South Carolina baseball fans hoping to get their first look at the new Gamecock team will have to wait, as USC has announced that it is canceling its opening fall scrimmages this Thursday and Friday at Founders Park due to the expected impact of Hurricane Florence.
With the approach of Florence, heavy rain and wind are expected to hit South Carolina beginning Thursday and continuing throughout the weekend. The Gamecocks will play more intrasquad scrimmages later this fall but the dates for those practices have not been announced.
USC will also play two other schools this fall in games that will not count toward its final record — North Carolina State at home on Sept. 29 and Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Oct. 6.
Other South Carolina sports impacted by Florence include men’s soccer, whose Sunday’s matchup with Marshall has been postponed, and football, whose game with Marshall on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium has been canceled.
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On Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster announced school and government office closings that will also impact many high school sports events in Lexington and Richland counties.