USC baseball sets mark for season tickets sold

nwhite@thestate.comJanuary 18, 2012 

South Carolina Gamecocks closer Matt Price (22) delivers a pitch in the ninth during the Gamecocks game against Virginia at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina’s national championship baseball program keeps turning wins into fans.

The Gamecocks have sold a record 5,492 season tickets as of Wednesday for the upcoming season at Carolina Stadium, which begins Feb. 17 with a three-game home series against VMI. The total comes on the heels of USC’s second straight NCAA title, a two-year period in which the team has posted a 109-30 record.

The figure also exceeds last season’s total of 4,990 season tickets sold, which came after the first championship won by the baseball team.

USC drew 10 sellout crowds of 8,242 at Carolina Stadium last season on the way to a total home attendance of 297,279 over 40 home dates, an average of 7,431. The total attendance ranked second in the nation behind LSU, while the average attendance ranked fourth behind LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas, all fellow SEC schools.

Last season’s total attendance also broke the school record of 241,582 set in the first national championship season of 2010, when the Gamecocks sold 4,571 season tickets, when they finished fourth nationally in attendance.

Carolina Stadium opened in 2009.

A limited number of season tickets for the 2012 baseball season remain available to the general public. Season tickets for the outfield bleachers cost $240 per ticket with no seat donation required.

Fans may purchase season tickets by calling the USC ticket office at 777-4274 or by going to the Colonial Life Arena box office.

The Gamecocks, who open practice on Jan. 27, return three preseason All-Americans: pitchers Michael Roth and Matt Price as well as first baseman Christian Walker.

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