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Gamecocks baseball moves up to #3; Wil Crowe earns another accolade

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SEC names Crowe freshman of the week.

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Things are going well for the South Carolina baseball team. A 7-0 start, 5 consecutive shutouts, no runs allowed in 51 innings, and the best OBP among SEC teams—Chad Holbrook's got his squad humming in the early going. Unsurprisingly, the Gamecocks moved up to #3 in the Baseball America's top 25 poll, the highest among SEC teams.

Baseball America Top 25

Rank Team Record Prev
1 Virginia Cavaliers 6-1 1
2 Florida St. Seminoles 6-0 4
3 South Carolina Gamecocks 7-0 5
4 Oregon St. Beavers 5-2 2
5 Cal State Fullerton Titans 4-3 3
6 N.C. State Wolfpack 5-1 6
7 LSU Tigers 7-0 8
8 Vanderbilt Commodores 7-0 9
9 Oregon Ducks 7-0 11
10 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 7-1 14
11 Clemson Tigers 5-1 13
12 Rice Owls 6-2 15
13 Cal Poly Mustangs 6-1 22
14 Miami Hurricanes 4-3 16
15 Texas Longhorns 5-3 18
16 TCU Horned Frogs 6-1 19
17 Indiana Hoosiers 2-5 10
18 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 4-4 7
19 UCLA Bruins 4-3 12
20 Louisville Cardinals 5-2 20
21 Alabama Crimson Tide 4-2 21
22 UNC Tar Heels 3-3 21
23 Texas A&M Aggies 6-1 24
24 Arkansas Razorbacks 6-0 25
25 Florida Gators 3-2 23

A big reason the Gamecocks are ranked so highly is starting pitching. Two weeks ago, if I'd told you that Gamecocks starters would have earned a pair of conference honors after two weeks, you might have believed me. But you probably wouldn't have believed it if I told you freshman Wil Crowe earned them both. Well, too bad, because that's exactly what he did. After garnering SEC Pitcher of the Week honors a week ago, Crowe was named SEC Freshman of the week after going 6.1 scoreless innings and giving up just 4 hits and 1 BB.

Next, the Gamecocks face the season's first test in the form of #11 Clemson. The three game series begins this Friday at Carolina Stadium. First pitch is at 7:00 PM.