COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina baseball team feels like it gained some momentum with a key series-finale win against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Now, the Gamecocks are chasing a little bit of revenge to keep the momentum going. South Carolina plays against No. 4 North Carolina at BB&T Park in Charlotte on Tuesday, meeting at the site of a 15-0 loss to the Tar Heels a season ago that marked the worst loss for USC since 2007.
“Every game is big, but we definitely want to get some revenge on those guys,” second baseman LT Tolbert said. “It is a little more motivation.”
The Gamecocks (21-10, 7-5) slipped to No. 17 in the latest polls this week after a second 1-2 weekend. The midweek clash with North Carolina affords the Gamecocks an opportunity to add to the positive vibes they felt after beating Vanderbilt 6-1 on Saturday, while also having some extra juice to it.
Gamecocks coach Chad Holbrook played at North Carolina and was on the coaching staff for many years. Outfielder Alex Destino is a North Carolina native, who knows many players on the current UNC team and said his recruitment came down to either USC or UNC.
“They beat us up pretty good last year,” Destino said. “I know coach Holbrook has a lot of ties to North Carolina. I’m from North Carolina. It’s a big game for us. It’s very exciting.”
Cody Morris (2-0, 1.62 ERA) will start for South Carolina with a bullpen featuring Graham Lawson, Colby Lee and John Parke likely behind him as the Gamecocks look to wash away a blowout loss from a season ago.
“We are going to go out there and play like we always do,” Tolbert said. “We want to win every game. We aren’t going to try and do too much differently.”