Baseball Continues Homestand with Wednesday Night Matchup vs. Furman
The Gamecocks and Paladins square off with a 7 p.m. first pitch.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina baseball team continues its eight-game homestand this Wednesday night (May 8) by hosting Furman at Founders Park. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on SEC Network + with Burch Antley and Kip Bouknight 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 is coming off a three-game sweep by the hands of No. 4 Vanderbilt this past weekend.
> 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.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
South Carolina Wesley Sweatt (Fr. RHP) 2-3, 4.55 ERA, 31.2 IP, 9 BB, 19 SO
Furman Matt Lazzaro (So. LHP) 1-6, 7.20 ERA, 55.0 IP, 16 BB, 38 SO
The Paladins won 2-of-3 games from VMI this past weekend, winning 11-4 on Saturday and 13-5 on Sunday. Dax Roper went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI in Sunday’s win and was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week. Jabari Richards leads Furman with a .347 batting average, while Sterling Turmon has 10 home runs. Logan Taplett has a team-best 32 RBI. On the mound, Jordan Beatson is 4-1 with a pair of saves and 35 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched.
Carolina has a 117-56-2 series advantage on Furman heading into Wednesday’s contest and has won eight of the last 10 games against the Paladins. Back on March 19 in Greenville, the Gamecocks won 12-7 at Fluor Field. TJ Hopkins was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI while Brady Allen had two hits and four RBI in the win. Carolina is 46-30-1 all-time against Furman in Columbia.
EYSTER, OLSON HAVE SOLID WEEKEND VS. VANDY
Sophomore Andrew Eyster and senior Jacob Olson combined to go 10-for-16 at the plate in the three-game series against Vanderbilt. Eyster went 5-for-7 (.714) with a double, a home run and three RBI. Olson was 5-for-9 with a double, a home run and four RBI. On the year, Eyster is hitting .288, which leads the team, with eight doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBI. Olson leads the Gamecocks with 13 home runs to go along with a .273 batting average, 12 doubles and 34 RBI.
TRIPLE YOUR TRIPLES
South Carolina had three triples on the night in the 10-3 win over Charleston Southern on April 23, two by freshman Brady Allen. The Gamecocks had back-to-back triples in the third inning as Allen and classmate Josiah Sightler each reached to start the inning. The last Gamecock to have two triples in a game was Lonnie Chisenhall against Western Kentucky on Feb. 10, 2007. The last time Carolina had three triples in a game was on March 4, 2005 vs. Pepperdine in Minneapolis, Minn. The school record for triples in a game is five set on March 17, 1986 against The Citadel.
Carolina plays its final home SEC series of the season this weekend as Kentucky comes to town. The series opens on Friday, May 10 with first pitch set for 7 p.m. All three games of the series will be televised on SEC Network with Dave Neal and Ben McDonald on the call.