USC up four spots in baseball Top 25; SEC honors Schrock

GoGamecocks staff reportsApril 8, 2013 

South Carolina second baseman Max Schrock

JEFF BLAKE — jblake@thestate.com

South Carolina's baseball team moved up four spots in latest Baseball America Top 25 released Monday.

The Gamecocks (26-7) are No. 11 in the newest rankings, up from No. 15 last week. The team was 4-1 last week, including a series sweep on the road against Tennessee. The lone loss came Wednesday to Furman.

USC hosts The Citadel at 7 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to Florida for a three-game series that starts Thursday night.

The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with seven ranked teams this week, including four of the top 11.

Also Monday, South Carolina second baseman Max Schrock was named SEC Freshman of the Week. He hit .500 (11-for-22) last week with seven runs scored and eight RBI to earn the award for the first time this season.

Schrock’s game-winning RBI double in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Gamecocks to a 5-4 win over Tennessee in the series opener. He followed that up with a double, a homer and two RBI in Saturday’s 12-8 win over the Volunteers. In the series finale, Schrock had a career-high four hits with a career-high four RBI as well as two runs scored in the 19-2 win over Tennessee. The four hits matched an individual high for a Gamecock player in a game this year. He was 7-for-12 (.583) in the Tennessee series with five runs scored and seven RBI against the Volunteers.

Schrock has raised his season average to .264 (32-for-121) with six doubles, two triples and two homers. He has 24 RBI as well, tied for second highest on the team. For the season, Schrock leads the Gamecocks with 10 multi-hit games.

Baseball America Top 25

Rk.Team   Wins-Losses  Last WeekPrev. Rank
1.North Carolina29-25-11
2.Vanderbilt29-44-02
3.Louisiana State30-24-03
4.Cal State Fullerton28-44-04
5.Virginia29-34-05
6.Oregon State25-53-16
7.Florida State27-53-18
8.Louisville25-63-19
9.Oklahoma27-62-113
10.Arkansas23-92-114
11.South Carolina26-74-115
12.Indiana25-43-116
13.Kentucky22-91-37
14.Rice23-113-118
15.Arizona State19-94-124
16.Oregon23-81-211
17.UCLA19-91-310
18.Notre Dame19-104-120
19.NC State24-105-0NR
20.Georgia Tech23-92-312
21.Mississippi State26-93-1NR
22.Clemson21-115-1NR
23.Mississippi23-90-317
24.Houston24-91-319
25.Campbell28-55-0NR

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