South Carolina vs. Liberty
- Game Notes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Softball takes its season-high 12-game winning streak into the weekend as it plays host to the Carolina Classic starting with Liberty at 5:00 PM ET. Live stats will be provided on gamecocksonline.com and updates will be on Twitter throughout the game.
Fans are encouraged to park in the Heyward Street Parking Garage for all home games this season.
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.
The Gamecocks welcome seven freshmen and transfer Dixie Raley to the program this season to bring the Gamecocks to 20 active members.
Head coach Beverly Smith has been California Dreaming with her roster, as South Carolina has six Californians on the team, more than any other state combined. The next closest is a tie with three between Georgia and South Carolina.
Carolina won't be lacking arms this season with five available coming into the new season, leaving 15 fielders.
The upcoming week
The Gamecocks (No. 20/21) return home for a four-game home stand starting Friday at 5:00 PM ET against Liberty. Carolina's home slate continues throughout the weekend as the Gamecocks host the Carolina Classic Friday through Sunday.
Carolina takes a season-high 12-game winning streak into the week as the Gamecocks posted a perfect 6-0 record last week with a home victory over North Carolina before picking up five wins in Orlando over the weekend.
Carolina was set to be on TV for the second time this season against Duke before the game was postponed. The Gamecocks are 1-0 on the year in TV games.
South Carolina's opponents for the week come in with a combined 32-20 record.
The third week of success
The Gamecocks posted a perfect 6-0 record last week to move to 15-1 on the season and keep its season-long 12-game winning streak going. The last time Carolina had a streak this long? The team's youngest player (Anna Vest) wasn't born and it's oldest (Jordyn Augustus) was three-years old.
On the week, Carolina outscored its opponents 46-3 and finished with 28 more hits. The Gamecocks produced with 45 RBI while opponents had a low three. As a team Carolina finished with a .535 slugging percentage and .487 on-base percentage.
Runs! Runs! Runs! Plenty of offense for Gamecocks
Carolina hasn't been hurting in offense this season, as that side of the ball has outscored opponents 95-19 through 16 games. A deeper look into that, on average the Gamecocks are outscoring teams 5.94-1.19 thus far.
How about that pitching
While Carolina's offense has been outstanding, you can't forget about the pitching staff and defense. The staff's trio of Dixie Raley, Cayla Drotar and Kelsey Oh have combined for a 1.14 ERA with a 79-39 strikeout ratio and have held opponents to a low .172 batting average.
The Field... A deeper look
Liberty comes into the weekend with an impressive 10-4 record looking to bounce back from two-straight losses to close out the Mary Nutter Classic this past weekend.
Marshall comes into the tournament with a 7-8 record highlighted with a win over Missouri. Marshall is looking for its first road win of the season.
George Washington comes to Columbia with a solid 9-3 mark, including two wins over New Mexico. George Washington is looking for its first true road win of 2018 in Columbia.
Carolina holds a 3-1 lead all-time against the trio of teams the Gamecocks will play host to this weekend in the Carolina Classic.