Gamecock Baseball Notebook
COLUMBIA – The University of South Carolina baseball team went 2-1 on the week, defeating No. 13 North Carolina in Charlotte on Tuesday and splitting a rain-shortened two-game series vs. LSU on the weekend.
4/4/23 – vs. North Carolina (W, 5-0)
4/6/23 – LSU (W, 13-5)
4/7/23 – LSU (L, 7-8)
Ethan Petry drove in eight runs in Thursday’s win over LSU, becoming the first Gamecock since Adam Mathews against the College of Charleston in 2011 to drive in eight runs in a game. Petry hit a two-run home run in the first off Paul Skenes, then had a grand slam in the fifth in the 13-5 win. Petry leads the Gamecocks with 51 RBI.
The quintet of Gamecock arms shut out No. 13 North Carolina on Tuesday night in Charlotte. Matthew Becker and Eli Jerzembeck each pitched three innings, combining for six strikeouts on no hits. Nick Proctor, Eli Jones and Cade Austin each pitched one shutout inning as the Gamecocks did not allow a walk to the Tar Heels in the 5-0 win.
Will Sanders returned to the weekend rotation on Thursday vs. LSU and struck out four in three innings of work, allowing two hits and an unearned run with no walks. He had to leave due to rain delay, but Sanders now has 41 strikeouts in 34.1 innings pitched.
Chris Veach threw three innings of shutout relief on Friday vs. LSU, striking out five and not allowing a hit. Veach now has a 1.80 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 15 innings of work.
Carolina had four home runs in Thursday’s win over LSU, two from Ethan Petry and one each from Braylen Wimmer and Dylan Brewer. Carolina now has a nation’s-best 76 home runs on the year.
Carolina comes in at No. 3 in the latest RPI rankings as of April 9. The Gamecocks are 9-3 against Quad 1 team and 19-1 at home this season.
4/11/23 – USC Upstate, 7 p.m. (SECN+)
4/14/23 – at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (SECN+)
4/15/23 – at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m. (SECN+)
4/16/23 – at Vanderbilt, 2 p.m. (SECN+)