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#8 South Carolina Gamecocks vs #4 North Carolina Tar Heels: Preview and How to Watch

It’s a midweek border rivalry game!


After losing their series against Vanderbilt last weekend the Gamecocks are 21-10 (7-5 SEC). The Gamecocks have their biggest midweek game of the year tonight as they face UNC in Charlotte. This is the second year in a row that the two teams have played in Charlotte, with UNC winning last year’s matchup in a 15-0 blowout.

The Heels are 26-6 (12-3 ACC) and are coming off of a weekend series sweep in which they outscored Boston College 48-14. UNC opened the season with a sweep of the Kentucky team currently leading the SEC East and their only series loss was in early March against Long Beach State. The Heels have won all five of their ACC series so far this season, with home series wins over Virginia and Miami and road series wins at Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Boston College.

USC vs UNC Stats

Stat South Carolina North Carolina
Stat South Carolina North Carolina
Batting Average 0.274 0.277
On-Base % 0.357 0.375
Slugging % 0.411 0.435
ERA 2.74 2.60
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio 3.08 2.43
Fielding % 0.979 0.976

The Gamecocks have some good news ahead of tonight’s game, as closer Tyler Johnson is finally cleared to return after being unavailable for several weeks. He is expected to get some work in tonight against UNC.

The starter for South Carolina tonight will be Cody Morris (1.62 ERA, 21 SO, 4 BB). The freshman RHP has been a strong midweek starter for the Gamecocks, with opponents hitting just .172 against him. The North Carolina starter will also be freshman RHP, as Tyler Baum (2.22 ERA, 21 SO, 10 BB) takes the mound.

First pitch is at 7 p.m. in BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, NC.

Watch: The game will be available online via SEC Network Plus.

Listen: The game will be on the radio on 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network.