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Gamecocks Regional opens Friday afternoon in Columbia

Eyster is now tied for second with Brady Allen on the team with 11 home runs. He also is second...
Eyster is now tied for second with Brady Allen on the team with 11 home runs. He also is second on the squad with 42 RBI.(Jeff Blake Photo)
Published: Jun. 1, 2021 at 1:25 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of South Carolina baseball team will open NCAA Columbia Regional play on Friday afternoon (May 4) against Virginia at 12 p.m. on ESPN2, it was announced this afternoon (May 30) on the NCAA Baseball Selection Show.

The Gamecocks and Cavaliers are joined in Columbia by No. 11 national seed Old Dominion and Jacksonville. The Monarchs and Dolphins will play at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

The Columbia Regional is matched up with the Fort Worth Regional when the tournament gets to the Super Regional round.

Carolina is one of nine SEC teams that are in the field and one of seven that is hosting this weekend.

Virginia is coming off an ACC Tournament semifinal finish and are led on the mound by Andrew Abbott, who has an 8-5 record with a 2.63 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 89 innings pitched. Old Dominion earned the top seed in the regional after its win in the Conference USA Tournament, defeating Louisiana Tech on their home field. Kyle Battle leads ODU with 18 home runs on the year. Jacksonville won the Atlantic Sun Tournament, defeating Liberty in the final. Ruben Someillan leads the Dolphins with a .303 batting average.

NCAA Regional booklets are now available to the general public. A booklet includes tickets for all games of the regional, held June 4-7. Booklets are available for $84 each and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans purchasing the booklet will secure their actual seat locations at the time of purchase.

2021 Columbia Regional

Friday, June 4

12 p.m. - South Carolina vs. Virigina, Noon (ESPN2)

7 p.m. - No. 11 Old Dominion vs. Jacksonville, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)