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Baseball Hosts Vanderbilt in Thursday-Saturday Series
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Baseball Hosts Vanderbilt in Thursday-Saturday Series

by Kent Reichert

The Gamecocks and Commodores start the series Thursday night at 8 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina baseball team climbs back into Southeastern Conference action this weekend when the Gamecocks host No. 4 Vanderbilt for a Thursday-Saturday series. The series begins Thursday night (March 24) with an 8 p.m. first pitch. Game two is on Friday night (March 25) at 7 p.m. and the series concludes Saturday afternoon (March 26) at 2 p.m. Thursday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Tom Hart and Kyle Peterson on the call. Friday and Saturday’s games will be on SEC Network Plus. All games also will be broadcast on the Gamecock Sports Network with Derek Scott and Tommy Moody on the call. The Gamecocks fell at The Citadel on Tuesday night. Aidan Hunter allowed just three hits in his five innings of work while Carson Hornung was 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate.
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: 7/8 p.m.
Stadium Opens: 6:00/7:00 p.m.
Business Lots Open: 5/5:30:6/6:30 p.m.
Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 5/6 p.m.
Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5/6 p.m.

Game Time: 2 p.m.
Stadium Opens: 1 p.m.
Business Lots Open: 12 p.m.
Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 12 p.m.
Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 12 p.m.

The Commodores, winners of 17 games in a row, defeated Belmont, 13-4, at First Horizon Park in Nashville on Tuesday. Spencer Jones went 3-for-4 with four RBI in the win. Dominic Keegan leads Vanderbilt with a .437 batting average and 24 RBI while Tate Kolwyck has six home runs. On the mound, Carter Holton is 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched.

Carolina holds a 58-36 all-time series lead on Vanderbilt heading into Thursday’s game. Carolina won the series finale last year in Nashville, 6-5, as Brett Kerry struck out 10 in 5.2 innings of relief while Brady Allen and Braylen Wimmer both homered and had three hits apiece.

South Carolina Noah Hall (Jr. RHP) 0-3, 8.55 ERA, 20.0 IP, 11 BB, 23 SO
Vanderbilt Chris McElvain (Jr. RHP) 3-0, 2.49 ERA, 25.1 IP, 7 BB, 38 SO
South Carolina Will Sanders (So. RHP) 3-1, 3.64 ERA, 29.2 IP, 11 BB, 32 SO
Vanderbilt Carter Holton (Fr. LHP) 4-0, 2.10 ERA, 30.0 IP, 6 BB, 45 SO
South Carolina Matthew Becker (Fr. LHP) 1-1, 2.65 ERA, 17.0 IP, 8 BB, 30 SO
Vanderbilt TBA
Freshman Aidan Hunter, a Summerville native, pitched five innings near his hometown at The Citadel on March 22, allowing just three hits and a run with a strikeout and a walk. Hunter lowered his ERA to 3.86 on the year and he has walked just three batters in 23.1 innings of work. Hunter is tied with Cade Austin for the most appearances on the team with nine.
Matt Hogan will see familiar faces in the other dugout this weekend. Hogan transferred to Carolina from Vanderbilt, where he played three seasons with the Commodores. Hogan went 1-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday night’s game at The Citadel. This is also the first of two straight weekends where a current Gamecock will face his old team (Brandt Belk vs. Missouri).

The Gamecocks host Presbyterian on Tuesday night (March 29) at 7 p.m. at Founders Park. The game will be on SEC Network Plus.