Greetings from lovely Greenville, North Carolina. We’ve set up shop here for the NCAA Regional and will have you covered all weekend long on everything that happens on the field.
Let’s jump right into it. USC practiced this afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. This is a great facility. The just redid the entire stadium in 2005. It holds about 3500 in the stands but another thousand or more can stand outside the outfield wall. They expect it to be at capacity when East Carolina takes the field tomorrow night.
The good news for the Gamecocks is this is a hitters park. It is 320 down both lines and 400 to dead center. The ball was really carrying out to right field during Carolina’s practice. I expect to see plenty of home runs this weekend. That should suit Ray Tanner just fine. Everyone knows how he digs the long ball. In fact, today he shared a story about the lone career grand slam he hit right here at East Carolina back in 1977. He said he had struck out four straight times before he hit the homer. Good stuff. Click below to hear the rest of what Tanner had to say.
AUDIO: Ray Tanner pre George Mason (5:40)
Here are a couple of other notes leading into tomorrow’s game. Catcher Justin Dalles missed practice today because of an illness. Tanner says he is will be a game time decision tomorrow. If he can’t go Kyle Enders will start in his place.
Also, DeAngelo Mack’s shin splint is doing better. He expects to start in left field tomorrow. He was relegated to DH because of mobility issues last week at the SEC tournament.
AUDIO: DeAngelo Mack pre George Mason (4:02)
USC and George Mason play at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon. East Carolina and Binghampton play at 7. The two losers will play Saturday at 2 and the winners will meet that night at 6.