The South Carolina and Clemson baseball teams have to wait one more day to settle their annual rivalry series. Sunday's game at Carolina Stadium was postponed by rainy weather to Monday at 4 p.m.
The No. 12 Gamecocks (7-2) will play the Tigers (6-3) in the deciding game of the series after the teams split the first two games. Clemson won 11-4 Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, and USC rebounded with a 4-1 victory Saturday at Greenville's Fluor Field.
USC coach Chad Holbrook called the decision to move the game to Monday a joint one.
"We get to play in warm weather versus wet and cold," Holbrook said. "We had two coaches from South Carolina and Clemson that agreed this was the best thing for our players and the rivalry. It was an easy call."
Sunday's high temperature are forecast to be in the low 40s with rain throughout the day, while Monday's temperature is expected to reach the high 60s with just a slight chance of precipitation.
The Clemson team traveled to Columbia after Saturday's game and is now staying Sunday night. The coaches settled on a 4 p.m. start for Monday's game to capture the most comfortable part of the day.
"Usually we play at 4 (o'clock) up until March," Holbrook said. "We're after March 1st now, but both coaches wanted to play in sunlight on a day with nice baseball weather."
Holbrook will send sophomore left-hander Josh Reagan (0-0, 4.66 ERA) to the mound to start against Clemson junior right-hander Brody Koerner (1-1, 2.25 ERA).
"You go with the same plan (Monday) that we had (Sunday) to start him," Holbrook said. "We'll have everybody available for the most part other than (Wil) Crowe and (Jack) Wynkoop. We'll ask Josh to get us some outs and hopefully get us off to a good start. We'll throw a number of guys, I would guess."
The postponement sets up a busy week for the Gamecocks with six home games. After the Clemson makeup game, the rest of the schedule will be Charleston Southern on Tuesday at 7 p.m., High Point on Wednesday at 4 p.m., and Miami (Ohio) on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets for Sunday's rainout will be honored for Monday's game. The athletics department recommends that fans use the baseball shuttle from Capital City Stadium instead of the Colonial Life Arena shuttle for more spacious parking and less congestion.
The game will be broadcast online on TV on the SEC Network Alternative Channel (check your local listings), as well as online through SEC Network Plus and on the school's radio network, including flagship station, 107.5 FM.