COLUMBIA — Weather concerns led South Carolina and North Carolina to postpone their scheduled baseball game in Charlotte until Wednesday.
The teams were originally slated to meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at BB&T Park in downtown Charlotte. But with an 80 percent chance of precipitation and a strong chance of thunderstorms forecast for that night, the schools elected to push back the meeting to the same time on Wednesday.
All tickets issued will be good for Wednesday, according to USC.
The Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A Chicago White Sox affiliate which calls the stadium home, are on the road and not scheduled to play at home again until Thursday night.
As of late Monday, only standing-room tickets remained for the first regular season meeting between the Gamecocks (28-5) and Tar Heels (23-9) since 2004. The teams have met eight times in NCAA Tournament play since, most recently in a Super Regional in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2013.
South Carolina is coming off a three-game sweep of Tennessee, its third sweep in four SEC weekends so far this season, and rose three spots to No. 5 in the newest Baseball America Top 25 poll released Monday. North Carolina took two of three games from Virginia Tech and dropped three spots to No. 14.
The last regular season meeting between the two programs was a 9-4 Gamecocks victory in Fort Mill, the former home of the Knights, in 2004. Prior to that, the squads hadn’t met for a regular season game since a two-game series in Chapel Hill in 1988. Wednesday’s game is the first of a two-year series in Charlotte.
The first pitch for Charleston Southern’s baseball game on Tuesday with Savannah State was moved up to 3 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.
CSU (13-19) and Savannah State meet twice this week. The teams will play again on Wednesday in Savannah at 5 p.m.
The Buccaneers also host UNC Asheville this weekend at CSU Ballpark. The first pitch of Friday’s opener is set for 6 p.m.