It's finally time for Gamecock baseball to begin the 2015 season and everything is still possible for this team. Over the next few months we'll find out if the team will live up to their potential, but for now we get to believe that they will and eagerly anticipate the return of one of USC's most successful programs. You can find GABA's full preview of the 2015 season right here, including what to expect from the team as far as pitching, defense and offense.
The first team the Gamecocks will face should provide a nice early test. The College of Charleston Cougars had a great season last year, winning the CAA championship and making it to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by Texas Tech. The Cougars set program records last season for team ERA (2.73) and fielding percentage (.973). With a large portion of their pitching staff returning, the Cougars will look to continue to build on last year's strengths.
Though the Cougars will come to Carolina Stadium hoping to start their season off with an upset win, they have not historically had much success against the Gamecocks. South Carolina leads the overall series with the College of Charleston 48-6 and has won nine of the last ten games against the Cougars.
The Friday pitcher for the Gamecocks will by Jack Wynkoop, a junior lefty who had a 2.86 ERA as the Saturday starter in 2014. Wil Crowe, a sophomore right-hander, will get the start on Saturday. As last year's Sunday starter Crowe had a 2.75 ERA. The Sunday pitcher will be sophomore left-hander Josh Reagan. Reagan had an outstanding 0.36 ERA last season, but he does not have much experience as a starter. He had 14 appearances in 2014 and only started one of those games, but will look for an expanded role this year as he competes for the third spot in the weekend rotation.
College of Charleston's Friday starter will be Taylor Clark, a junior right-hander that posted a 2.51 ERA last season. Saturday's starter will be Nathan Helvey, another junior righty. His ERA last season was 3.78. Junior lefty Eric Bauer will the Sunday start for the Cougars and had an ERA of 2.09 last season.
Friday, 4 pm
Saturday, 1 pm
Sunday, 2 pm Due to anticipated cold weather, there will be a doubleheader on Saturday. The second game will begin 45 minutes after the completion of the first.
All three games will be available to watch on SEC Network+ and will be on the radio at 107.5 The Game.