Feb. 8, 2018
South Carolina Travels To FIU
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina softball is set to start the 2018 season this weekend with a trip to the Felsberg Invitational at Florida International in Miami, Fla. The Gamecocks open the season Feb. 9 against East Carolina at 11:15 AM, and finish the day against Hofstra at 3:45 PM.
> Carolina comes into the 2018 season looking to build upon a 34-25 season in which the Gamecocks reached the regional final for the third time under the direction of head coach Beverly Smith.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE FIELD
The Gamecocks open the season in the Felsberg Invitational at FIU in Miami, Fla. Carolina will be joined by FIU, St. Johns and Hofstra. The Gamecocks have never played farther south in the United States than they will in this tournament. No other home softball stadium in the U.S. is farther south than FIU's. Host FIU is coming off a 46-15 season, and return with three different hitters who led their team in batting average last season (App. State, Coastal Carolina and FIU). ECU comes in coming off a 26-30 record, while Hofstra returns all but one starter from 2017. St. John's is coming off its fourth-straight BIG EAST title game with a 32-16 season.
A LOOK BACK... THE SEASON THAT WAS 2017
> The 2017 season ended with a 34-25 record, including eight wins over ranked opponents.br>
> The Gamecocks notably knocked off No. 1 Florida State in a 7-2 victory, which marked the program's first win over a top-ranked opponent since 2002.
RUNS! RUNS! RUNS! PLENTY OF OFFENSE RETURNING
> While the circle will be filled with plenty of new faces, the plate will feature four of Carolina's top five batting averages from last season (Mackenzie Boesel, .341; Tiara Duffy, .319; Krystan White, .291 and Alyssa VanDerveer, .286).
OPENING TOURNAMENT RESULTS
> South Carolina couldn't have asked for a much better start last season in its opening tournament (Carolina Classic) as the team posted a perfect 5-0 record over Ohio, Presbyterian, Longwood and Charlotte.
> South Carolina's six game road trip continues next Wednesday when the Gamecocks travel to Charlotte on Feb. 14 for a quick one-game trip. First pitch is set for 5:00 PM.
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