USC is the top seed for the Columbia Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament and will square off against Saint Louis of the Atlantic 10 Conference Friday night at 7:00 PM. The Gamecocks are 39-18 and the Billikens are 41-19. USC comes in on a three game losing streak while Saint Louis has won five in a row and seven of eight.
The Gamecocks will start lefthander Nolan Belcher. He’s 7-5 with a 2.30 ERA. Righthander Clay Smith will start for the Billikens. He’s 8-2 with a 3.36 ERA.
Gamecock second baseman Max Schrock, who suffered a concussion in the loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament last week, practiced Thursday and will start Friday night.