By: Rixon Lane
Gamecock pitcher Ethan Carter has been suspended after the junior reliever was arrested on March 9th for drunkenness.
Carter was cited at around 3:30 am on Harden Street. The junior dressed for four games following the arrest and made the trip to Lexington for this past weekend’s series against Kentucky.
Head coach Ray Tanner, who had declared Carter inactive against the Wildcats on Friday, said he was not aware of the arrest until late Friday afternoon. At that point, Carter was suspended.
Carter was dismissed from the Gamecock baseball team in January of 2011 for a violation of team rules. The right-hander from Newport News, VA, spent the 2011 season at Louisburg Junior College, where he compiled a 3-0 record with a 5.46 ERA in 24 appearances. He was reinstated to the Carolina program in August.
The Gamecocks are looking to bounce back after a weekend sweep at the hands of Kentucky. USC has suffered just ten 3-game sweeps in Ray Tanner’s sixteen seasons in Columbia. This weekend marked the first time that the Gamecocks were swept in three straight since late April of 2009 against Florida.
AUDIO: Ray Tanner on Ethan Carter’s suspension [0:33]