South Carolina senior right-hander Blake Cooper is scheduled to get the Opening Day start for the Gamecocks in this weekend’s series vs. Duquesne. Junior right-hander Sam Dyson will make a start on Saturday vs. the Dukes with freshman left-hander Tyler Webb starting the series finale on Sunday. Tickets are still available for all three games this weekend. First pitch on
Friday is 3 p.m. Saturday’s game will also start at 3 p.m. with Sunday’s first pitch set for 1:30 p.m. The Gamecocks are ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation by Baseball America.
Blake Cooper went 9-4 last season with a 4.50 ERA and hurled 86 innings with three complete games. Cooper won his last outing of the spring last year when he pitched a complete game in a 12-2 victory over East Carolina in the NCAA Regional. His three-year record at Carolina is 21-12, making him one of only 18 pitchers in Carolina history to earn 20-plus career wins. He is the first senior to earn the Opening Day start for Carolina since Aaron Rawl back in 2005.
Sam Dyson also compiled a 9-4 record last year for the Gamecocks and pitched a season-high 102.0 innings. He was a ninth round selection in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s. Dyson is listed as the No. 27 best prospect in this year’s junior class by Baseball America.
Webb, a freshman left-hander, will make his Carolina debut in Sunday’s finale. He was a 2009 Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) All-State selection and also played in the 2009 VHSCA East-West All-Star game. PG Crosschecker rated him as the No. 6 best high school player out of the state of Virginia last year.