Gene Cone has been hitting the cover off the ball for the past few weeks. Today, not only did he record a hit for the 27th straight game - a South Carolina record - but he did it in style: going 5-5 with a pair of doubles, a triple, and 4 RBI. Not bad.
That got us thinking: what are the numbers behind the numbers of this impressive run by the Gamecocks' outfielder? Our crack GABA research staff (OK, just me) did some digging and took a look at how impressive this streak has been.
--Cone's hitting streak actually started a little more than 27 games ago. On March 6 in a 4-1 loss to Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, he went 1-3 with an RBI. He has missed a few games since then, but in the last 27 games he's played, he's gotten a hit. He's batting .411 (44-107) in that time span, and despite just 16 RBI, nine of those have come in the last six games.
--Cone has had multiple hits twelve times during the streak. However, he's had two or more in five of his last seven games. The most hits in a game during the streak? Today's five-hit effort.
--If Cone has his eye on the longest streak in Division 1 history, he's still got a ways to go. Former MLB third baseman and current White Sox manager Robin Ventura hit in 58 straight in 1987 with Oklahoma State. The longest streak in SEC history is a little more manageable: 36, set by Alabama's Andy Phillips in 1999.