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Baseball Travels to Greenville to Face USC Upstate Tuesday
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Baseball Travels to Greenville to Face USC Upstate Tuesday


  • South Carolina visits Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive, for a Tuesday night (March 19) contest against USC Upstate.
  • First pitch is set for 6 p.m. between the Gamecocks and the Spartans.
  • Tuesday’s game will be streamed on ESPN+.
  • Tuesday’s game also will be on the Gamecock Sports Network presented by Learfield with Cade Crenshaw and Stuart Lake on the call.


  • The Spartans come into Tuesday’s game with a 14-7 overall record and a 3-0 mark in Big South play.
  • Upstate swept Gardner-Webb this past weekend, including winning Sunday’s matchup 20-2.
  • The Spartans are hitting .322 as a team and are led by Jace Rinehart’s .398 average.
  • Troy Hamilton has a team-best nine home runs while Grant Sherrod has 29 RBI.
  • Upstate will start freshman right Darin Kuskie on Tuesday. He has 13 strikeouts in 9.2 innings pitched. He struck out eight against Tennessee Tech in 4.2 innings on March 12.
  • Mike McGuire is in his fifth season as head coach at USC Upstate.  He guided the Spartans to the Big South Tournament championship game in 2023 and a program-record 38 wins last season.


  • Carolina holds a 15-1 series advantage on USC Upstate going into Tuesday’s game.
  • The Gamecocks won both meetings last season, winning 19-1 in Greenville on March 8 and 7-2 in Columbia on April 11.
  • In the game in March, Cole Messina went 4-for-6 and Gavin Casas drove in five runs as Carolina scored 13 runs in the first three innings.
  • Tuesday’s game is the only meeting between the two schools this season.


  • Carolina has drawn 159 walks in 20 games this season, which is tied for the national lead in walks with Texas A&M
  • Ethan Petry and Talmadge LeCroy lead the team with 18 walks, which is tied for sixth in the SEC.
  • The Gamecocks walked 18 times in the 22-6 win over Longwood on March 10. It’s the most dating back to 2005 (first year of game-by-game stats available).
  • Carolina’s is averaging 7.95 walks per game.


  • The South Carolina pitching staff has a 2.90 ERA after 20 games, good for third in both the SEC and the NCAA.
  • The Gamecocks have struck out 196 batters in 167.2 innings, led by 19 punchouts from Eddie Copper, Eli Jones, Matthew Becker and Chris Veach.
  • The Gamecock opponents are hitting just .201, led by Dylan Eskew’s .186 opponent’s batting average. Garrett Gainey has a .114 opponent’s batting average in 10.1 innings.
  • Eli Jones has a 2.22 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 24.1 innings pitched.
  • Ty Good has pitched in 13.2 innings and has a 0.66 ERA with 18 strikeouts and a .133 opponent’s batting average.
  • The Gamecocks are fifth in the NCAA in hits allowed per nine innings (6.66) and are sixth in team WHIP (1.15).


  • Kennedy Jones was 7-for-12 with three runs scored, two doubles, a home run, two walks and two RBI in the three games at Ole Miss (March 15-17).
  • Jones hit his third home run of the season in Saturday’s game, part of a three-hit day where he was a triple short of the cycle.
  • He had two hits and a walk in Sunday’s 6-2 win and now has a .388 batting average with a 1.169 OPS.

PETRY: 30 FOR 30

  • Sophomore Ethan Petry hit a home run in the fourth inning on Saturday at Ole Miss, which was his 30th career round tripper.
  • Petry is now tied for 26th place on Carolina’s all-time home runs list and is the 29th Gamecock to hit 30 or more home runs in a career.
  • The last player to achieve that feat was Braylen Wimmer (2020-23), who had 32 career home runs. Wes Clarke (2019-21) also had 32 home runs in his Gamecock career.
  • Petry currently is tied with Christian Walker (2010-12), Jackie Bradley Jr. (2009-11) and Jeff Barns (1985-87) for 26th place.


  • Carolina relievers Matthew Becker and Garrett Gainey were brilliant in Sunday’s 6-2 win over Ole Miss in Oxford.
  • Becker pitched 5.1 innings of relief, allowing four hits and two runs with four strikeouts and no walks to earn his fourth win of the season.
  • Becker was two outs shy of his career high in innings pitched, set his freshman season against Texas.
  • Gainey pitched the final two frames and allow a hit and walk with two strikeouts.
  • Gainey has a 0.87 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 10.1 innings pitched this season.

South Carolina Eddie Copper (Fr. RHP) 1-0, 2.00 ERA, 18.0 IP, 5 BB, 19 K
USC Upstate Darin Kuskie (Fr. RHP) 0-0, 8.38 ERA, 9.2 IP, 11 BB, 13 K


  • The Gamecocks play their first SEC home series this weekend against Vanderbilt.
  • Friday’s game begins at 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday’s games at 4 and 1:30 p.m., respectively.
  • All three games will be on SEC Network Plus.
  • Vanderbilt is coming off a three-game sweep of Auburn in Nashville this past weekend.