Hello again, baseball fans. Since the last time we spoke Carolina has enjoyed some success on the diamond. The Yardcocks are currently riding an 11 game winning streak. A quick recap:
@ Furman - W 15-0
vs. Davidson - W 8-3
vs. Tennessee - W 4-2
vs. Tennessee - W 10-7
vs. Tennessee - W 4-0
@ GA Southern - W 8-5 (13)
Carolina is now the proud owner of a .303 team AVG., 3.47 team ERA, and a 17-4 record. Auburn comes into the series with .352 team AVG., 4.68 ERA, and 16-5 record. If USC wants to prove it can hang with the big boys, it can start by winning its first series against a legitimate opponent this weekend. USC leads the all-time series with Auburn 32-17.
Carolina's starters for the weekend will probably be Blake Cooper, Sam Dyson, and freshman Tyler Webb
. Webb is coming off a performance last Sunday in which he pitched 5.2 inning of one hit baseball, walked 3 and notched 6 strikeouts. Junior second baseman, Scott Wingo, is hitting .333 - even after going 0-5 in Tuesday's win at Georgia Southern. That's up from his average of .196
in the 2009 season! Catcher Brady Thomas leads all Gamecocks with a .400 AVG. Jeffery Jones, Jackie Bradley, Jr., and Kyle Enders are close behind hitting .378, .378, and .361, respectively.
Meanwhile, Auburn comes into the series after sweeping woeful Georgia last weekend. They're led by junior infielder, Hunter Morris, who boasts a hefty line - .415 AVG, 32 RBI, 8HR. If we're going to take a series on the road in the SEC, we're going to have to bring our "A" game. Auburn may not be ranked, but they certainly are every bit the team that we are. The Tigers are currently atop the SEC West while the Gamecocks are tied for 1st in the east. Both team boast similar records. Don't expect the Gamecocks to waltz through Auburn as they did Tennessee. A series win on the road against a top SEC team is probably the best we can hope for.
Friday - 7:30
Saturday - 1:00
Sunday - 2:00