COLUMBIA, S.C. — Wil Crowe knows a lot of Tennessee fans, but the South Carolina baseball pitcher is expecting they will be Gamecock fans on Saturday.
The junior pitcher is making his first start in Knoxville, heading to his home state to pitch for the Gamecocks (12-5).
“I’m pumped,” Crowe said. “It’s going to be fun. But I’m going to take it like every other week. Go out there and do my best and do my job to give us an opportunity to win. That’s the plan and that’s the way I’m looking at it.”
Crowe has gotten off to a hot start this season with a 3-0 record and a 2.25 ERA after returning from two years off following Tommy John surgery. He would have made his first start back in his home state two years ago, but suffered the injury two weeks prior during a road trip at Florida.
So with the trip finally at hand, Crowe knows he will have a big cheering section.
“My parents bought tickets,” Crowe said. “I think everyone is going to come is going to have some. We don’t get very many on the road. There’s going to be some friends and family there. It will be good to see some familiar faces, some old coaches and things.”
But despite the fact it has some more hoopla surrounding the start, Crowe is wanting to just keep it like another start.
“I’ve gotten a lot of people asking me when I’m pitching and things,” Crowe said. “There’s going to be a lot of friends and family there. People might tell me good luck on Saturday and stuff like that, but I’m going to try and take it like a normal day.”