Feb. 16, 2012
Dates: Friday, Feb. 17, Saturday, Feb. 18, Sunday, Feb. 19
Times: 3 p.m., 3 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Stadium/Field: Carolina Stadium (8,242)
Live Video: GamecocksOnline.com
Radio: WNKT 107.5 FM (Andy Demetra, Tommy Moody and Derek Scott)
Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com
Georgia Series: South Carolina leads 6-5
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OPENING DAY FESTIVITIES
Opening Day at Carolina Stadium between South Carolina and VMI is sold out, the Gamecock Athletics Ticket Office announced Monday evening. First pitch for the 2012 opener on Friday, Feb. 17, is set for 3 p.m. with live video broadcast available at GamecocksOnline.com and live radio broadcast on the Gamecock Radio Network, including flagship station 107.5 FM "The Game," in Columbia. Fans may still purchase standing room only tickets for Saturday and Sunday games in the series. First pitch for Saturday's contest is also 3 p.m. with Sunday's series finale slated for 1:30 p.m. To obtain single-game tickets, fans can go online to the official website of Gamecock Athletics, GamecocksOnline.com or call the ticket office at (803) 777-4274 or 800-4SC-FANS.
For Opening Day on Feb. 17 and for next Friday's game vs. Elon, parking in the business lots will be curtailed based on the specific lots. Patrons with passes to park in lots 6, 7, 9 and 10 will be relocated to Lot 1 on Williams and Wheat St. Please be aware on game days entrance via car to Williams, Catawba and Wheat Streets will be closed to the public and is accessible only by a valid parking pass. We encourage visitors to use public game day parking lots illustrated on the parking map. The cost is $10/$5 per vehicle. Visitors can also park for free at Colonial Life Arena Lot B, which is bordered by Blossom, Gadsden, Devine and Lincoln Streets with round-trip shuttle service available for $2 per person, which will drop off at the main entrance of Carolina Stadium. RV Parking will also be available in the Colonial Life Arena Lot B. Questions concerning RV baseball parking can be directed to Richard Evans at (803) 777-1439. Visitors who need handicap parking should park at the Colonial Life Arena Lot B. Handicap accessible round-trip shuttle service will be available for $2 per person and it will drop off r at the main entrance of Carolina Stadium.
ROTH TO GET THE NOD IN THE OPENER
A consensus All-American and CollegeBaseballInsider.com's National Player of the Year in 2011, Roth went 14-3 last year while posting a 1.06 ERA in 145.0 innings of work. In his first full year as a starting pitcher, Roth struck out 112 batters and walked 41 to help lead the Gamecocks to their second-consecutive NCAA Division I national championship. Roth also tallied a 1.17 ERA in Southeastern Conference play, the lowest of any starter in the league. His 14 wins tied for fifth most by a Gamecock in a single season. A first-team All-SEC selection, Roth was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team and was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Opening Day Starters Under Head Coach Ray Tanner 2012 Michael Roth (Sr. LHP) 2011 Michael Roth (Jr. LHP) 2010 Blake Cooper (Sr. RHP) 2009 Sam Dyson (So. RHP) 2008 Mike Cisco (Jr. RHP) 2007 Harris Honeycutt (Jr. RHP) 2006 Andrew Cruse (Jr. RHP) 2005 Aaron Rawl (Sr. RHP) 2004 Aaron Rawl (Jr. RHP) 2003 Steven Bondurant (Sr. LHP) 2002 David Marchbanks (So. LHP) 2001 Kip Bouknight (Sr. RHP) 2000 Kip Bouknight (Jr. RHP) 1999 Kip Bouknight (So. RHP) 1998 Brett Jodie (Jr. RHP) 1997 Eddie Hoff (Jr. RHP)
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS HONORED AT THE STATE HOUSE
Governor Haley presented Coach Tanner with the Gamecock Flag that flew above the State House after South Carolina clinched the national championship at the 2011 College World Series. Following Governor Haley's presentation, the team was recognized by the State House of Representatives and House Speaker Bobby Harrell.
Players that attended the event included Jackie Bradley Jr., Blake Cooper, Adam Matthews, Whit Merrifield, Steven Neff, John Taylor, Brady Thomas and Scott Wingo. Associate Head Baseball Coach Chad Holbrook, Assistant Head Coach Jerry Meyers, Assistant Coach Sammy Esposito and Director of Operations Kyle Lipsey also were in attendance.
PRICE, ROTH & WALKER EARN PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA ACCOLADES
HOLBROOK NAMED 2011 ABCA/BASEBALL AMERICA ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
GAMECOCKS SELECTED TO FINISH SECOND IN SEC PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
Florida is the choice to win the 2012 SEC championship with Arkansas the choice to win the West. In addition to picking a preseason champion, the head coaches voted a predicted order of finish in the SEC Eastern and Western Divisions. Points were compiled on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
2012 SEC COACHES PRESEASON POLL RESULTS
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