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Baseball Faces Clemson in Annual In-State Series
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Baseball Faces Clemson in Annual In-State Series

by Kent Reichert

The Gamecocks and Tigers start the series Friday night at Founders Park.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina baseball team faces in-state rival Clemson in its annual three-game series across the state of South Carolina. The series begins at Founders Park on Friday night (March 4) at 7 p.m. The series moves across town to Segra Park on Saturday afternoon (March 5) at 4 p.m. and concludes in Clemson on Sunday afternoon (March 6) at 3 p.m. Friday’s game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus with Saturday and Sunday’s games on ACC Network Extra and ACC Network, respectively. Roy Philpott and Roddy Jones will have the call for Sunday’s game. All games also will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM with Derek Scott, Tommy Moody and Stuart Lake on the call. The Gamecocks are coming off a come-from-behind, 9-6 win over Appalachian State in Charlotte on Tuesday night. Andrew Eyster drove in four runs while Michael Braswell reached base three times and picked up his second save in relief.
Shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road). Shuttle begins two (2) hours prior to first pitch and continues until 1 hour after the game.

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). All gameday lots are cashless. Please have a debit card or credit card ready for payment upon entry into parking lots.

Game Time: 7 p.m.
Stadium Opens: 6:00 p.m.
Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m.
Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 5 p.m.
Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m.

The Tigers are off to an 8-0 start after defeating USC Upstate 8-5 on Tuesday night. Bryar Hawkins had three RBI while Jonathan French had a pair of hits, including a home run. On the season, Cooper Ingle is hitting .469 with 12 RBI while Caden Grice has three home runs and 11 RBI with an inning pitched on the mound. Mack Anglin has 14 strikeouts and no earned runs in 10 innings of work in 2022.

Carolina won the series in 2021, winning the first two games in February before falling in midweek action in May. Andrew Eyster had game-winning hits in Saturday and Sunday’s wins in Greenville and Columbia, respectively, while Will Sanders earned wins on the mound in both contests. Clemson leads the all-time series, 183-142-2.

South Carolina Will Sanders (So. RHP) 2-0, 3.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, 0 BB, 8 SO
Clemson Mack Anglin (So. RHP) 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 10.0 IP, 5 BB, 14 SO
South Carolina TBA
Clemson Nick Hoffmanm (So. RHP) 1-0, 4.50 ERA, 8.0 IP, 4 BB, 8 SO
South Carolina TBA
Clemson Nick Clayton (So. RHP) 0-0, 9.53 ERA, 5.2 IP, 2 BB, 6 SO
Andrew Eyster continued his hot start to 2022 as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI in a 9-6 win over App State on March 1. Eyster leads the team in home runs (3) and RBI (17) and is 19-for-37 at the plate this season. He is tied for second in the country in hits and is at 103 career RBI, recording his 100th RBI in the App State win.
South Carolina heads into Friday’s game against Clemson seventh in batting average (.311). Andrew Eyster leads the league with 19 hits, while Braylen Wimmer is tied for fifth with 16. Eyster is third in batting average (.514), tied for second in RBI (17), fifth in total bases (32) and ninth in slugging percentage (.865). Michael Braswell is second in the league with 11 walks, is tied for fifth in on-base percentage (.571) and tied for third in runs scored (13). On the mound, Will Sanders is tied for fifth with 12 innings pitched and John Gilreath is tied for the conference lead with five appearances. Carolina is third in the SEC with a .990 fielding percentage.

The Gamecocks host Xavier on Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Founders Park. The game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus.