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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina softball returns home for one game to face the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday night at 6:00 PM ET at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. Fans can catch the game on SEC Network while live stats will be provided on gamecocksonline.com.
The Last Meeting
February 17, 2017
Gamecocks Open Longhorn Invitational with 9-4 Win Over Texas
Nickie Blue tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless relief and Alyssa VanDerveer drove in four runs as South Carolina posted a 9-4 victory over the Texas Longhorns on Friday afternoon in the first of five games for the Gamecocks this weekend in the Longhorn Invitational.
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. 17/18) return home for one quick game against the Texas Longhorns Tuesday night at 6:00 PM ET on SEC Network. John Brickley (PXP) and Kayla Braud (Analyst) will be on the call.
Following the game with Texas, Carolina hits the road on Thursday for its SEC-opener starting Friday in Oxford, Miss., against Ole Miss. The pair are set for a three-game series on SEC Network Plus.
Carolina is set to be on TV for the fifth time this season against Texas on Tuesday as SEC Network is scheduled to broadcast the game.
South Carolina's opponents for the week come in with a combined 22-17 record. The series against Ole Miss will be the second time this season Carolina has faced a ranked opponent with both occasions coming in the last week on the road.
We're going back... To the Oklahoma weekend
The Gamecocks (No. 17/18) traveled to Norman, Okla., this past weekend for the OG&E Tournament, facing Illinois State, Oklahoma and Indiana. Carolina posted a 2-2 record with wins over Illinois State and Indiana.
While Carolina dropped both games to the Sooners, when you take a deeper look into the games you'll notice both were equally close and well played softball games. In 14 innings of action against Oklahoma, the Gamecocks held the Sooners scoreless for 12 frames.
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 144-37 (+107) through 24 games. A deeper look into that, on average the Gamecocks are outscoring teams 5.75-1.33 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 1.51 ERA with a 107-52 strikeout ratio and have held opponents to a low .185 batting average.