BSB: Gamecocks Host Charlotte On Tuesday

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Dates: Tues. Feb. 21

First Pitch: 4 p.m.

Location: Columbia, S.C.

Stadium: Founders Park

Television/Video: SEC Network Plus (Burch Antley & Trey Dyson) Live SEC Network Plus
Video

Radio: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network (Tommy Moody and Drew Meyer);
GamecocksOnline.com

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina returns to action on Tuesday afternoon hosting
Charlotte. First pitch is at 4 p.m. at Founders Park. The game will be available on
SEC Network Plus and the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM,
“The Game.”

Tuesday’s game is the first of five gams this week for the Gamecocks. South Carolina
will also host Kansas State on Thursday and then host Wright State for a three-game
series beginning on Friday.
BUSINESS LOTS DURING AFTERNOON GAMES
Business lot parking passes will be honored in Lot 1 ONLY for the Feb. 17, 21, 24
and 28 afternoon baseball games based on availability. The businesses at 405 (Lot 9)
and 401 (Lot 10) Huger Street request that you begin parking at 5:30 p.m. on
weekdays. Other business lots open at 5 p.m. on weekdays.

GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)

Weekday 4 p.m. Games (Feb. 17, 21, 23, 24 & 28)
Game Time: 4 p.m.
Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m.
Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m.
Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m.
Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m.

Weekdays
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m.
Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m.
Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m.
Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m.

Saturday
Game Time: 4 p.m.
Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m.
Business Lots Open: 1 p.m.
Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m.
Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m.

Sunday
Game Time: 1:30 p.m.
Stadium Opens: Noon
Business Lots Open: 10:30 a.m.
Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 10:30 a.m.
Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 11:30 a.m.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION NEAR FOUNDERS PARK
For fans attending games at Founders Park this month, there is construction on Bluff
Road. The construction on Bluff Road is between the intersections of Rosewood and
National Guard Armory Road and is currently down to one lane in each direction with
traffic stoppage.

RANKINGS

South Carolina is ranked among the top six teams in all six major collegiate
rankings. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball and in
the USA Today coaches poll, No. 5 in the nation by Baseball America and Perfect Game
and No. 6 by the NCBWA.

TUESDAY ROTATION

Tuesday
South Carolina – Sawyer Bridges (Fr. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO
Charlotte – Matt Horkey (Jr. LHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO

BRIDGES GETS THE BALL

South Carolina freshman right-hander Sawyer Bridges will get the ball on Tuesday. It
will be his first career appearance in a Gamecock uniform. The Summerville, S.C.
product helped lead Summerville HS last year to a AAAA state championship.

RECAP

South Carolina won its opening weekend series with a pair of victories vs. UNCG. The
Gamecocks defeated the Spartans 7-1 and 5-1 with a 1-0 loss on Sunday.

TO ARMS

South Carolina’s pitching staff was strong the entire weekend vs. UNCG as the
Gamecock pitchers combined to allow just three runs, one earned, on 10 hits with 27
strikeouts in 27 innings of work. UNCG, who led the NCAA in hitting in 2016, hit
just .115 with a .149 slugging percentage and a .179 on-base percentage. The three
runs allowed over the weekend is the lowest total of an opening weekend since the
Gamecocks allowed just two in the opening series of 2004 vs. Charleston Southern.
Carolina’s 0.33 ERA over the weekend was the best among all 14 SEC schools as was
the pitching staff’s .115 opponents batting average.

AT THE PLATE AND ON THE FIELD

South Carolina hit .274 (26-for-95) for the weekend with a .330 on base percentage.
Carolina committed just two errors and fielded .983 for the weekend with an
error-less game in the season opener. The .983 fielding percentage was third best
among SEC schools over the weekend.

SCHMIDT DELIVERS IN OPENER

Junior right-hander Clarke Schmidt won on Opening Day allowing just one run on three
hits in 6.2 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

WELCOME BACK WIL

Junior right-hander Wil Crowe struck out seven in five scoreless innings of work in
his first appearance since April 10, 2015 in the Gamecocks’ 5-1 win over UNCG. Crowe
allowed just three hits and one walk to earn the victory. Crowe’s seven strikeouts
is tied for the sixth highest total in the SEC.

HILL ON THE MOUND

Sophomore right-hander Adam Hill tied a career-high longest outing going seven
innings in Sunday’s 1-0 loss vs. UNCG. Hill last went seven innings in his final
start of the 2016 season when he went seven innings in a 23-2 win over Rhode Island
in the NCAA Regional. Hill allowed just one run, unearned, on one hit with a pair of
walks and seven strikeouts. The loss was his first loss of his Gamecock career after
going 7-0 as a freshman last season.

Hill was one of three SEC pitchers to go seven innings over the weekend. Hill’s
seven strikeouts is tied for the sixth highest total in the SEC.

BLAIR FINDS SUCCESS AT THE PLATE

Sophomore outfielder Danny Blair had his best series at the plate in a Gamecock
uniform in his career as he went 6-for-11 (.545) to lead the Gamecocks at the plate
over the weekend. Blair also scored a pair of runs, drove in two and stole two bags.
He finished with a .545 on-base and slugging percentage as well.

Blair was the only Gamecock to hit safely in all three games and reach base in all
three contests over the weekend. Blair was 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored on
Opening Day and 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run in the 5-1 victory. Blair currently
ranks tied for eighth in the SEC in hitting.

DYNAMIC DESTINO

Junior outfielder/designated hitter Alex Destino had a pair of multi-hit games for
the Gamecocks. He also drove in two runs in both Friday and Saturday’s victories
against UNCG. He was 2-for-4 with a double in the season opener and 2-for-4 in
Saturday’s 5-1 win. Destino hit .333 (4-for-12) for the weekend.

OLSON PROVIDES A SPARK

Sophomore utility player Jacob Olson went 4-for-9 (.444) at the plate in his first
career series in a Gamecock uniform. The junior college transfer doubled, scored two
runs and stole a base over the weekend vs. UNCG.

GREAT SCOTT

Senior right-hander Reed Scott picked up his first save of the year going four
innings in Saturday’s 5-1 win. Scott allowed one run, unearned, on two hits in four
innings with three strikeouts. His four innings was his longest outing since he went
four innings at Georgia on April 16, 2016.

BROWERS BRINGS IT

Senior right-hander Colie Bowers struck out four and allowed just one hit in 2.1
innings of relief in Friday’s 7-1 win over UNCG.

REAGAN FROM THE LEFT

Senior left-hander Josh Reagan struck out three and walked just one in two scoreless
innings of relief in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to UNCG.

TJ LEADS IT OFF

Sophomore outfielder TJ Hopkins was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the 7-1 season
opening victory over UNCG. Hopkins also drove in a pair of runs in the victory.

STOKES STAYING BUSY

Junior infielder Madison Stokes was busy at shortstop in three starts with his 13
assists the most by a player in the SEC over the weekend.

WELCOME TO GAMECOCK NATION

Four Gamecocks made their debut in the weekend series vs. UNCG. Olson, junior
infielder Justin Row, freshman infielder/outfielder Carlos Cortes and freshman first
baseman Riley Hogan all made appearances.

LOOK AT THE CROWD

South Carolina had pair of sellouts over the weekend and totaled 24,501 in
attendance the first weekend for an average of 8,167 per contest at Founders Park.

That is the fifth-highest series total in Founders Park history and the highest
series total since the 2014 season.

SOUTH CAROLINA 2017 HONOR ROLL

Danny Blair
Rated No. 105 best outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 126 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

Jonah Bride
Rated No. 50 best third baseman in the nation by D1Baseball

Carlos Cortes
Rated No. 1 freshman in the SEC by Baseball America
Rated No. 1 impact freshman in the SEC by D1Baseball
Rated No. 4 best freshman in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 13 best freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
Rated No. 14 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 14 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 37 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 53 best outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball

Chris Cullen
Rated No. 7 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 11 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 18 best catcher in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 22 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 85 best overall sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game

Wil Crowe
Named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List
Preseason All-America 3rd Team (Baseball America)
Rated No. 6 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 7 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 9 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 11 best starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 17 best overall junior in the nation by Perfect Game
Rated No. 36 best overall prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by MLB.com

Alex Destino
Preseason All-America 2nd Team (NCBWA)
Preseason All-SEC Team (Perfect Game)
Preseason All-SEC 2nd Team (SEC Coaches Poll)
Rated No. 16 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 19 best outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 21 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 45 best overall junior in the nation by Perfect Game

Adam Hill
Rated No. 6 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 6 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 11 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 15 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 49 best overall sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game
Rated No. 57 best starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball

TJ Hopkins
Rated No. 31 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 36 best outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 91 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

Tyler Johnson
Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List
Preseason All-America 1st Team (D1Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game)
Preseason All-SEC First Team (SEC Coaches Poll)
Preseason All-SEC Team (Perfect Game)
Rated No. 1 reliever in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 12 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 13 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 14 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 30 best overall junior in the nation by Perfect Game

Brandon McIlwain
Rated No. 13 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 47 best overall sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game

Cody Morris
Rated No. 16 impact freshman in the SEC by D1Baseball
Rated No. 23 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 32 best freshman in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 62 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 159 best starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball

Jacob Olson
Rated No. 34 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 101 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

Josh Reagan
Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List
Preseason All-America 3rd Team (Collegiate Baseball)
Rated No. 12 best reliever in the nation by D1Baseball

Clarke Schmidt
Named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List
Preseason All-America 1st Team (NCBWA)
Preseason All-America 2nd Team (Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, Perfect Game)
Rated No. 8 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America
Rated No. 9 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 10 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Perfect Game
Rated No. 11 best starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 22 best overall junior in the nation by Perfect Game
Rated No. 35 best overall prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by MLB.com
Recognized as having the “Best Control” of all pitchers in the SEC by Baseball America

Madison Stokes
Rated No. 21 best shortstop in the nation by D1Baseball

LT Tolbert
Rated No. 25 best second baseman in the nation by D1Baseball
Rated No. 35 best prospect in the SEC for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball
Rated No. 103 best prospect in the nation for 2018 MLB Draft by D1Baseball

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