COLUMBIA, S.C. — With a pair of weather-canceled games in the past week, South Carolina baseball finds itself sitting on a pair of games it needs to make up.
One outcome appears clear, as coach Chad Holbrook emphasized he wants to make the Gamecocks game at Furman at some point this season. The other is undetermined. Holbrook said the Gamecocks have talked to just about every school in the state, including reigning national champion Coastal Carolina.
“That’s one of the schools we have reached out to,” Holbrook said. “Finding a common date is the challenge. But yeah we have reached out to a number of schools in the state. There’s not many that we haven’t.”
The Gamecocks (11-5) had two games called off because of weather this week. Sunday’s series finale against Michigan State being canceled because of snow. Tuesday’s game against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., also was canceled because of cold.
“The Furman game is important for us to go back there because it’s a contract game and it’s important for us to play in the upstate,” Holbrook said. “I think it’s important for Furman to play Clemson and us at home. We are going to try like crazy to find a common date for that game to happen.”
Before the season, Holbrook noted that setting up a game with Coastal, which won the 2016 national title, didn’t work out. He also was open to finding a way to play if both teams had a rainout.
“That would be pretty cool to play the national champions,” outfielder Alex Destino said. “That would be good for the state I think. I know we would enjoy that.”
Holbrook said he hopes to have an announcement in the next 10 days on the two makeup games for the Gamecocks, who head into SEC play this weekend at Tennessee.
“It would draw a lot of fans,” first baseman Matt Williams said of playing Coastal Carolina. “I wouldn’t mind doing that. I think our players would be excited. That would be pretty fun. I hadn’t really thought about it. That would be a good thing to do.”