South Carolina Baseball Announces 2014 Schedule


      COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina baseball team announced a 2014 schedule that features 37 home games at Carolina Stadium as well as 19 games against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams.{} The Gamecocks open the season on Friday, Feb. 14, hosting a three-game series vs. Bucknell.South Carolina and Clemson will meet in a unique three-game setting for a fifth consecutive year.{} The series opens in Columbia on Friday, Feb. 28, with first pitch at 7 p.m.{} Saturday shifts to the Reedy River Rivalry game at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive, a minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.{} The series finale concludes on Sunday at Clemson.South Carolina's 30-game SEC slate begins Friday, Mar. 14, with Carolina hosting Ole Miss in the Rebels' first visit to Columbia since the 2010 regular season.{} South Carolina also hosts Tennessee (Mar. 28-Mar. 30), Florida (April 11-13), Alabama (April 25-27) and Missouri (May 9-11).{} SEC three-game series opponents on the road are Kentucky (Mar. 21-23), Arkansas (April 4-6), Auburn (April 18-20), Georgia (May 2-4) and Vanderbilt (May 15-17).Additional in-state contests for the Gamecocks include Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Furman, Presbyterian, The Citadel, USC Upstate and Wofford.{} The Gamecocks have played every program on the 2014 schedule at least once.{} South Carolina will meet Bucknell for the first time since the 2010 NCAA Regional opener that was a 9-5 South Carolina victory, the first postseason win for the Gamecocks on the way to the 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.{} South Carolina will follow that series up with a three-game set against Eastern Kentucky.{} The Gamecocks defeated the Colonels 11-3 on Mar. 21, 1982, at Sarge Frye Field in the only previous contest.{} Stetson will come to South Carolina in early March for a pair of midweek games, the first appearance for the Hatters in Columbia since the 2011 NCAA Regional.{} South Carolina defeated Stetson twice to advance to the NCAA Super Regional en route to a second straight national title.{} Brown is South Carolina's final three-game series tune-up before SEC play.{} South Carolina swept Brown in three games in 2010 at Carolina Stadium.{} Appalachian State and Davidson round out the non-conference opponents for 2014.The Gamecocks return seven position starters from a year ago.{} Returnees include junior infielder/outfielder Joey Pankake (.311-11-42), junior catcher Grayson Greiner (.298-4-38), junior outfielder Connor Bright (.288-4-22), junior outfielder Tanner English (.283-1-25), sophomore infielder Max Schrock (.282-6-39), junior first baseman Kyle Martin (.288-2-10) and senior designated hitter Brison Celek (.307-1-18).{} Also back from last year's weekend rotation is junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 1.48 ERA) and freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop (7-3, 3.09 ERA).{} Greiner played this past summer for Team USA and was a 2013 second-team All-SEC selection.{} Schrock and Wynkoop both earned Freshman All-America honors.

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