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Baseball Opens SEC Play with Three-Game Set at Ole Miss
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Baseball Opens SEC Play with Three-Game Set at Ole Miss


  • South Carolina starts SEC play this weekend, traveling to Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss., for a three-game set at Ole Miss.
  • The Gamecocks and Rebels start the series on Friday night (March 15) with a 7:30 p.m. ET first pitch.
  • The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and concludes Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Saturday’s game will be televised on SEC Network with Connor Onion and Lance Cormier on the call. SEC Network Plus will stream Friday and Sunday’s game.
  • All three games also will be on the Gamecock Sports Network presented by Learfield with Cade Crenshaw and Stuart Lake on the call.


  • Ole Miss enters Friday’s game with a 13-5 record after defeating Louisiana-Monroe, 5-3, on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Andrew Fischer had two hits and drove in a pair of runs in the win over the Warhawks.
  • Ethan Lege leads Ole Miss with a .379 batting average  while he shared the RBI lead (21) with Jackson Ross.
  • On the mound, Gunnar Dennis has 22 strikeouts and a 3-0 record in 18.2 innings pitched in four appearances.
  • The Rebels have won seven straight games, which included a three-game sweep of Morehead State this past weekend.
  • Mike Bianco is in his 24th season as head coach at Ole Miss. He is the winningest coach in program history and guided the Rebels to the 2022 national championship.


  • Carolina leads the all-time series with Ole Miss, 39-28, heading into Friday’s game in Oxford.
  • The two teams last met in the 2022 season in Columbia with the Gamecocks taking 2-of-3 games from the Rebels.
  • The Gamecocks walked off the final game of the season as Jalen Vasquez’s sacrifice fly scored Talmadge LeCroy for the 9-8 win on April 16, 2022.
  • Ole Miss swept Carolina in the last meeting in Oxford in 2021.


  • All 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference will open league play this weekend.
  • Carolina opens on the road in the SEC for the fourth straight season (at Vanderbilt in 2021, at Tennessee in 2022, at Georgia in 2023).
  • Last year, the Gamecocks swept Georgia, winning both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday and run-rule win on Sunday.
  • Ethan Petry was 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in the middle game of the series, a 12-2 win over the Bulldogs.
  • The last time Carolina and Ole Miss opened conference play against each other was in 2014, when Carolina won 2-of-3 games in Columbia on March 14-15.


  • The South Carolina pitching staff has a 2.21 ERA after 17 games, good for second in both the SEC and the NCAA.
  • The Gamecocks have struck out 176 batters in 142.2 innings, led by Eddie Copper’s 19 punchouts.
  • The Gamecock opponents are hitting just .187, led by Dylan Eskew’s .147 opponent’s batting average, which is seventh in the league. Garrett Gainey has a .107 opponent’s batting average in 8.1 innings.
  • Eli Jones has a 1.40 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 19.1 innings pitched.
  • The Gamecocks lead in the NCAA in hits allowed per nine innings (6.12) and are third in team WHIP (1.04).


  • Senior Tyler Causey’s RBI triple gave Carolina a lead it would not relinquish in a 4-3 win over Georgia State March 12.
  • In Carolina’s last five games, Causey has eight RBI.
  • He drove in five runs in the 22-6 win over Longwood on March 10, including his second home run of the year.
  • Causey has two doubles, a triple, two home runs and 16 RBI on the season after 17 games.

South Carolina Eli Jones (Jr. RHP) 2-0, 1.40 ERA, 19.1 IP, 2 BB, 17 K
Ole Miss Gunnar Dennis (Jr. LHP) 3-0, 4.34 ERA, 18.2 IP, 9 BB, 22 K

South Carolina Dylan Eskew (R-Jr. RHP) 2-1, 2.89 ERA, 18.2 IP, 6 BB, 15 K
Ole Miss Liam Doyle (So. LHP) 1-0, 3.24 ERA, 8.1 IP, 3 BB, 17 K

South Carolina TBA
Ole Miss Grayson Saunier (So. RHP) 3-1, 2.55 ERA, 17. IP, 8 BB, 15 K


  • Carolina travels to Greenville, S.C., and Fluor Field to face USC Upstate on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m.