The South Carolina baseball team held a media session on Thursday in advance of the first set of Spring practices beginning this week.
First-year Head Coach Mark Kingston comes into the season with a renewed enthusiasm, but will look to find solutions to many of the unanswered questions surrounding a group shut out of the postseason last year.
Kingston confirmed returning starting pitcher Adam Hill will assume the role as the Friday-night starter, both other spots in the rotation and bullpen have yet to be recognized.
Pitcher Cody Morris is the only pitcher who didn’t pitch in the Fall who won’t be immediately available, as Kingston said they will shut him down due to minor shoulder tendinitis.
As far as the everyday lineup goes, Kingston says he has between 11 and 13 hitters who can lay claim to a starting spot, and they will look at platooning some positions and going with the hot hand in certain games.
Kingston also talked about assuming the role of Head Coach at program with the expectations South Carolina has, and his relationship with former baseball coach and Athletic Director Ray Tanner:
Mark Kingston Full Press Conference
The Gamecocks open the season February 16th with a three-game series against VMI.
Notable Non-Conference dates include the three-game series against Clemson March 2nd through the 4th, with games in Columbia, Greenville and Clemson in that order.
South Carolina renewed it’s standalone game with North Carolina at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte on April 3rd, and will see former USC Head Coach Chad Holbrook and the College of Charleston Cougars for a single game at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia on May 9th.