Texas A&M Baseball needs to show up against South Carolina

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South Carolina Players to Watch

The Gamecocks don’t boast the same level of pitching as the Aggies last two series opponents Florida and Arkansas, but what they make lack in pitching they make up for in defense.

Their .982 fielding percentage in 5th best in the nation. They aren’t going to make a lot of mistakes, meaning Aggie hitters will need to take advantage of every opportunity they have. The Aggie defense has been suspect at times this season. Right now they have a .972 fielding percentage and are second in the conference in errors with 57.

Saturday pitcher Cody Morris was named the SEC’s pitcher of the week this week after he struck out 10 in seven innings of work against the Missouri Tigers last weekend.

Senior Justin Row leads the Gamecocks in batting average and slugging percentage at .362 and .562, respectively. The Gamecocks as a whole have struck out less times this season than most of the SEC (362) and hit more homeruns than most of the conference (64). For comparison, the Aggies have struck out 376 times have hit 46 homeruns.

LT Tolbert and Carlos Cortes are two other names to watch this weekend. Tolbert leads the Gamecocks in RBIs with 43, and Cortes leads the team with 14 homeruns this season.