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No. 18 South Carolina at The Citadel Preview

The Gamecocks begin a week on the road with a trip to The Citadel


The last two weeks have not been fun for Carolina baseball, which is now 19-9 (5-4). The Gamecocks have lost six of their last eight games, including two straight midweek losses. South Carolina has now played in ten straight games decided by 3 runs or less, the longest such stretch since 13 straight in 2000 (via Andrew Kitick). It has been increasingly frustrating to watch the team lose so many close games and it would do both the fans and the players good to get a solid win over The Citadel tonight.

South Carolina leads the overall series with the Citadel 126-48-1. The Gamecocks have won nine of the last 11 games between the teams. Last year the Gamecocks lost in Charleston, then beat the Bulldogs in Columbia later in the season. This season the two teams will meet again at Carolina Stadium in just a week, on Wednesday April 8th.

The Bulldogs are 14-12 (0-3) and are coming into tonight on a five-game losing streak. Prior to their current losing streak, the Citadel had won 9 straight. The Bulldogs lost to Coastal Carolina in early March and split two games with Winthrop.

South Carolina The Citadel
Batting Average .261 .278
On-Base % .361 .380
Slugging % .375 .402
ERA 2.80 4.95
Strikeout-To-Walk Ratio 2.54 3.22
Fielding % .970 .948

The Gamecocks will send freshman right-hander Tyler Haswell to the mound tonight. He has a 4.15 ERA in his 4.1 innings this season with five strikeouts and three walks. The Bulldogs will also start a freshman right-hander tonight. Thomas Byelick has an 8.44 ERA in 10.2 innings with 14 strikeouts and two walks.

Start Time: 7 pm

Location: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, Charleston S.C.

How to Watch: Streaming available on the SoCon Digital Network

How to Listen: 107.5 The Game and Gamecock Radio Network affiliates