Matt Connolly

As SEC play starts, USC baseball statistically better than last year

Chad Holbrook’s team begins SEC play this weekend against Arkansas.
Chad Holbrook’s team begins SEC play this weekend against Arkansas. dmclemore@thestate.com

South Carolina is 17-2 entering SEC play, compared with 14-3 through the same time last season. The Gamecocks are much-improved statistically from this time a season ago.

Here is a look at how the numbers compare to 2015:

OFFENSE

Batting average

2015: .274

2016: .323

Runs per game

2015: 6.9

2016: 8.4

On-base percentage

2015: .377

2016: .415

Slugging percentage

2015: .385

2016: .452

DEFENSE/PITCHING

Fielding percentage

2015: .970

2016: .981

ERA

2015: 2.19

2016: 1.97

Strikeouts/Walks

2015: 146/51

2016: 184/58

Opponents’ batting average

2015: .223

2016: .201

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