The top six: Clemson
The Top Six: Clemson Weekend
Senior RF Adam Matthews
Quick Hitter: The start to the 2012 season didn't go anything like Adam Matthews had hoped. Entering the Clemson series, Matthews didn't have good numbers and to make matters worse he had some very bad at-bats to go along with the poor stats. Matthews had hits all weekend but none bigger than his three-run bomb to center field to help the Gamecocks beat Clemson 9-6 on Saturday. Matthews earned the Tom Price Award for MVP of the series. He hit .417 (5-for-12) in the three games vs. the Tigers with four runs and four RBI. The big weekend against the Gamecocks' best opponent to date was just was Matthews needed with conference play two weeks away.
Junior CF Evan Marzilli
Quick Hitter: Evan Marzilli didn't have a great weekend at the plate by any stretch. In fact, he had a very bad week at the plate. But Marzilli's defensive play on Friday alone gets him on the list. The Gamecocks' junior center fielder made the play of Friday night's game when his diving grab in the 11th inning ended the contest and kept Clemson from scoring the tying run. Earlier in the game, Marzilli came up firing on a throw to home gunning down another Clemson would-be run. Marzilli also made another perfect throw to the plate but the catcher couldn't make the tag. Either way, Marzilli's play in the field easily gets him on the list.
Junior LHP Nolan Belcher
Quick Hitter: Nolan Belcher only got two outs this weekend, but both outs earned him saves in the Gamecocks' two wins over Clemson. Belcher also earned a win of his own in South Carolina's midweek tilt against Presbyterian. Belcher, a true unknown entering the season, has quickly become a viable left-handed option out of the pen. Belcher's emergence means the Gamecocks could have three lefties they can count on with Tyler Webb and Jordan Montgomery also being strong options in relief.
Freshman RHP Evan Beal
Quick Hitter: Evan Beal has always had the talent, he just didn't get many chances in the first couple of weeks of the season. Saturday against Clemson, Beal got his shot and boy did he impress. Looking every bit like a future weekend starter, Beal baffled Clemson hitters with nasty breaking pitches while locating well. Beal pitches four innings striking out five. The freshman got two outs into the ninth before giving up a two-run homer run to Richie Shaffer for his first runs allowed of the game. Before that, Beal had given up just a hit as he was a major part in the Gamecocks' winning the game. The freshman could play a big part in the Gamecocks' season as well.
Senior LHP Michael Roth
Quick Hitter: Michael Roth didn't earn a win in Friday's start, but he did do what he almost always does: put the Gamecocks in a position to get a victory. went 7.1 innings and allowed one run on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Roth is the face of the South Carolina program and with Carolina needing a shutdown performance from him, they got it. He has a 0.89 ERA in 20.1 innings on the season and has 20 strikeouts to just five walks. Opponents are hitting just .116 against Roth.
Freshman C Grayson Greiner
Quick Hitter: Even though South Carolina lost Sunday's game, it wouldn't have even been close if not for the efforts of freshman catcher Grayson Greiner. Greiner delivered a three-run homer, the first of his South Carolina career, in the second to get the Gamecocks on the board. Later in the game, he became the first South Carolina player since Steven Neff last year to homer twice in a game with his solo shot in the sixth. Greiner has been extremely solid as a freshman and is hitting .290 on the season.
David Porter contributed to this article.