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Baseball Travels to Rock Hill for Tuesday Night Matchup vs. Winthrop
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Baseball Travels to Rock Hill for Tuesday Night Matchup vs. Winthrop

by Kent Reichert

The Gamecocks and Eagles meet for the second time this season.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina baseball team travels to Rock Hill, S.C. and the Winthrop Ballpark to face Winthrop on Tuesday night (March 2). First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. There is no video stream for Tuesday’s game but there will be the radio broadcast on WISW 1320 AM with Tommy Moody and Brad Muller on the call. Carolina is coming off a two-game sweep of in-state rival Clemson this past weekend, winning both games in walk-off fashion on a pair of Andrew Eyster hits.

South Carolina Josiah Sightler (Jr. LHP) 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 4 SO
Winthrop Dalton Skinner (Fr. RHP) 2-0, 2.70 ERA, 6.2 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO
The Eagles took 2-of-3 games from Towson this past weekend, including a walk-off, 5-4, win on Sunday. Tyler Baker had the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth. Dillon Morton leads Winthrop with a .409 batting average while Andrew Jenner had 10 hits in seven games. On the mound, Dalton Mims is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA and five strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.
Carolina leads Winthrop, 20-7, in the all-time series and is playing in Rock Hill for the first time since 1999 on Tuesday. The two teams met last Tuesday, with the Gamecocks coming away with a 12-4 win behind three home runs from Wes Clarke. Carolina had seven home runs on the day, most in a game since the 2010 game against the Eagles.
For the second time in three seasons, Carolina has won the series over Clemson. This time, after a rain out on Friday night, the Gamecocks had back-to-back walk-off wins over the Tigers on Feb. 27 and 28. Andrew Eyster delivered the walk-off hit in both games of the series. His double in Greenville on Saturday drove in Brady Allen in the bottom of the 11th. He then had a walk-off single in the ninth in Columbia on Sunday. The third game will be played on May 11 in Clemson.
Andrew Eyster had walk-off hits in back-to-back wins over Clemson on Feb. 27-28. The senior from Ocala, Fla., doubled in the 11th inning in a 3-2 win on Saturday in Greenville. He then had a walk-off single in the ninth inning in the 8-7 win on Sunday in Columbia. Eyster is hitting .455 with five doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBI in eight games played against the Tigers.
Wes Clarke had a first six games to remember to start the 2021 season. The two-time SEC Co-Player of the Week and National Player of the Week is 14-for-22 with eight home runs, 17 RBI, 40 total bases, 14 runs scored, two doubles and nine walks. Clarke hit two home runs on Feb. 20 against Dayton and had three in the 12-4 win over Winthrop. It was the first time a Gamecock had three home runs in a game since Justin Smoak had three against USC Upstate on April 15, 2008. The junior then had two home runs, including a three-run shot, in the win over Clemson on Feb. 28. Clarke currently leads the nation with eight home runs and leads the SEC in home runs, batting average, RBI, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage and is tied for the lead in hits.

The Gamecocks host Mercer this weekend (March 5-7) at Founders Park. Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday’s games at 4 and noon, respectively.