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No. 22 Gamecocks Begin Eight Game Homestand Wednesday Night – University of South Carolina Athletics

No. 22 Gamecocks Begin Eight Game Homestand Wednesday Night – University of South Carolina Athletics

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The No.22 South Carolina softball team kicks off an eight-game homestand when the Gamecocks host in-state foe Winthrop Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Series Information
Series History: South Carolina leads 57-8-1
Last Meeting: South Carolina 5, Winthrop 0 | March 7, 2023 | Columbia, S.C.

#22 South Carolina Gamecocks 26-10, 3-6 SEC
Coach: Beverly Smith | 14th Season
AVG Leader: .367 | Carlie Henderson
RBI Leader: 26 | Riley Blampied
Home Run Leader: 5 | Kianna Jones
ERA Leader: 0.68 | Reganne Bennett
Strikeout Leader: 83 | Sage Mardjetko
Wins Leader: 10 | Alana Vawter

Winthrop Eagles 17-20, 5-4 Big South
Coach: Kendall Fuller | 4th Season
AVG Leader: .322 | Reese Basinger
RBI Leader: 18 | KaDedra Temple and Reese Basinger
Home Run Leader: 3 | Powell, Megan
ERA Leader: 2.88 | Reese Basinger
Strikeout Leader: 98 | Reese Basinger
Wins Leader: 9 | Reese Basinger

LEADING OFF

  • The 2024 season will be the 51st season for the Carolina Softball team.
  • Carolina received votes in three polls this week. They are ranked No. 22 by NFCA/USA Today, and No. 25 by ESPN/USA Softball and by Softball America.
  • The Gamecocks have won the last 17 meetings. Winthrop’s last victory came on Feb. 16, 2011 in a 5-2 decision.
  • The Gamecocks swept Ole Miss over the weekend, their first SEC road sweep since 2013 (4/26-28, at Mississippi State).
  • Friday’s 2-0 win in nine innings was the longest shutout for the Gamecocks since a 1-0 win over Longwood on Feb. 11, 2017, also in nine innings.
  • Also Friday, the Gamecocks tied a program record turning four double plays in the game.
  • On Saturday, Kianna Jones hit two home runs in the victory, her first multi-home run game of her career.
  • Aniyah Black hit a pair
  • Aniyah Black hit a pair of home runs in the win over Charleston Southern Wednesday. It’s the second multi-home run game of her career (Texas A&M, 4/16/23).
  • Carolina turned a triple play in the third inning against Charleston Southern, the first in the recorded history of Carolina softball (since at least 2000).
    • It’s the fourth triple play recorded this season in Division I.
  • Carolina’s last series win against the Rebels came on the road in 2018 (2-1).
  • The Gamecocks are coming off a win over in-state rival Clemson 6-4 in 12 innings.
    • It was the longest game for Carolina since a 4-3 loss to Arkansas on April 15, 2000.
    • It was Carolina’s first win in the series since 1979.
  • Carolina combined to shutout then-No. 24 Boston U, earning a 3-0 victory in eight innings.
    • It was the first…

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