COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolinas game Sunday against Vanderbilt was canceled due to wet weather conditions at Carolina Stadium.
That meant the No. 2 Commodores left town with their first series sweep of USC albeit a rain-shortened one in the history between the two programs. They defeated the No. 15 Gamecocks, who lead the overall series 49-25, by scores of 3-2 and 5-2 in the first two games to clinch the series victory.
USC coach Chad Holbrook was disappointed his team didnt get the opportunity to salvage the final game of the series.
When you have to make a decision to cancel a conference game, its not just my decision or Coach (Ray) Tanners decision or our administrations decision, he said. Its the SECs decision. (Vanderbilt) Coach (Tim) Corbin plays a part. The umpires play a part because the 30 (conference) games are awfully important. I dont feel good at all saying we had a game canceled. Its no fun to lose an SEC game.
The Gamecocks (33-14, 13-10 SEC) and the Commodores (41-6, 21-2 SEC) will now play 29 conference games if they are able to complete the last two series of the regular season.
There were some discussions about playing a doubleheader Saturday because of the rainy forecast, but USC decided against it.
Holbrook cited six or seven players, including pitcher Jordan Montgomery, catcher Grayson Greiner and shortstop Joey Pankake, having Saturday final exams at 8 a.m. after playing Friday nights game and before the noon start Saturday.
Theyre working on two or three hours sleep. For me, as their coach, and our administration agreed with me completely, to ask them to play 18 innings after three hours of sleep because were in finals wasnt fair to our players, Holbrook said. We were hoping that we would be able to get in the game today, but it just didnt work out. The field conditions got a little bit hazardous, and after talking with Coach Corbin, it wasnt in their best interests either.
SEC rules prevent a series from being extended to Monday.
Holbrook still hopes to find a non-conference opponent so his team can fill out its 56-game regular-season schedule. The Gamecocks play Wofford at home Wednesday night, but Holbrook would add a Tuesday game against an in-state opponent if he can find one that also has had a canceled game.
Maybe somebody will come play Tuesday, he said. Id be up for it.
Tickets to Sundays canceled game will be honored at any remaining home game.