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Baseball Closes Out Home Schedule Tuesday vs. USC Upstate
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Baseball Closes Out Home Schedule Tuesday vs. USC Upstate

by Kent Reichert

The Gamecocks and Spartans will meet for the first time since 2017 Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina baseball team plays its final home game of the 2019 season this Tuesday (May 14) as the Gamecocks welcome USC Upstate to Founders Park. Game time is set 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 took 2-of-3 games from Kentucky this past weekend, winning 5-4 on Friday night before cruising to an 11-3 win on Saturday.


> 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 Parker Coyne (So. RHP) 2-0, 5.19 ERA, 17.1 IP, 10 BB, 25 SO
USC Upstate Trey Van Der Weide (Jr. LHP) 2-2, 4.58 ERA, 57.0 IP, 20 BB, 49 SO


The Spartans were swept at Charleston Southern this past weekend and have lost four in a row heading into Tuesday’s game. J.J. Shimko leads USC Upstate with a .389 batting average and 13 doubles, while Garett Wallace has a team-best five home runs. On the mound, Will Wheeler is 4-3 with a 1.85 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched.


Carolina has won all 12 meetings with USC Upstate. Last year’s game was postponed due to rain, but the two teams played in 2017 with Carolina coming away with a 6-3 win. Carlos Cortes was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Jacob Olson was 2-for-4 in the win. Cody Morris struck out seven in six innings of work to pick up the victory.


Coming off picking up a pair of saves in the series win over Kentucky, Brett Kerry has been named the Southeastern Conference Baseball Freshman of the Week, it was announced this afternoon (Monday, May 13) by the league office. Kerry was dominant in the back of the bullpen to help the Gamecocks clinch a series win over Kentucky. The freshman needed just seven pitches in the ninth on Friday, recording a strikeout to pick up the save in the 5-4 victory. Then on Saturday, Kerry was asked to pitch the final three frames and struck out five of his 10 batters faced. The only hit he gave up was on an infield single in the ninth. This is the second time that Kerry has received a weekly conference honor. He was named Co-Freshman of the Week on March 4. On the season, Kerry is 3-1 with a 2.60 earned-run-average, seven saves and 61 strikeouts in just 52 innings pitched. He is eighth in the SEC in opponent’s batting average (.199).


Chris Cullen, Jacob Olson and TJ Hopkins all contributed to the Carolina offense on their Senior Day Saturday afternoon (May 11) in an 11-3 win over Kentucky. Cullen was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Olson had an RBI single and scored a run while Hopkins was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. All three seniors were honored before Saturday’s game.


Carolina ends the regular season this weekend, heading to Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State. The series starts Thursday night (May 16) at 6:30 p.m. CDT (7:30 p.m. EDT).