Big Gamecock Things To Follow This Weekend!

The big event this weekend is the Spring Football Game. But there is so much more being offered by the Gamecocks this weekend ... important contests for other SC programs and chances to excel within the conference. Read on for all the details ...

Spring Football Game Set For Saturday

Players available for autographs beginning at 11:15 a.m.

South Carolina's football team will conclude its 2004 spring practice this Saturday, April 17 with the annual Spring Game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The game serves as a fundraiser for the USC Lettermen's Association and tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for youth and $10 for an entire family. USC students, faculty and staff will be admitted free of charge upon showing their university ID card. Tickets are on sale at the USC Ticket Office on Rosewood Drive and also will be available on game day at the stadium.

Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from the Gamecock players beginning at 11:15 a.m. on the field. The offense will sit on the west side and the defense and specialists will sit on the east side for autographs. 2004 posters and schedule cards will be handed out. The 2004 Spring Football Media Guide will be on sale for $2.

Fan seating for the game will be on the west side of the stadium only, and all fans are asked to enter through gates on the west side. As has been normal stadium security policy over the past two years, there will be bag checks upon entry into the stadium and fans are asked to not bring in backpacks or large bags.

There is no reserved parking, but there is plenty of parking available in the Fairgrounds Lots. There is a $1 parking charge, however, as there is another function going on Saturday within the Fairgrounds. Parking lots will be open by 9 a.m. Fans should enter through Gate 6.

The format of the game will be as follows:

* Kickoff and kickoff returns will be practiced before the regular scrimmage begins

* The clock will stop on incomplete passes and timeouts; the clock will not stop on out of bounds plays or after first downs

* The two teams be divided up as follows: first offense & second defense (Carolina) will take on second offense & first defense (Gamecocks)

Injury update: Center Fran Person, who suffered a mild concussion in last week's scrimmage, is listed as probable for Saturday's Spring Game.

Golf - South Carolina Looks to Build on Strong Regular Season at SEC Championship

Gamecocks seek first conference title in St. Simon's Island, Ga., this weekend.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina men's golf team will look build on a successful regular season when it begins postseason play this weekend at the 2004 Southeastern Conference Championship in St. Simon's Island, Ga. The three-day 54-hole tournament will be contested at the Sea Island Golf Club's par-70, 6,898-yard Seaside Course.

The Gamecocks are coming off of an eighth-place finish at the Augusta State Invitational to close out their spring schedule. That finish followed a run of three-straight top-three placements late in the spring. Included in that span was the school-record-tying third team championship of the year on March 16 at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, with a 5-under-par, score of 847.

A year ago at the SEC Championship, South Carolina recorded the fifth top-five finish in school history at the event with a fifth-place showing. The top finish for the Gamecocks at the SEC Championship came in 1998, when USC placed second behind team champion Georgia.

Leading the way for South Carolina this year will be sophomore Eirik Johansen. The sophomore All-SEC candidate leads the team with a 72.35 scoring average and has recorded six top-10 finishes and eight top-20 placements in 11 tournaments this year. Included in that was his first collegiate victory at the Palmetto Collegiate, with a 54-hole score of 9-under-par, 204.

Joining Johansen at the top of the Gamecock lineup is junior Martin Rominger, whose top finish of the year came in the fall at the Ridges Intercollegiate, where he tied for second place in a strong field with a 6-under-par score of 210. Rominger, an All-SEC candidate is second on the team with a 72.45 scoring average and has four top-10 finishes and seven top-20 results this year.

The third member of the South Carolina contingent will be junior All-SEC candidate Alex Hamilton, who has been one of the Gamecocks' most consistent performers late in the year. Hamilton ranks third on the team with a 73.34 scoring average and notched back-to-back tenth-place finishes at the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational and the Atlanta Intercollegiate in March.

The final two individuals in the field for South Carolina will be junior Jake Thompson and sophomore West Streib. Thompson has competed in every tournament this spring for the Gamecocks and is fifth on the team with a 74.09 stroke average, while Streib will be making his fourth appearance of the year for USC.

The Gamecocks will begin play at the SEC Championship at 8:50 a.m. on Friday in threesomes with Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Full results and live scoring of the tournament will be available at

Women's Golf - Gamecocks Head to Baton Rouge for SEC Golf Championships

USC will try to reclaim team title after capturing 2002 SEC Championship

The 28th-ranked University of South Carolina women's golf team will challenge for the 2004 SEC Championship, April 16-18th, at the University Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The 54-hole, 6,300-yard tournament will begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. and will run through Sunday's final round. The conference champion will earn an automatic invite to the 2004 NCAA Golf Regionals in May. Each team is comprised of five golfers with the best four scores counting towards the team's total score each day.

Last year, Auburn grabbed the 2003 SEC team title from South Carolina, the 2002 champion, at the University Club in Lexington, Kentucky. Florida's Aimee Cho returns as the defending champion after shooting an even par 216 in last year's event.

The Gamecocks will be represented by Adrienne Gautreaux, Erica Battle, Kory Thompson, Jenna Pearson and Marci Robinson with three of the five USC golfers (Battle, Thompson and Pearson) participating in their first SEC Championships.

All 12 SEC teams are ranked in the top 78 in the GolfWeek/Sagarin Poll, with eight teams in the top 30 (#5 Georgia, #7 Vanderbilt, #10 Auburn, #13 Florida, #21 Tennessee, #25 LSU, #28 South Carolina, #29 Arkansas).

Results from each day's competition will be posted on the South Carolina website ( after the completion of each round. Fans can follow the SEC Championship by watching the live hole-by-hole coverage on the Golf Stat website (

South Carolina tees off Friday at 8:30 a.m. from hole number one with Vanderbilt and Arkansas.

Baseball - South Carolina Heads Back On The Road For SEC Series At Kentucky

Gamecocks Have Won 10 Consecutive Games Vs. Wildcats

Columbia, S.C. - Sixth ranked South Carolina (25-8, 6-6 SEC) continues SEC play this weekend as the Gamecocks travel to Lexington, Ky. for a three-game series against Kentucky. South Carolina has won 10 consecutive games vs. Kentucky (17-15, 3-9 SEC) and 13 of 14 dating back to the 2000 season.

The Gamecocks lead the overall series 26-19. Last season South Carolina swept a three-game series in Columbia with wins of 5-4, 7-2 and 5-0. South Carolina will start junior RHP Billy Buckner (4-1, 3.02 ERA) on Friday, junior LHP Matt Campbell (5-1, 2.50 ERA) on Saturday and junior RHP Aaron Rawl (6-2, 4.22 ERA) on Sunday.

Live GAMETRACKER stats and live audio will be available at www.GamecockInsider.COM. The game will also be broadcast on all affiliates of the Gamecock Baseball Radio Network with Mike Morgan and Tom Price calling the action.

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