Baseball Hosts Presbyterian Tuesday Afternoon
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina baseball team hosts Presbyterian on Tuesday afternoon (March 14) at 4 p.m. at Founders Park.
Tuesday’s game will be on SEC Network Plus. All games also will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM with Brett Williams and Tommy Moody on the call.
The Gamecocks are coming off a three-game sweep of Bethune-Cookman this past weekend, including winning a doubleheader on Saturday. Carolina had three grand slams amongst its eight home runs while Jack Mahoney struck out nine in six innings in Saturday’s game two win. The Gamecocks are off to their best start to a season since 2014, when the Gamecocks also were 16-1 after 17 games.
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: 4 p.m.
Stadium opens: 3:00 p.m.
Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m.
Lot 1, STDM, HDG PDGL Open: 2 p.m.
Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m.
The Blue Hose dropped three games at Eastern Kentucky this past weekend. Brody Fahr leads Presbyterian with a .328 batting average while Jack Gorman, Joel Dragoo and Dalton Reeves have eight RBI apiece. Charlie McDaniel has a team-best 20 strikeouts on the mound while Tanner Smith and Luke Gibson have two saves apiece.
SERIES VS. PRESBYTERIAN
Carolina leads the all-time series over Presbyterian, 48-21, but the Blue Hose won last year’s contest, 9-6. Current Gamecock Chris Veach had a hit and walked twice in that game. For Carolina, Brandt Belk was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
South Carolina Matthew Becker (So. LHP) 1-0, 5.87 ERA, 7.2 IP, 5 BB, 11 SO
Presby Kyle Mueller (Fr. RHP) 1-0, 6.23 ERA, 8.2 IP, 2 BB, 6 SO
AIN’T IT GRAND
The Gamecocks continue to put the baseball in seats this season, leading the nation with 45 home runs. During the Bethune-Cookman weekend, Carolina had three grand slams, coming off the bats of Dylan Brewer, Will McGillis and Caleb Denny. The two on Friday marked the first time Carolina had a pair of grand slams in a game since Feb. 27, 2016, against Penn State. Carolina has five grand slams this season, the most since the 2010 team had six grand slams on the season.
GAMECOCKS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
The Gamecocks lead the nation with 45 home runs this season. Gavin Casas is sixth in the nation with nine home runs … Carolina is sixth in the nation in drawing walks with 112 and second in the country with 50 hit by pitches … The Gamecocks’ .455 on-base percentage is sixth in the country … On the mound, Carolina is eighth in earned-run average at 2.70 .. Braylen Wimmer leads the country with 31 runs scored … Cole Messina is ninth in the country with 27 RBI … Ethan Petry is third in the NCAA with four sacrifice flies.
Carolina opens Southeastern Conference play at Georgia on March 17-19. Friday’s game will start at 6 p.m. with Saturday’s contest at 2 p.m. Sunday’s game will begin at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on SEC Network with Richard Cross and Lance Cormier on the call.