April 26, 2015

Tennessee drops USC in second game of series (VIDEO)

Chad Holbrook will try to win the rubber game Sunday.

Chad Holbrook will try to win the rubber game Sunday.

Jordan Rodgers’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Tennessee to a 4-3 walkoff victory over South Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.  The Gamecocks drop to 26-18 and 9-11 in the SEC with Tennessee 17-21 and 6-14 in league play.

Tennessee reliever Andrew Lee earned a win with two scoreless innings of relief.  He is 2-0 on the year.  Reed Scott suffered the loss and is now 1-3 for the season for the Gamecocks.  Scott allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings.

Tied 3-3, the Volunteers struck in the bottom of the ninth.  A.J. Simcox singled and Christin Stewart knocked a base hit to center to give Tennessee runners on the corners with no outs.  After an intentional walk to Lee loaded the bases, Jordan Rodgers knocked a 1-2 pitch into right field for a base hit to score Simcox and end the game.

Simcox and Stewart both had two hits to lead Tennessee at the plate.  Gene Cone was 2-for-5 to lead Carolina.

Elliott Caldwell gave the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the top of the first inning.  DC Arendas drew a one-out walk and scored as Caldwell drilled the first pitch he saw from Bret Marks into center field for a base hit.

Carolina extended it to 2-0 in the second inning on Jordan Gore’s solo homer, his first home run of the season.  Gore turned on the first pitch he saw from Marks and knocked it over the wall in right field.

Tennessee tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the second.  The Volunteers took advantage of two hit by pitches against Johnny Youngblood and Benito Santiago to tie the game.  Nick Senzel’s one-out RBI groundout scored Youngblood and A.J. Simcox poked a 1-2 pitch into right field with two outs for a base hit to score Santiago.

South Carolina regained the lead in the fifth inning on Kyle Martin’s solo homer.  Martin launched a 0-1 pitch to right-center for his team-leading ninth homer of the year to give Carolina a 3-2 advantage.  Tennessee would tie it in the sixth inning on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Senzel.

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VIDEO: Chad Holbrook talks about Saturday’s game

Wynkoop, Kotch lead Gamecocks to game one win at UT (VIDEO)

Jack Wynkoop carried the Gamecocks Friday night (file photo).

Jack Wynkoop carried the Gamecocks Friday night (file photo).

Junior left-hander Jack Wynkoop pitched 8.1 scoreless innings and allowed just seven hits as South Carolina defeated Tennessee 4-0 on Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.  The Gamecocks improve to 26-17 and 9-10 in the SEC with Tennessee dropping to 16-21 and 5-14 in league play.

Wynkoop was masterful as he limited the Volunteers to just seven hits and one walk while striking out five batters to earn the win and improve to 6-4 on the year.  Tennessee starter Andy Cox suffered the loss and is 1-3 on the year.  He allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits in 5.2 innings with five walks and six strikeouts.

South Carolina broke ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning.  Gene Cone led off the game with a bunt for a base hit, advanced to third base on DC Arendas’ single to right field and scored on Max Schrock’s sac fly to right-center.

The Gamecocks increased the lead to 3-0 in the second inning taking advantage of a Tennessee miscue to score a pair of runs.  Connor Bright reached base with two outs on UT shortstop A.J. Simcox’s throwing error.  Logan Koch then followed with a two-run homer to right-center, his second home run of the season.

Carolina would tack on a run in the top of the seventh loading the bases with one out with Elliott Caldwell driving in DC Arendas with a RBI single to right field.

Gamecock senior right-hander Cody Mincey would retire the final two outs to seal the victory for Carolina.

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VIDEO: Chad Holbrook post game comments

USC’s Chad Holbrook previews Vols on SportsTalk Thursday (AUDIO)

Chad Holbrook joined SportsTalk Thursday to preview the Vols.

Chad Holbrook joined SportsTalk Thursday to preview the Vols.

The USC baseball team hasn’t quite lived up to their lofty expectations thus far this season, they sit two games under .500 at 8-10 in the SEC.

The Gamecocks seemingly found a groove last weekend, taking two from Vanderbilt in Columbia, but followed up the triumph with a loss to Furman at Flour Field in Greenville on Tuesday.

Another SEC team that had high aspirations and was ranked in the top 25 pre-season that has struggled a bit is Tennessee.  The Vols are 5-13 in the league, and are 1-6 in their previous 7 games.

The Gamecocks and Volunteers will do battle this weekend in Knoxville.  USC will look to carry some momentum within the league for the stretch run.

Thursday night, USC head coach Chad Holbrook joined us on the show from Rocky Top to discuss the series.

AUDIO: Chad Holbrook [9:00]

USC will face DePaul in the opening round of the Paradise Jam

Frank Martin is preparing for year four at USC.

Frank Martin is preparing for year four at USC.

The bracket for the 2015 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam was unveiled on Wednesday afternoon where it was announced that South Carolina will play DePaul in the event’s opening round on Nov. 20. The meeting will mark the eighth between the two schools and the first since the 1999-2000 season.

Other first-round matchups include, Ohio vs. Tulsa, Indiana State vs. Norfolk State and Hofstra vs. Florida State.

DePaul holds a 4-3 upperhand in the all-time series with South Carolina, including a victory in the lone neutral site matchup between the two schools, which came on Nov. 27, 1999, at the Puerto Rico Shootout, with DePaul posting a 58-46 win.

The Paradise Jam is hosted annually in St. Thomas, with games held at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. South Carolina owns a 6-3 record in destination tournament games under the direction of Frank Martin. The Gamecocks posted a 3-0 record in the Hoops For Hope Classic to capture the tournament crown in 2012 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with victories over Milwaukee, Missouri State and UALR. The Gamecocks finished third at the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with wins over St. Mary’s and Akron, and Carolina most recently traveled to the Charleston Classic, posting a victory over Cornell at the event.


Dabo Swinney weighs in on some major issues in college football, updates team (AUDIO)

Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney just wrapped up his portion of the ACC spring teleconference. Swinney, who is now one of the elder statesmen of the ACC in terms of coaching tenure, was asked a few questions about significant topics in college football.

On the issue of the cost of scholarship increase that is being implanted, Swinney said it’s a step in the right direction, but he is worried about the unintended consequences that could arise as certain schools offer athletes a higher value scholarship than others. He emphasized that he is in favoring of “modernizing” scholarships, but is worried that recruits could pick schools for the wrong reasons, based on the highest value of a scholarship.

Swinney also said he is not in favor of the “satellite” football camps that are popping up around the country (See: Penn State holding a camp in Atlanta). He said that isn’t really a camp, but more so a combine.   The ACC does not allow the practice. Swinney said he wants to have his camps at Clemson so he can sell the campus, one of his biggest recruiting tools.

Swinney also spent time updating his team post spring, and you can hear all of it in our link below.

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney