Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dissa and Data, Feb. 16

* South Carolina's 11 NCAA Division I schools went a combined 10-2 on Friday, with Presbyterian suffering both losses.
* South Carolina retired former coach Ray Tanner's uniform No. 1, the first retired number in the baseball program's history.
* I know there are more urgent issues, but I wish the state would aggressively enforce the rule against scalping tickets. Scalpers were asking $50 for $12 tickets outside Carolina Stadium on Friday.
* Former USC coaches Bobby Richardson and June Raines were at USC's Friday opener. Richardson, the Sumter native and former New York Yankees great,  took the Gamecocks to their first College World Series in 1975. He later also coached at Liberty.
* Virginia Lynchburg, which gave up 32 stolen bases to Benedict in five innings in the second game of a Thursday doubleheader, has been out scored 108-3 in its six games this season. The Dragons were 2-15 in their inaugural season in 2012 and were outcored 224-67. Twenty-seven of their runs came in their two victories.
* Weather permitting, you might get a chance to see a woman pitch in a college game on Saturday. Montreat, which plays a doubleheader against Bluefield State at Stevens Field in Greer, has 5-foot-3 sophomore right-hander Martina Sementelli on its roster.
* USC Spartanburg's Gaither Bumgardner had five hits against Niagara on Friday.
* There were some opening-day upsets. Duke beat No. 15 Florida,  4-3. Teams ranked in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' poll went 22-12. No. 5 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford and No. 9 N.C. State also also lost.

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