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Baseball Visits Missouri for Three-Game SEC Set
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Baseball Visits Missouri for Three-Game SEC Set


  • South Carolina visits Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo., for a three-game SEC series at Missouri.
  • Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. EDT with Saturday and Sunday’s games at 4 and 2 p.m. EDT.
  • All three games will be streamed on SEC Network Plus.
  • All games also will be on the Gamecock Sports Network presented by Learfield with Derek Scott and Stuart Lake on the call.


  • The Tigers come into the weekend with a 20-26 overall record and a 6-15 record in SEC play.
  • Missouri is coming off a 13-1 win over Lindenwood on Tuesday night. Matt Garcia had three RBI and Danny Corona had two hits and two RBI in the win.
  • Jackson Lovich leads the Tigers with a .293 batting average while Trevor Austin has 10 home runs and 30 RBI this year.
  • On the mound, Ryan Magdic has two saves and 29 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.
  • Kerrick Jackson is in his first season in Columbia. He was the head coach at Memphis from 2021-23. He is the first African-American head baseball coach in Southeastern Conference history.


  • Carolina leads the all-time series with Missouri 20-13 heading into the weekend.
  • Last season, the Gamecocks swept the Tigers, winning 9-8 in the opener on a fielder’s choice and throwing error in the bottom of the ninth.
  • Ethan Petry’s RBI single in the 12th gave the Gamecocks the sweep in the 5-4 win.
  • Carolina is 5-10 all-time against Missouri in CoMo.


  • Carolina is currently tied with Vanderbilt for third in the SEC East with matching 11-10 records. Overall, Carolina is tied for sixth with the Commodores but holds the tiebreak thanks to a sweep of Vandy in April.
  • Carolina has a No. 10 RPI and a No. 4 strength of schedule as of May 2. That is the sixth best RPI in the SEC.
  • The Gamecocks are 12-12 against Quad 1 opponents this season. The 24 games against Quad 1 opponents are tied with Alabama for the most Q1 games played in the country.


  • Cole Messina was named to the Buster Posey Award Midseason Watch List.
  • The award is given to the best Division I catcher in the country.
  • Messina has a team-best 15 doubles to go along with 12 home runs and 42 RBI this season.
  • Garrett Gainey was named to the NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List.
  • The award is handed out to the best relief pitcher in Division I baseball.
  • Gainey is tied for second in the SEC with six saves and has 39 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.


  • Dylan Eskew pitched a career-high 6.1 innings, scattering five hits and walking only one in a 10-0, 7-inning shutout of Kentucky on April 28.
  • Eskew retired the first seven Kentucky hitters and helped Carolina to its third shutout of the season.
  • The outing lowered his ERA to 3.78 and his opponent’s batting average to .224.


  • The outfield trio of Blake Jackson, Kennedy Jones and Austin Brinling had stellar weekends in the series win over Kentucky.
  • Jackson had two home runs, including a walk-off two-run shot in the 10th to defeat the Wildcats on Friday, 6-5.
  • Jackson had four hits and six RBI in the three-game set.
  • Jones drove in eight runs in the three-game set, going 5-for-11 with three runs scored. He had four RBI in the Sunday 10-0 win.
  • Brinling was 6-for-14 with five runs scored in three games. He was 3-for-6 in Saturday’s contest vs. Kentucky.


  • Carolina has drawn 307 walks in 44 games this season, which leads the country in free passes. The Gamecocks lead second place Texas A&M by six walks.
  • Ethan Petry leads the team with 44 walks, which is tied for second  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 is averaging 6.98 walks per game.

PETRY: 30 FOR 3(9)

  • Sophomore Ethan Petry hit a home run in the 15-2 win over ETSU on May 1, his 39th career home run as a Gamecock.
  • Petry is now in 12th 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 needs two more home runs to pull into a tie for ninth with James Darnell (2006-08), Tripp Kelly (1998-2001) and Charlie Aldrich (1985-87).


  • Head Coach Mark Kingston earned his 200th win at South Carolina in the Presbyterian game on March 26. Kingston now has 210 wins at Carolina and 483 wins overall.
  • Ethan Petry recorded his 100th career RBI in the Presbyterian win. Petry now has 118 RBI in only 107 career games. Cole Messina joined Petry in the 100-RBI club on April 20 against Arkansas. Messina has 108 RBI in his Gamecock career.
  • Cole Messina recorded his 100th career hit at Carolina March 26 vs. Presbyterian. Messina now has 122 hits, joining Talmadge LeCroy (113) and Ethan Petry (129) in the 100-hit club at Carolina.
  • Ty Good recorded his 300th career strikeout March 30 at Alabama. Good has 323 strikeouts between the College of Charleston and Carolina.
  • Kennedy Jones and Parker Noland both are in the 200-hit club in college. Jones has 220 hits between UNC Greensboro and Carolina while Noland has 230 hits between Vanderbilt and Carolina.

South Carolina Roman Kimball (R-So., RHP) 2-1, 4.10 ERA, 26.1 IP, 26 BB, 36 K
Missouri Logan Lunceford (So. RHP) 1-4, 7.04 ERA, 47.1 IP, 17 BB, 43 K

South Carolina Eli Jones (Jr. RHP) 3-2, 3.91 ERA, 53.0 IP, 15 BB, 44 K
Missouri Javyn Pimental (Jr. LHP) 2-2, 3.64 ERA, 42.0 IP, 13 BB, 45 K

South Carolina TBA
Missouri TBA

Carolina visits Rock Hill for a Tuesday night (May 7) matchup at Winthrop. First pitch is at 6 p.m.