Peach Bowl Football

Wes Clarke hit his 22nd homer of the season in the SEC Tournament loss to Alabama (Vasha Hunt/Abell Images)

The Gamecocks had a short stay in Hoover, AL at the SEC Baseball Tournament. One and done for Mark Kingston’s crew as they lost to Alabama 9-3 in the single-elimination round Tuesday. One of the few highlights for the Gamecocks was Wes Clarke hitting his 22nd home runs of the season. He is tied for the national lead with Matheu Nelson of Florida State. The Gamecocks are 33-21 and now wait for the NCAA Tournament assignment. USC is one of the 20 schools being considered as a regional host. One projection has the Gamecocks hosting, but as a No. 2 seed with Old Dominion the No. 1 seed. Another recent projection has them playing at the Notre Dame regional. The 16 regional host locations will be announced Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., and the full NCAA Tournament field will be announced Monday at noon.

Clarke was named to the All-SEC second team, and pitcher Will Sanders was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Gamecock sophomore tennis star Daniel Rodrigues played for the NCAA Singles National Championship Friday afternoon in Orlando. Rodrigues, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, met Florida’s Sam Riffice in the title match. The result was a loss in the championship match for Rodriguez 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Gamecock golfer Ryan Hall opened play Friday in the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, AZ. Hall earned a spot in the tournament by virtue of winning the Albuquerque Regional last week. Hall also was named a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award. He’s one of five who are up for that award with the winner to be announced at The Memorial Tournament next weekend in Dublin, OH.

Women’s golfer sophomore Pauline Roussin-Bouchard was named a First Team All-American by the Women’s Golf coaches Association. Roussin-Bouchard won four tournaments during the season, including the 2021 SEC Championship. All four Roussin-Bouchard's wins this season account for the four lowest 54-hole scores in program history, and her 70.66 scoring average is the lowest single-season total in team history. Senior Ana Pelaez was named a second-team All American. She completed her season with a 71.45 scoring average for the year, the best of her career, and the third lowest career scoring average in program history with 73.35.

Women’s basketball junior center Aliyah Boston was named the Women’s Basketball Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Boston recorded a 3.80 GPA in mass communications, and was named a unanimous first team All-American this past season. Boston's 17 double-doubles ranked fifth in the nation and yielded 13.7 points and 11.5 rebounds per game on the season. She was among the nation's top 20 in rebounds per game (12th), offensive rebounds per game (18th, 4.1) and blocks per game (18th, 2.6).

Kickoff times and TV outlets for the Gamecocks’ first three football games of the 2021 season were announced this week. The season opener at home against Eastern Illinois will kickoff at 7:00 PM on SEC Network+ and ESPN+. The next week, the Gamecocks will play at East Carolina with a noon kickoff on ESPN2. And game three at Georgia will kickoff at 7:00 PM and will be televised on ESPN.

The East Regionals of the NCAA Track and Field Championships are being held this weekend in Jacksonville. Seven UofSC women advanced to the semi-final events Saturday. Here’s a recap as reported by GamecocksOnline:

Caitlyn Little in the 100m hurdles nearly matched a lifetime best, clocking a 13.11. Little's time makes her the No. 14 qualifier overall, and she will be in lane seven of the first heat on Saturday night.

In the 400 meters, Aliyah Abrams won her heat in 52.21 and will bring the third-best time to Saturday's NCAA quarterfinal. Stephanie Davis (52.71), Alysia Johnson (52.89) and Knowledge Omovoh (53.17) also qualified for Saturday's competition in the event with Davis and Johnson earning automatic qualifying spots while Omovoh qualified on time.

De'Andreah Young posted a lifetime best of 57.45 in the 400m hurdles to win her event and enter Saturday's competition with the third-best time in the region. Freshman Ashton Lindley joined Young in her outdoor NCAAs debut, automatically qualifying with a second-place finish in her heat.

The men’s competition will conclude Friday. Among the Gamecocks who will be in action are Evan Miller in the 200 meters, Filip Demsar in the 110-meter hurdles, and William Spencer Jr. and William Richards in the 400-meter hurdles.

The Gamecocks Eric Favor qualified for the NCAA Championships in the shot put with a mark of 19.06 meters. Favor will be heading to the Championships for a second time next month.

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