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Baseball Faces James Madison to Open Raleigh Regional
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Baseball Faces James Madison to Open Raleigh Regional


  • South Carolina makes its 35th appearance in NCAA Tournament play as the Gamecocks head to the NCAA Raleigh Regional starting Friday, May 31 against James Madison.
  • The Gamecocks face the Dukes at 2 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.
  • The game will be televised on ESPN+ with Dani Wexelman and Roddy Jones on the call.
  • Friday’s game also will be on the Gamecock Sports Network presented by Learfield with Derek Scott and Stuart Lake on the call.


  • The Dukes come into the Raleigh Regional with a 34-23 overall record and a 17-13 record in Sun Belt play.
  • Fenwick Trimble leads JMU with a .371 batting average with 17 doubles, 14 home runs and 61 RBI.
  • Jason Schiavone has a team-best 18 home runs and Mike Mancini has 29 stolen bases, part of the 100 for the Dukes as a team.
  • On the mound, Max Kuhle has four wins on the mound and 67 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched.
  • Marlin Ikenberry is in his ninth season as head coach at James Madison.


  • This will be the 11th meeting overall between Carolina and JMU. The Gamecocks own a 9-1 all-time record over the Dukes.
  • The last meeting between the two teams was in the 2008 Raleigh Regional, which was a 7-5 Gamecock win. Justin Smoak hit a pair of home runs and Blake Cooper struck out nine in 8.1 innings to earn the win.
  • Carolina and James Madison will play in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time. The Gamecocks won in the 1988 Atlantic Region Tournament in Coral Gables, Fla., by a 3-2 count.


  • Carolina is 140-73 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
  • The Gamecocks will play in the NCAA Tournament for the 35th time, having made 11 trips to the College World Series.
  • Carolina won the 2023 NCAA Columbia Regional, defeating Central Connecticut State, NC State and Campbell at Founders Park.
  • Carolina faced James Madison in the 2008 Raleigh Regional, defeating the Dukes, 7-5.


  • Ethan Petry was 7-for-19 with five runs scored, a home run and three RBI in the five NCAA Tournament games for the Gamecocks last season. He was named to the NCAA Columbia Regional All-Tournament team.
  • Talmadge LeCroy earned NCAA Columbia Regional team honors and had two doubles and six RBI in the five postseason games.
  • Eli Jones did not allow a run in 4.1 innings, striking out three in two appearances.
  • Chris Veach picked up a save in the win over NC State and struck out four in 3.1 innings in both the regional and super regional.
  • Parker Noland (Vanderbilt) and Blake Jackson (Charlotte) both played in the NCAA Tournament last year with their former teams.


  • Cole Messina was named to the All-SEC Tournament team after Sunday’s championship game.
  • Messina was 9-for-16 with nine runs scored, a double, four home runs, a tournament record 16 RBI and eight walks to go with three stolen bases.
  • Messina had a grand slam on Thursday against LSU and hit two home runs in the win over Arkansas on Wednesday.
  • Messina became the first Gamecock since LT Tolbert in 2018 to earn All-Tournament honors.
  • Messina now is hitting. 330 on the season with 20 home runs and 69 RBI.


  • Carolina went 3-2 in the SEC Tournament, defeating Alabama, Arkansas and Kentucky.
  • Parker Marlatt struck out six in 3.2 innings of relief in the 6-5 win over Kentucky on Friday. Marlatt allowed just two hits and a run to pick up his third win of the season.
  • Chris Veach earned the win in relief on Tuesday against Alabama. He did not allow a run in 5.2 innings of relief while striking out six in helping the Gamecocks to the double elimination round.
  • Dalton Reeves belted Carolina’s first grand slam of the season in the Alabama win, then hit a three-run home run on Satruday against LSU. Reeves had six hits and eight RBI in the tournament.
  • Blake Jackson scored 10 runs in five games of the SEC Tournament. Jackson went 7-for-15 with five walks and three hit-by-pitches.
  • Matthew Becker struck out eight batters in 5.2 innings, earning a save in the Kentucky win.
  • Carolina hit 10 home runs in the five tournament games, part of a record-breaking tournament that saw 46 round trippers in 17 games.


  • Cole Messina was named to the All-SEC second team at catcher on May 20.
  • This is the second straight year that Messina has earned all-conference honors.
  • Messina leads the Gamecocks with a .330 batting average to go along with 19 doubles, 20 home runs and 69 RBI.
  • Messina was named SEC Player of the Week after going 9-for-14 with seven runs scored and two home runs in a series win over Missouri.
  • Messina is Carolina’s first two-time All-SEC awardwinner since Matt Price and Christian Walker were named to the All-SEC teams in 2011 and 2012. Price was a three time selection, earning honors in 2010.

PETRY: 30 FOR (44)

  • Sophomore Ethan Petry hit a home run in the 10-5 win over Alabama on May 21, his 44th career home run as a Gamecock.
  • Petry is now a tie for fifth place on Carolina’s all-time home runs list and is the 29th Gamecock to hit 30 or more home runs in a career.
  • Petry needs one more home run to tie Jeff Parnell (1990-93) for fourth place on Carolina’s all-time list.


  • Cole Messina belted his 30th career home run in the 10-2 win over Missouri on May 3.
  • Messina now has 37 career home runs after his homer on May 23 vs. LSU. He’s the 30th Gamecock to hit 30 or more home runs in his career.
  • He is currently in 14th place on Carolina’s all-time list and is one back of Eric Stanton for a tie for 13th place.


  • Head Coach Mark Kingston earned his 200th win at South Carolina in the Presbyterian game on March 26. Kingston now has 216 wins at Carolina and 489 wins overall.
  • Ethan Petry recorded his 100th career RBI in the Presbyterian win. Petry now has 127 RBI in only 122 career games. Cole Messina joined Petry in the 100-RBI club on April 20 against Arkansas. Messina has 135 RBI in his Gamecock career.
  • Cole Messina recorded his 100th career hit at Carolina March 26 vs. Presbyterian. Messina now has 146 hits, joining Talmadge LeCroy (123) and Ethan Petry (147) in the 100-hit club at Carolina.
  • Ty Good recorded his 300th career strikeout March 30 at Alabama. Good has 344 strikeouts between the College of Charleston and Carolina.
  • Kennedy Jones and Parker Noland both are in the 200-hit club in college. Jones has 232 hits between UNC Greensboro and Carolina while Noland has 242 hits between Vanderbilt and Carolina.

South Carolina Eli Jones (Jr. RHP) 3-4, 5.32 ERA, 64.1 IP, 19 BB, 52 SO
James Madison Todd Mozoki (Jr. RHP) 5-1, 6.80 ERA, 47.2 IP, 22 BB, 42 SO