Quality pitching kept South Carolina in some of its games last year when the offense was MIA, and the Gamecocks were ranked ninth in the country, with a team ERA of 2.43. While some familiar faces (Jordan Montgomery, Joel Seddon, Evan Beal) have moved on, others (Jack Wynkoop, Wil Crowe) will look to help keep South Carolina among the best in the nation when it comes to pitching.
Barring an injury or other unforeseen circumstance, Wynkoop, a junior left-hander, and Crowe, a sophomore right-hander, are almost certainly going to be this year's Friday and Saturday starters. Both will look to build on their impressive 2014 campaigns, which included a 2.86 ERA and a 2.75 ERA, respectively. The Sunday starter position is still TBA, though Coach Chad Holbrook has indicated sophomore lefty Josh Reagan, who had limited appearances last year but posted a 0.36 ERA, is the frontrunner. Other options could include sophomore right-hander Reed Scott and junior lefty Vince Fiori.
South Carolina was buoyed by a strong bullpen last year, something that should continue this year. It will include familiar faces such as senior righty Cody Mincey and sophomores Matt Vogel, a right-hander, and John Parke, a lefty. Mincey led the team in relief appearances in 2014 with 29, and he recorded a commendable 1.04 ERA. Vogel had a bit less success, posting a 6.91 ERA in eight appearances, and Parke appeared just four times and had a 0.00 ERA.
Freshmen in the bullpen will include right-handers Alex Calvert, Tyler Johnson and Clarke Schmidt, though he's also a potential Sunday starter candidate. Left-handed freshmen include Alex Destino and Banks Cromer.
Right-handed sophomore Taylor Widener, who posted a 1.79 ERA in 2014, will take over the closer's role this season.