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
|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|
|10||Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns||7-1||14|
|13||Cal Poly Mustangs||6-1||22|
|16||TCU Horned Frogs||6-1||19|
|18||Mississippi St. Bulldogs||4-4||7|
|21||Alabama Crimson Tide||4-2||21|
|22||UNC Tar Heels||3-3||21|
|23||Texas A&M Aggies||6-1||24|
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.