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Baseball Closes Midweek Schedule at Winthrop
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Baseball Closes Midweek Schedule at Winthrop


  • South Carolina plays its final midweek game of 2024, heading to Rock Hill for a Tuesday night (May 7) game at Winthrop.
  • Tuesday’s game starts at 6 p.m. at Winthrop Ballpark.
  • Tuesday’s game will be streamed on ESPN+.
  • Tuesday’s game also will be on the Gamecock Sports Network presented by Learfield with Derek Scott and Stuart Lake on the call.


  • The Eagles split a two-game rain-shortened series with Radford on Sunday, winning the first game 8-6 before falling 5-4 in the nightcap.
  • Jaylen Hernandez was 3-for-4 in the win over the Highlanders.
  • Hernandez and Nicholas Badillo each have six home runs and 26 RBI on the year.
  • Winthrop lefty Riley Huge on Tuesday. Huge has 95 strikeouts in 56.2 innings pitched.
  • Tom Riginos is in his 14th season at Winthrop. During his time at Rock Hill, Winthrop has had 38 All-Big South selections.


  • Carolina leads the all-time series with Winthrop 26-7.
  • The Gamecocks are 6-2 in games in Rock Hill.
  • Carolina won 12-2 over the Eagles Feb. 20 in Columbia. Talmadge LeCroy was 3-for-3 with five runs scored in that win.


  • Carolina is currently tied with Georgia for third in the SEC East with matching 13-11 records. Overall, Carolina is tied for sixth with the Bulldogs.
  • Carolina has a No. 13 RPI and a No. 12 strength of schedule as of May 6. That is the sixth best RPI in the SEC.
  • The Gamecocks have nine wins in Q1 games.


  • Cole Messina was named the SEC Player of the Week on May 6.
  • Messina had a red-hot week, going 9-for-14 with seven runs scored, two doubles, a triple, three home runs, two stolen bases and 10 RBI in four games. Messina also walked three times for a .722 on-base percentage.
  • He had five RBI in Friday night’s 10-2 win and was 2-for-3 with three RBI in the East Tennessee State win. Messina ended the weekend with a 3-for-5 game with a double and a home run in the come-from-behind 9-4 victory.
  • This is Messina’s first SEC Player of the Week honor. It is also the first for the Gamecocks since Ethan Petry earned the award on April 10, 2023.


  • Garrett Gainey struck out 10 and allowed just two hits and no runs in six innings in a pair of games at Missouri May 3 and 5.
  • Gainey had five strikeouts in 2.1 innings in Friday’s 10-2 win. He struck out five again, allowing just one hit in 3.2 innings in Sunday’s 9-4 win.
  • Good earned the win on Friday night, pitching four innings of relief and allowing just one hit with seven strikeouts and two walks.
  • Good is now 5-1 on the year with a 2.68 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 43.2 innings.
  • Gainey has six saves and 49 strikeouts in 33 innings of work.


  • 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 17 doubles to go along with 14 home runs and 49 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 49 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched.

PETRY: 30 FOR (41)

  • Sophomore Ethan Petry hit a home run in the 9-4 win over Missouri on May 5, his 41st career home run as a Gamecock.
  • Petry is now a tie for ninth 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 one more home run to tie Steve Pearce (2004-05) and Phil Disher (2005-08) for seventh place on Carolina’s all-time list.

South Carolina Tyler Pitzer (Fr. RHP) 4-1, 4.31 ERA, 31.1 IP, 16 BB, 44 SO
Winthrop Connor Harris (Gr. RHP) 0-0, 7.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 4 BB, 3 SO


  • Carolina hosts Georgia on May 9-11 at Founders Park. Thursday’s game is on ESPNU with Friday’s game on SEC Network.