COLUMBIA, S.C. (Univ. of SC, SID) - South Carolina (42-16) opens postseason play on Friday night as the top seed in the Columbia Regional. The Gamecocks will face No. 4 seed Campbell (40-19). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. It will be streamed live on ESPN3 and available on the Gamecock IMG Network.
SOUTH CAROLINA & THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: This is South Carolina's 30th overall appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The Gamecocks are one of 10 teams from the SEC to make the 2014 NCAA Tournament. South Carolina's 15 consecutive trips to the NCAA Baseball Tournament is the longest current streak of the 14 SEC schools. Carolina is one of only five schools in the nation that has reached the NCAA Regional in the last 15 consecutive years.
Grayson Greiner, NCAA Regional Press Conference
HOSTING: This marks the 16th time in school history that the Gamecocks will host an NCAA Regional in baseball and the fifth consecutive year that South Carolina has hosted a regional at Carolina Stadium.
Carolina Stadium, Columbia, SC
South Carolina is 58-8 (.879) in all-time history in NCAA Regional or NCAA Super Regional games at home in Columbia. South Carolina has won 27 straight NCAA Tournament games at home dating back to game three of the 2002 NCAA Super Regional vs. Miami (Fla.).
POSTSEASON AT CAROLINA STADIUM: South Carolina is 16-0 in postseason history at Carolina Stadium. For the 15th consecutive season, South Carolina has won 40 or more games. South Carolina was the first SEC team to reach the 40-win mark this year. It is the longest current streak among the 14 SEC schools. South Carolina's 42 victories is the second-highest victory total by a SEC team heading into the tournament as well.
Greg Goff, Head Coach Campbell
SERIES HISTORY VS. CAMPBELL: South Carolina is 10-2 all-time vs. Campbell including a 10-2 win in the last meeting between the two schools on Feb. 22, 2000. Marcus McBeth homered, tripled and drove in four runs and Brandon Pack added a three-run homer as the Gamecocks defeated the Fighting Camels at Sarge Frye Field. Scott Barber earned the win allowing two runs on eight his in 5.1 innings of work. Barber, Lee Gronkiewicz and Jamie Poston combined to strikeout 15 batters as well.
Ryan Thompson, RHP Campbell
SERIES HISTORY VS. Maryland: South Carolina meets Maryland for the first time since a 3-1 victory on March 16, 1980. Maryland leads the series 25-16 dating back to 1920.
SERIES HISTORY VS. OLD DOMINION: South Carolina is 19-4 vs. Old Dominion including a 13-3 win on March 10, 2009, the last time the two schools played. Current Gamecock associate head coach Jerry Meyers was the head coach of the Monarchs at the time. The Gamecocks scored nine runs in the first innings with home runs from Nick Ebert, Justin Dalles and Andrew Crisp on the way to the win.
Chad Holbrook, NCAA Regional Press Conference
Photos by Katie Dugan