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South Carolina baseball team prepares for 17th-straight SEC tournament

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The University of South Carolina baseball team makes its 17th-straight SEC tournament appearance this week in Hoover, AL.

The Gamecocks finished the regular season 39-16 and 17-12 in the conference, second in the SEC Eastern Division and fourth overall. South Carolina went 9-5 in the second half of the SEC season to finish 17-12 in league play.  The Gamecocks' second place finish in the SEC East marks the fifth straight year that Carolina has finished second or better in the division.

The Gamecocks are the No. 4 seed at the SEC Tournament and earned a first round bye into day two of the tournament.  The Gamecocks will play the winner of No. 5 Mississippi State and No. 12 Missouri.  It will be the final game on Wednesday night, time still to be determined. 

Carolina's 17 straight appearances is the longest current streak among the 14 SEC schools.

Among the team's best finishes at the tournament, Carolina won the SEC Tournament in 2004, defeating Vanderbilt in the championship game and finished second in 2002 to Alabama.

South Carolina owns more conference wins than any SEC team since 2000.  The Gamecocks own a 257-160 record in conference games (does not include SEC Tournament or NCAA postseason games) in that span.

South Carolina is hitting .282 as a team (515-for-1824), fourth best in the league. The Gamecocks lead the SEC with 46 home runs, rank third in slugging percentage (.421) and fourth in on-base percentage (.373). 

On the mound, the Gamecocks 3.03 ERA is fifth best in the league.  South Carolina has 427 strikeouts to 128 walks in 490. 0 innings pitched.  Opponents are hitting .253 against the staff.  South Carolina is fielding .972 as a team.

South Carolina is 33-3 when leading after six innings and 34-0 when leading after eight innings.  The Gamecocks own a 28-4 record when out-hitting its opponent and 25-6 when scoring first in the contest.  Carolina has allowed five runs or less in 45 of 55 games played this season (81.8 percent).  The Gamecocks are 35-10 when allowing five runs or less.  South Carolina is 20-12 in games decided by three runs or less.

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