Gamecock Baseball Notebook
COLUMBIA – The University of South Carolina baseball team went 3-1 on the week, falling at Charlotte on Tuesday night before sweeping Missouri at home to move to 6-0 in SEC play.
3/21/23 – at Charlotte (L, 2-6)
3/24/23 – Missouri (W, 9-8)
3/25/23 – Missouri (W, 8-1)
3/25/23 – Missouri (W, 5-4 (12))
The Gamecocks are off to a 6-0 start in SEC play, the first time that has happened since the 2016 team swept Arkansas at home and Ole Miss on the road. Carolina has a road sweep at Georgia and is coming off a three-game sweep of Missouri that featured a pair of walk-off wins.
The Gamecocks scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Missouri, 9-8, on Friday night. Michael Braswell’s infield single and throwing error plated Caleb Denny with the winning run. Denny drove in a pair with a single to right and Jonathan French tied the game with a single through the right side.
Carolina had its first extra-inning contest in game two on Saturday as Ethan Petry’s single up the middle scored Will Tippett in a 5-4, 12-inning win. Petry had a two-run home run in the eighth to tie the game at four. Matthew Becker earned the win in relief, going three innings and striking out five.
Noah Hall pitched seven innings, striking out 10 and scattering five hits and a run in an 8-1 win in game one on Saturday. Hall retired the final 11 batters he faced and allowed just one base runner to go past second base. Hall leads Carolina with a 2.35 ERA and 41 strikeouts.
Petry had home runs in each of the Missouri games, driving in seven in the series. Petry now has a .444 batting average and 37 RBI to go along with 12 home runs and an .878 slugging percentage.
The 23-2 start to the season matches the 2016 team that also started 23-2 after 25 games.
Carolina still leads the country in home runs and are at 64 round trippers heading into this upcoming week. The 2023 team passed the 2022 mark of 58 home runs on Friday night and three players (Gavin Casas, 13; Ethan Petry, 12; Will McGillis, 10) already have double-digits in home runs.
3/28/23 – at The Citadel, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
3/30/23 – at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
3/31/23 – at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (SECN+)
4/1/23 – at Mississippi State, 3 p.m. (SECN+)