Charlotte to host UNC vs. USC baseball in 2016, 2017

Published: Oct. 29, 2015 at 12:12 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte's BB&T Ballpark will play host to college baseball as the University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina continue their battle of the Carolinas in the Queen City.

The game will be held April 12, 2016 and is expected to be the first of two between the universities, with another matchup set to be played at BB&T Ballpark in 2017.

USC will be the home team for the inaugural game in 2016, while UNC will be the home team in the 2017 edition.

"We are thrilled to work with both of these outstanding universities for their first game at BB&T Ballpark on April 12th," stated Knights Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President Dan Rajkowski.

"Hosting this game will be a great way to showcase two great Carolina baseball programs to the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. We continue to look at ways in which we can tie in the collegiate baseball community and are eager to announce more college games to be played at BB&T Ballpark in the very near future."

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and compete in the Coastal Division. Over the last 10 seasons, the school has made six College World Series appearances.

Currently led by head baseball coach Mike Fox, the Tar Heels posted a 34-24 record in 2015.

"We are excited to be playing in Charlotte and at beautiful BB&T Ballpark," stated Fox. "Charlotte is home to a lot of UNC fans and alumni, and I am glad they will have this opportunity to see us play against a great opponent. We appreciate the Knights hosting this game and look forward to being there on April 12."

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks are members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and compete in the Eastern Division.

The Gamecocks won National Championships in 2010 and 2011 -- one of just six schools in NCAA history to win back-to-back titles.

Led by head baseball coach Chad Holbrook, the Gamecocks posted a 35-25 record in 2015.

"We are looking forward to the matchup in April against North Carolina," stated Holbrook. "BB&T Ballpark is a tremendous facility and it will be a great setting for college baseball. The atmosphere should be electric, and our players are excited for the opportunity to play in the great city of Charlotte. I know Gamecock Nation will be there, and we look forward to seeing a lot of Garnet and Black in BB&T Ballpark."

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at a later date.

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