The Gamecocks return to Carolina Stadium to face Wofford tonight in the first of the five straight home games they will play over the next week. After a disheartening series loss to Georgia over the weekend the Gamecocks have fallen out of the top ten in every major poll. Carolina's highest ranking is 11th (ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll) and their lowest is 19th (Collegiate Baseball). Wofford is not ranked. The Gamecocks are 73-24-1 against the Terriers all-time. Carolina has won eight of the last ten meetings between the teams and last lost to Wofford in 2012.
Wofford is 25-24 (7-14 Southern Conference) on the year and is coming off of a Monday evening loss to Presbyterian College. However, victories over Georgia Southern and The Citadel over the past two weekends have given the Terriers their first conference series wins of the season. The Terriers are hitting .249 with an on-base percentage of .350. Their ERA is 5.22 and opponents are hitting .272 against them. One thing the Gamecocks will need to watch out for tonight is Wofford's aggression on the basepaths. The Terriers really, really like to steal, and in fact they lead the country in stolen bases with 133 total (on 163 attempts).
The Gamecocks are now 35-13 (13-11) and are 11th in the official NCAA RPI rankings. The Gamecocks had their bats going pretty well again the last week of April, but the offense had big issues last weekend against Georgia. Part of the problem is, of course, the fact that the Gamecocks have been hit very hard with injuries over the past few weeks. While several of the less experienced players that have come in for injured starters have made important contributions, the team has struggled to put together very many complete offensive performances with their constantly shifting lineup. The Gamecocks are now hitting .280 with an on-base percentage of .355. On the bright side, Carolina's pitching continues to be stellar. The Gamecocks are still third in the country with an ERA of 2.09 and opponents are hitting just .222 against them.
Freshman right-hander Reed Scott will start for the Gamecocks tonight. His ERA is 0.94 through 28.2 innings pitched and he has 19 strikeouts and six walks. Scott threw four scoreless innings against Davidson in his only other start of the season. Wofford will start Jordan Accetta, who is also a right-handed freshman pitcher He has an ERA of 9.39 through 23 innings, with 14 strikeouts and 12 walks.
Start time: 7 p.m.
Location: Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Stadium)
Radio: 107.5 The Game