South Carolina Baseball Concludes Road Swing At CU

Sixth ranked South Carolina (23-5, 4-5 SEC) concludes an eight-game road swing on Wednesday night as the Gamecocks face 23rd ranked Clemson (17-10). First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and the game will be televised on CSS. Junior RHP Zac McCamie (2-0, 2.29 ERA) is the scheduled starter for South Carolina with sophomore RHP Kris Harvey (5-0, 3.13 ERA) on the mound for the Tigers. Quotes and honors included in this report ...

This is the third of four games this season between South Carolina and Clemson. The Gamecocks defeated Clemson in the first two games of the series this year as Carolina won at Sarge Frye Field 5-2 on March 6 and earned an 8-7 win in 10 innings at Clemson on March 7. The two schools conclude the series next Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at Sarge Frye Field.

Live GAMETRACKER stats and live audio will be available at GMECOCKINSIDER.COM. The baseball game will also be broadcats on all Gamecock Baseball Radio Network affiliates.

What's Next
The game at Clemson ends a string of eight consecutive road contests for the Gamecocks. Carolina returns home to Sarge Frye this weekend for the Southeastern Conference series with Florida. Game times are 7 p.m Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Clemson comes to Sarge Frye Field Wednesday, April 14 to conclude a home stand of four games. The Gamecocks travel to Kentucky April 16-18.

Current Streaks
The longest current hitting streak in the South Carolina batting order is nine games by Bryan Triplett. Steve Pearce hit safely in the last eight games. During his nine game streak Triplett had 17 hits in 41 at bats for a .415 batting average. Over the past eight games Pearce has 16 hits in 33 at bats, a .485 pace.

Steve Pearce hit his 12th home run March 28 in a 10-2 win at Arkansas and is currently tied for the SEC lead in homers. Michael Campbell, Pearce and Landon Powell homered in succession in the fifth inning of that game, the second time this season that the Gamecocks have hit back to back to back home runs. The team has 54 home rns in 28 games but hit only one in the Vanderbilt series. Landon Powell hit his seventh in the Sunday game.

Of 45 hits by Landon Powell this season, 10 have been doubles raising his career total two base hits to 54, second on South Carolina's all-time list. The career record for doubles is 67 set by Mac White, 1991-94. Bryan Triplett has 16 doubles this season to lead the team at the midway point in the regular season. The one season Gamecock record for doubles is 26 set two years ago by Steve Thomas.

Bench Award
For the second year in a row Landon Powell has been named to the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award. The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission presents the award to the player judged the best catcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Powell was a semi-finalist in the Bench Award balloting last year.

Shooting for 2,000
South Carolina opened the 2004 season needing 51 wins to reach 2,000. The magic number is now 28. The all-time Gamecock baseball record is 1,972-1,249-17. That includes an 83-39-1 mark against military and nother non-collegiate teams during years when those opponents were a part of regular season schedules.

South Carolina Baseball Quotes

Head Coach Ray Tanner

"It is exciting. We have enjoyed this rivalry, they have, and it has been a very healthy rivalry, and well played. We feel like it is on the national stage."

On Clemson:
"I think they were a good club all along. I know they had some bumps in the road early on but they were a good team, we knew that, and they knew that, and they were going to get it rolling. It doesn't matter anyways when we play. If we are below .500 and they are undefeated, when you play a rivalry it doesn't matter. That has been the case since I have been here and you throw the records out of the window. When you play against each other, it is a different atmosphere and everybody is trying to be at their best. It is so emotional, I don't think you worry about what had happened the last few days. "

On the last few games:
"Quite honestly, I am proud of our players. We have had some adversity, had to make some line-up changes, and we haven't played quite as well as we did earlier in the year but we had a different situation. We have four guys in the infield who are not were they started and were able to hang in there. We are not undefeated like we were for a while but I am proud of the effort we have put forth and we have been hanging tough. We will have to continue to do that because we will still be without Melillo and Tolleson for a while. We are starting the second half of the season tomorrow and hopefully we can win enough in the second half to be a post season team."

On playing Wednesday night games:
"If Coach Leggett and I had our way about it we would probably play two three game sets at each place. Being in different conferences that is hard to do unless you are playing in late January or early February. It is great, we don't worry about it too much. I know there has been a lot of talk over the years about playing Wednesday games and then having conference games on the weekend and that it is tough on your pitching staff. We just forget about that. We just go out and play and do the best we can."

Pitcher Zac McCamie:

"I am excited, honored, and happy to get the start against Clemson. It is going to be a good game. It is a great series and always is a good game. I think of it as a great opportunity to show what I can do, to show Carolina fans that I can pitch. Hopefully I will do the best I can and get a win for our team."

USC Catcher Landon Powell Named To Golden Spikes Award Watch List

USA Baseball To Name Five Finalists In June

Columbia, S.C. - USC senior catcher Landon Powell is one of 30 players in the nation to be named by USA Baseball to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List. As part of their continuing efforts to salute amateur baseball excellence, USA Baseball - in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association - presents the 2004 Golden Spikes Award, amateur baseball's most prestigous honor. USA Baseball will announce their five finalists for the 2004 Golden Spikes Award in June.

Co-captain and a preseason All-American candidate, Powell is batting .391 on the year and has started all 28 games this season for the Gamecocks. Powell owns a 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate and has seven HR and 37 RBI on the year as well as 10 doubles. For the third consecutive year Powell was also named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. Powell is one of 18 players in South Carolina history to collect at least 200 career hits. Powell currently is 11th on the USC All-Time Hits list with 221 and is second on the USC All-Time Doubles List with 54 career two base hits.

Sixth ranked South Carolina (23-5) continues action today at 7:15 p.m. as the Gamecocks face Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, wrapping up an eight-game road trip. Wednesday night's game will be televised on CSS-TV. The Gamecocks return home on Friday to host a three-game SEC series vs. the Florida Gators.

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