OOT OOT SC (South Carolina =SCoot! SCoot!

OLUMBIA — South Carolina lost a great fan and friend on Feb. 10 with the death of Bill “Oot Oot” Golding.

Known for his Gamecock helmet with stickers, his Garnet & Black suspenders and his familiar chant of “Oot Oot,” Golding loved South Carolina baseball and was a presence both at home and on the road traveling to see the Gamecocks play.

USC announced Golding will be honored before opening day on Friday with a moment of silence. Plus there will be a “call to action” for all fans to join in with a collective “Oot Oot” before first pitch.

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A flag with “Oot Oot” will be flying on one of the flag poles in the outfield and a limited number of hardhat helmets will also be given away to fans on a first-come, first-serve basis for those attending Friday’s game.

South Carolina opens the 125th season of Gamecock baseball at 4 p.m. Friday at Founders Park vs. UNCG. The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30. All three games will be streamed live on SEC Network Plus and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network.

Parking shuttle changes have been made for the 2017 baseball season. The baseball shuttle to Founders Park will now be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will being running two hours prior to game time.

Friday’s starting pitchers are: South Carolina – Clarke Schmidt (Jr. RHP); UNCG – Jack Maynard (Jr. RHP)

The Saturday matchup is: South Carolina – Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP); UNCG – Bryce Hensley (Jr. LHP)

Sunday: South Carolina – Adam Hill (So. RHP); UNCG – Matt Frisbee (So. RHP)

South Carolina is a unanimous preseason top 5 team in all six major collegiate rankings. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball and in the USA Today poll and No. 5 in the nation by Baseball America, the NCBWA and Perfect Game.

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South Carolina has been predicted to finish second in the SEC Eastern Division as voted by the league’s 14 head coaches in the annual preseason poll announced on Thursday.

Five Gamecocks have received Preseason All-America honors: junior right-hander Tyler Johnson, Schmidt, Crowe, junior Alex Destino and senior left-hander Josh Reagan. Johnson was a first-team Preseason All-SEC selection with Destino garnering second-team honors.

Under head coach Chad Holbrook, South Carolina has made three NCAA Regional appearances in the last four years with two NCAA Super Regional appearances in 2013 and 2016.

South Carolina won the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2010 and 2011 at the College World Series. South Carolina has made 11 College World Series appearances, including six times in the last 15 years.

UNCG enters the 2017 season as the preseason favorite in the Southern Conference. UNCG was 38-21 last year with a 15-9 record in the SoCon The Spartans return most of their offense from last year’s club that led the NCAA in hitting with a team average of .345.

SCoot is the nickname Aliearia was given by her Grandmother when she was a small child (she would scoot down her Grandmother’s stairs on her butt) 

How ironic is this…Her grandmother’s name was Billie Hill…

COLUMBIA — South Carolina lost a great fan and friend on Feb. 10 with the death of Bill “Oot Oot” Golding.

Known for his Gamecock helmet with stickers, his Garnet & Black suspenders and his familiar chant of “Oot Oot,” Golding loved South Carolina baseball and was a presence both at home and on the road traveling to see the Gamecocks play.

USC announced Golding will be honored before opening day on Friday with a moment of silence. Plus there will be a “call to action” for all fans to join in with a collective “Oot Oot” before first pitch.

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A flag with “Oot Oot” will be flying on one of the flag poles in the outfield and a limited number of hardhat helmets will also be given away to fans on a first-come, first-serve basis for those attending Friday’s game.

South Carolina opens the 125th season of Gamecock baseball at 4 p.m. Friday at Founders Park vs. UNCG. The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30. All three games will be streamed live on SEC Network Plus and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network.

Parking shuttle changes have been made for the 2017 baseball season. The baseball shuttle to Founders Park will now be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will being running two hours prior to game time.

Friday’s starting pitchers are: South Carolina – Clarke Schmidt (Jr. RHP); UNCG – Jack Maynard (Jr. RHP)

The Saturday matchup is: South Carolina – Wil Crowe (Jr. RHP); UNCG – Bryce Hensley (Jr. LHP)

Sunday: South Carolina – Adam Hill (So. RHP); UNCG – Matt Frisbee (So. RHP)

South Carolina is a unanimous preseason top 5 team in all six major collegiate rankings. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball and in the USA Today poll and No. 5 in the nation by Baseball America, the NCBWA and Perfect Game.

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South Carolina has been predicted to finish second in the SEC Eastern Division as voted by the league’s 14 head coaches in the annual preseason poll announced on Thursday.

Five Gamecocks have received Preseason All-America honors: junior right-hander Tyler Johnson, Schmidt, Crowe, junior Alex Destino and senior left-hander Josh Reagan. Johnson was a first-team Preseason All-SEC selection with Destino garnering second-team honors.

Under head coach Chad Holbrook, South Carolina has made three NCAA Regional appearances in the last four years with two NCAA Super Regional appearances in 2013 and 2016.

South Carolina won the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2010 and 2011 at the College World Series. South Carolina has made 11 College World Series appearances, including six times in the last 15 years.

UNCG enters the 2017 season as the preseason favorite in the Southern Conference. UNCG was 38-21 last year with a 15-9 record in the SoCon The Spartans return most of their offense from last year’s club that led the NCAA in hitting with a team average of .345.

Goosie was given to her as a nickname by her other grannie,  on her mothers side.

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