Friday, May 30, 2008

Gamecocks win vs 49ers

The USC baseball team pounded out 18 hits today in a 15-8 victory over Charlotte at Doak Field at Dail Park in the first round of the NCAA baseball playoffs. DeAngelo Mack and James Darnell hit home runs for the Gamecocks (39-21) who advance to a 7 p.m. Saturday game against the winner of Friday night's N.C. State James Madison game. Dyson (8-0) took a 9-0 lead into the sixth before tiring, and left after surrendering a three-run home run to Aaron Bray in the seventh to make the score the 49ers made a game out of it but USC just had more power today... More HERE

Another great news story of the day is that Lipscomb beat UGA! Read about HERE...this would be great if UGA loses their regional and USC wins their regional...could mean one more round at the Sarge!

Game 1 - Gamecocks v 49ers

South Carolina and Charlotte have met 30 times in series history with the Gamecocks leading the all-time series 22-8 including two wins in last year's NCAA Regional. Charlotte and Carolina also met this year in the regular season with the 49ers defeating South Carolina 11-2 on March 5 at Sarge Frye Field. Let's hope it we can follow the course of history and get a win today....

Here is the match-up:

Record: 38-21, 15-15 SEC
Head coach: Ray Tanner
Arrival: At-large bid. Finished 10-10 last 20 and went 1-2 in SEC tournament
Team hitting: .299 BA, 103 HR, 416 R, 31 SB, 208 Ex-base hits
Team pitching: 4.38 ERA, 258 ER, 202 BB, 469 SO, 11 SV
Best bats: Jr. 1B Justin Smoak (.377, 21 HR, 66 RBIs); Jr. SS Reese Havens (.363, 16 HR, 53 RBIs); Jr. 3B James Darnell (.310, 18 HR, 78 RBIs); Sr. C/DH Phil Disher (.309, 19 HR, 57 RBIs)
Best arms: Fr. RH Sam Dyson (7-0, 3.27 ERA, 44 IP, 43 SO, 26 BB); Sr. RH Nick Godwin (7-3, 3.02 ERA, 86.1 IP, 77 SO, 22 BB); So. RH Blake Cooper (5-6, 4.22 ERA, 85.1 IP, 50 SO, 23 BB)
Notes: Carolina leads the SEC in home runs on the year with 103 in 59 games. The team is batting .299 (617-for-2063) with 416 runs scored. The pitching staff owns a team ERA of 4.38 in 530.1 innings with 469 strikeouts to 202 walks. Carolina is fielding .978 as a team, also leading the SEC.

Record: 43-14, 19-8 Atlantic 10
Head coach: Loren Hibbs
Arrival: Automatic bid for winning A-10 tournament....Finished 14-6 last 20, comes in on five-game win streak
Team hitting: .331 BA, 53 HR, 484 R, 92 SB, 201 Ex-base hits
Team pitching: 4.33 ERA, 248 ER, 186 BB, 360 SO, 10 SV
Best bats: Fr. 2B Corey Shaylor (.372, 2 HR, 40 RBIs); So. IF/DH Rob Lyerly (.367, 14 HR, 73 RBIs); Sr. C/OF Chris Taylor (.343, 19 HR, 69 RBIs); Sr. OF O’Brien Taylor (.360, 25 RBIs, 11 SB).
Best arms: Fr. RH Joe Yermal (8-1, 3.81 ERA, 82.2 IP, 44 SO, 20 BB); Jr. RH Zach Rosenbaum (5-2, 4.34 ERA, 64.1 IP, 41 SO, 40 BB); Fr. RH Kelly McLain (7-0, 1.98 ERA, 50 IP, 50 SO, 9 BB)
Notes: One year after relying on one of the nation’s top pitching staffs, the 49ers are now a top hitting squad, ranking 12th nationally in average and 16th in runs.

Thoughts or predictions? I say we win this game 7-4. It is really a game that hinges on the shoulders of Bryson, if he shows up and pitches well then we will be okay b/c UNC-C can string some hits together much like Florida. If USC has bad pitching then it could make for a bad day but I am hoping for the best and I see USC pulling this one off.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

USC DT Kicked Off Team

Backup defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis has been dismissed from the team for violating team rules and university more HERE.
Rumor is it is related to drug issues which is really sad for him and the team. He was a big boy that came on strong to close out the 07 season and would have been good as a reserve in 08 to fill those running lanes.

Let the college football anxiety begin

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone and the dog days of summer are ahead of us that could mean only one football anxiety has set in. You know that point where nothing is really on TV, pro sports bore you and not much going on besides the CWS in college sports. Add in the upstart of college football talk and predictions and you have a case of college football anxiety.

So to help ease or to contribute to this dilemma, I will provide you with some recent college football news.

USC’s Spurrier is on the 2nd hottest seat in the conference, which makes more sense. The Gamecocks’ epic collapse last season was due in large part to key defensive injuries, but the USC brass didn’t bring Spurrier in to go to middling bowls. I don’t think they’d actually fire Spurrier, but I doubt that they’re especially pleased with the results he’s delivered so far in his tenure. If Stephen Garcia continues to run amok though, it will be interesting to see how the USC fans react if the Gamecocks finish 6-6 this season.

I really have to disagree on this issue. I think Spurrier will live to see another day even if he finsihes in the season with the cocks going 6-6 (which will not happen in 08). Spurrier is building a program and there is no quick fix. Read my Post from earlier HERE and you get the reasoning I have....What do you the seat hot for Spurrier in 08?

And I got to agree with Joe Pa here....a playoff system is needed and is best for the game.
Also it seems we are closer...wait they broke up right?....meant to say we are inching closer to the SEC championship according to this prediction HERE (hattip: gray) you agree? I say yes.

Jean shorts wins the Indy 500

Here in the south we get a bad rap for our past, but the Mid-West should be scolded for there current situation. This past weekend at the Indy 500, I could not believe the over whelming number of dudes in jean shorts. I was told by one jorts wearer, that jean shorts will never go out of style. I say we start a nation wide campaign to put an end to jorts, before this epidemic gets out of hand.

Quote of the weekend: Poo is my life, don’t be a hog, save a log. Porta johns are getting full.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday Catch Up

After getting back from a weekend out of town, I figured I would do a quick update on some USC happenings. Our pal at the Garnet And Black shared some good USC updates over the and here. As we all know by now the Gamecocks lost to Vandy and will now have the chance to travel north to NC State as the #2 seed. This will be ninth straight NCAA regional bid for USC.

The Gamecocks (38-21) will be a No. 2 seed and take on Charlotte (43-17) on Friday at 2 p.m.
Top-seeded NCSU (38-20) will take on James Madison (38-17) in the other first-round game at 7 p.m., with the winners and losers meeting Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. The survivor of the regional advances to the NCAA super regional where they will be matched up with the UGA regional winner. USC has advanced to the super regional every year this decade except 2005.

It will be interesting to watch if USC gets a chance to go up against NC State b.c it is Tanner's old stomping ground.

In great news, Klempson will not....yes I said WILL NOT be making a trip to the NCAA baseball playoffs. Clemson had its 21-year streak of NCAA trips ended when the Tigers were omitted. Clemson (31-27-1) had been in the NCAA field every year since 1987.....let the crying and excuses begin.

I do agree with the City of Greenville in going out and trying to make a case for the ACC tourney. But the whole flag issue arises up again which to me is bogus...move on....The NCAA has banned its predetermined postseason events from being held in South Carolina and Mississippi, where the flag is displayed on State House grounds. Greenville served as host for the tournament from 1987-95....bring it back!