USC begins postseason play this afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, NC. The Gamecocks are a two seed in this NCAA Regional and play 3rd seed George Mason at 3:00.
The Gamecocks will pitch sophomore right hander Sam Dyson (8-4, 5.31 ERA) this afternoon. He will face George Mason ace and Louisville Slugger All-American Mike Modica (11-1, 4.17).
AUDIO: Sam Dyson on his start
Carolina comes into the game with a 38-21 record. If they can muster two wins this weekend it will mark the tenth straight year that they’ve won 40 or more games. George Mason is 42-12. They won the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title this season.
The winner of today’s game will face the winner of East Carolina and Binghampton at 6:00 tomorrow. The two losers today will play an elimination game at 2:00 Saturday.
On Sunday, the winner of the elimination game will play the loser of the winners bracket game (the loser of the 6:00 game Saturday) at 2:00. That will be an elimination game. The winner of that game will have to beat the team that is 2-0 twice. The first game will be Sunday at 6:00. If necessary the second game will be Monday at six.
If you didn’t follow you can take a look at the bracket. It is a pretty simple double elimination format. A few years ago these all wrapped up on Sunday but in an effort to keep teams from having to play two games on two straight games they’ve extended them to Monday.
We will have complete postgame coverage on SportsTalk tonight. We will also have postgame audio for you here on the site.