 p.m.)

The Gamecocks currently have a 21-8 record (3-6 SEC).  The Gamecocks are ranked #11 in the Baseball America poll and #18 in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

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Posted on April 6, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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