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Baseball Hosts Charlotte Tuesday Night at Founders Park
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Baseball Hosts Charlotte Tuesday Night at Founders Park

by Kent Reichert

The Gamecocks and 49ers square off Tuesday at 7 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina baseball team returns to Founders Park for the first time in April as the Gamecocks host Charlotte Tuesday night (April 9) at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on SEC Network + with Burch Antley and Michael Roth on the call. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM and the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. Carolina won 1-of-3 games at Alabama this past weekend, taking the series finale, 5-4, in 12 innings. Brett Kerry pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win while TJ Hopkins scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the 12th.


> For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time.

We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. 

For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201.

GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game))

Game Time: 7 p.m.
Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m.
Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m.
Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m.
Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m.


South Carolina TJ Shook (R-So. RHP) 2-1, 3.38 ERA, 26.2 IP, 13 BB, 38 SO
Charlotte Mason Herbert (Fr. RHP) 0-1, 10.80 ERA, 11.2 IP, 8 BB, 5 SO


The 49ers were swept at home by Florida Atlantic this past weekend. Charlotte is led at the plate by Todd Elwood, who is hitting .395 with six doubles. Dominick Cammarata has a team-best six home runs, while Harris Yett has 16 doubles and 27 RBI. On the mound, Matt Brooks is 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched.


Carolina is 24-8 against Charlotte in the all-time season series. The two teams have played just once since 2008 as the Gamecocks defeated the 49ers, 5-4, on Feb. 21, 2017. Alex Destino and Jacob Olson each homered for Carolina in the win while Tyler Johnson struck out a pair to earn the save.


Freshman Brett Kerry was instrumental in helping the Gamecocks pick up the 5-4, 12-inning win over Alabama on Saturday (April 6) as he pitched the final 5.2 innings, allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out four. Kerry retired the final seven batters to the plate and picked up crucial outs with runners in scoring position in both the ninth and 10th frames. On the year, Kerry is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA, three saves and 41 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched.


South Carolina had eight players on Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day (March 28), including Jackie Bradley Jr., who earned a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox and was named the 2018 ALCS Most Valuable Player. Whit Merrifield (Kansas City), Justin Smoak (Toronto), Sam Dyson (San Francisco), Grayson Greiner (Detroit) and Christian Walker (Arizona) all are on active rosters while Steve Pearce (Boston), who was the 2018 World Series MVP, and Jordan Montgomery (New York Yankees) will start the 2019 season on the disabled list. Tyler Webb (St. Louis) is on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster heading into the new campaign. The SEC has 85 former players on Opening Day rosters.


Carolina heads to Gainesville, Fla., and McKethan Stadium for a three-game set at Florida. The series begins Thursday night (April 11) at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU with Tom Hart and Kyle Peterson on the call.