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Softball Faces Nationally-Ranked South Carolina Wednesday On SEC Network

Furman takes on South Carolina at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the SEC Network.
Furman Softball (photo courtesy of Craig Johnson)

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman softball returns to the diamond on Wednesday evening when it travels to Columbia, S.C., to face the nationally-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. The non-conference match-up is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Carolina Softball Stadium and will be televised live on the SEC Network.

The Paladins, who dropped to 24-9 on the season after being swept in their opening Southern Conference series this past weekend at UNCG, enter Wednesday's game ranked a program-best No. 64 in the RPI. The 15th-ranked Gamecocks, 28-4 overall, are coming off of a sweep of second-ranked Tennessee and hold the No. 8 spot in the most recent RPI.

Wednesday's game will mark the 73rd meeting between the Paladins and Gamecocks with South Carolina holding a 61-10-1 series lead. South Carolina has won the last six meetings between the schools with Furman's last win, an 8-6 decision, coming during the 2013 campaign in Greenville, S.C.

Senior Lindsey Bert, 15-6 with a 1.96 ERA, has been Furman's standout performer in 2018. The left-hander enters the week leading the country with 180 strikeouts, tied for sixth nationally with 15 victories and ranking seventh with six shutouts. Furman's all-time wins leader with 75 career victories, her 742 strikeouts rank second in school history.

The Paladins offense is looking to bounce back after scoring just one run this past weekend. Furman has batted just .54 as a team, but the Paladins have totaled 42 doubles, a league-best eight triples and 23 home runs. Pitcher Emily DeMonte, 9-1 in the circle, has batted .375 at the plate, while rightfielder Candace Johnson has hit .302 with a team-best 22 runs. First baseman AnnaRose Borrelli has hit .271 with five homers and 25 RBI.

Log onto FurmanPaladins.com for links to the live stream and live statistics for Wednesday's contest. Furman returns to Greenville and Pepsi Stadium when it hosts Winthrop in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 3.