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Gamecocks Set for NCAA Tournament Starting Friday – University of South Carolina Athletics

Gamecocks Set for NCAA Tournament Starting Friday – University of South Carolina Athletics

DURHAM, N.C. – For the 24th time in program history, the South Carolina softball team will head to the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks will be the No. 2 seed in the Durham Regional hosted by Duke University May 17-19.

GAME TIMES

Friday – 2 Games
Game 1: 12:00 p.m. – South Carolina vs. Utah
Game 2: 2:30 p.m. – Morgan State vs. Duke

Saturday – 3 Games
Game 3: 11:00 a.m. – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Game 4: 1:30 p.m. – Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
Game 5: 4:00 p.m. – Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner

Sunday – 2 Games
Game 6: TBD – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 7: TBD – If Necessary – Same teams as Game 6

RV South Carolina Gamecocks 34-22, 8-16 SEC
Coach
: Beverly Smith | 14th Season
AVG Leader
: .355 | Carlie Henderson
RBI Leader
: 33 | Riley Blampied
Home Run Leader
: 6 | Riley Blampied
ERA Leader
: 0.86 | Reganne Bennett
Strikeout Leader
: 113 | Sage Mardjetko
Wins Leader
: 16 | Alana Vawter

#4 Duke Blue Devils 47-6, 20-4 ACC
Series History
: South Carolina leads 3-1
Last Meeting
: Duke 5, South Carolina 1 | Feb. 28, 2021 | Columbia, S.C.
Coach
: Marissa Young | 7th Season

RV Utah Utes 34-20, 10-13 Pac-12
Series History
: South Carolina leads 6-4
Last Meeting
: South Carolina 9, Utah 1 | Feb. 15, 2024 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Coach
: Amy Hogue | 16th Season

Morgan State Bears 35-18, 18-3 MEAC
Series History
: First Meeting
Coach
: Larry Hineline | 7th Season

LEADING OFF

  • The 2024 season is the 51st season for the Carolina Softball team.
  • The Gamecocks continue to receive votes in the two main polls this week by NFCA/USA Today and by ESPN/USA Softball.
  • It’s South Carolina’s 24th NCAA Tournament appearance and 9th in the last 11 years.
  • Carolina has played 23 games against top-25 RPI teams, ninth most in the country.
  • Per the NCAA, they have the 16th hardest strength of schedule, one behind Duke.
  • The Gamecocks turned their 31st double play of the season over the weekend, tying the program record from 2018.
    • Carolina turned four double plays against Florida on April 21, tying a program record for the second time this season. They also turned four at Ole Miss on 3/29.
    • They’re the only team in D1 to turn four double plays in a game twice this season.
    • They rank ninth in the nation in double plays per game and t-4th in overall DP’s.
  • Carolina has played 10-plus innings five times this season, tied with Dayton for the most in Division I.
  • It’s tied for the most 10-plus inning games in a season in program history (1986).
  • They’ve played nine extra-inning…

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