Cold leads USC to schedule Saturday twinbill against Northeastern

Chad Holbrook's South Carolina baseball team will play a doubeheader against Northeastern on Saturday, and a single game Sunday. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

COLUMBIA — The extreme cold which has wreaked havoc with this weekend’s college baseball schedule had led South Carolina to shift one of its home games.

USC announced that Friday’s opener of a three-game weekend set against Northeastern has been rescheduled as part of a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Carolina Stadium. Both games will be nine innings, with the second game beginning 45 minutes after the first.

It marks the second straight weekend 13th-ranked South Carolina (3-1) has moved a game due to anticipated cold weather. Last weekend’s Sunday contest against College of Charleston was played a day early, also as part of a Saturday doubleheader.

Friday’s temperatures in Columbia are forecast to be in the mid-30s, with a warm-up into the high 40s for Saturday.

Tickets for both Friday’s and Saturday’s games will be honored at the doubleheader, according to USC. Spectators with tickets for Friday’s games may stay for the second game in the standing-room area, while those with tickets for Saturday’s games may watch the opener from the standing area before proceeding to their seats for the nightcap.

Sunday’s series finale against the Huskies (2-1) of the Colonial Athletic Association is still scheduled for 1:30 p.m. USC will use the same pitching rotation as last weekend, with Jack Wynkoop throwing the opener, followed by Wil Crowe in Saturday’s nightcap and Josh Reagan in the series finale.

South Carolina becomes one of several college teams adjusting its schedule due to cold. Clemson moved its three-game slate with Maine to Augusta because groundskeepers said the field at Doug Kingsmore Stadium is frozen and unplayable. North Carolina moved a series with UCLA from Chapel Hill to Orlando, Duke canceled Friday games on its home field, and Virginia moved a series with Mercer to Charleston.