South Carolina vs. Youngstown State
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Softball takes its season-high 16-game winning streak into the week as it plays host to Youngstown State Tuesday night at 6:00 PM ET. Fans can catch the game on SEC Network Plus or live stats will be provided on gamecocksonline.com.
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 to close out a five-game home stand against Youngstown State at 6:00 PM ET on Tuesday on SEC Network Plus before heading out to Oklahoma this weekend with for its final non-conference tournament of the season.
Carolina takes a season-high 16-game winning streak into the week as the Gamecocks posted a perfect 4-0 record last week with four wins in the Carolina Classic against George Washington, Liberty and Marshall.
Carolina is set to be on TV for the third time this season against Youngstown State on Tuesday as SEC Network Plus is scheduled to broadcast the game.
South Carolina’s opponents for the week come in with a combined 28-38 record. The two games against No. 4 Oklahoma will be the first time the Gamecocks have faced a ranked opponent in 2018.
Taking another look back… The streak continues>
No. 20 South Carolina posted another perfect record in the fourth week of the season, as the Gamecocks posted wins over Marshall, Liberty and George Washington in the Carolina Classic after the game against Duke on Wednesday was rained out and rescheduled to March 20.
The Gamecocks finished the week with two run-rule victories, making it five games in the past two weeks (10 total games) that the team has ended early via run rule.
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 125-25 (+100) through 20 games. A deeper look into that, on average the Gamecocks are outscoring teams 6.05-1.10 thus far.
How about that pitching
While Carolinaís offense has been outstanding, you canít forget about the pitching staff and defense. The staffís trio of Dixie Raley, Cayla Drotar and Kelsey Oh have combined for a 1.19 ERA with a 92-43 strikeout ratio and have held opponents to a low .179 batting average.