Fall practice kicked off for the baseball team with a Thursday press conference from Coach Holbrook and scrimmages on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here is a roundup of news, notes and observations from the weekend:
Here is the fall roster, courtesy of John Whittle at The Big Spur.
Gamecock Central had posts for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with observations and stats. (You have to be a member to read the entirety of the second two, but Friday's is accessible to everyone)
The garnet team won the first game 4-3, and the black team won the next two 7-0 and 9-6.
I went to part of Saturday's scrimmage, where the black team looked pretty dominant. Many of the returning starters, including Schrock, Martin, Cone and Arendas were on the black team, with Wynkoop pitching for them. They jumped on Wil Crowe, who was the starting pitcher for the garnet squad, pretty quickly and got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. They tacked on one more run in both the third inning and the fourth and a 2 RBI single from Martin in the fifth drove in the final two runs. There were a couple of nice defensive plays during the scrimmage, but for the most part both teams looked a little sloppy.
Perhaps the biggest news of the weekend is that sophomore pitcher Josh Reagan has been shut down for the rest of the fall due to elbow tenderness and that senior pitcher Cody Mincey has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.