Gamecocks Set To Take On The Auburn Tigers

<strong>Columbia, S.C</strong>. - Sixth ranked South Carolina (32-12, 11-10 SEC) heads back into SEC play this weekend with a three-game series at 20th ranked Auburn (29-17, 9-12 SEC) beginning Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET. Carolina heads into the weekend series having won seven of their last nine games played including the last two SEC series vs. Alabama and Ole Miss. All three games this week will be televised on CSS ...

South Carolina leads the overall series with the Tigers 19-12 and have won 13 of the last 15 meetings between the two schools. This is the first regular season series between Carolina and Auburn since the 2001 season. South Carolina swept a three-game series in 2000 vs. Auburn, the last time both teams met at Hitchcock Field of Plainsman Park.

Live stats and live audio will be available at GAMECOCKINSIDER.COM for all three games. The game will also be broadcast on all Gamecock Baseball Radio affiliates with Mike Morgan and Tom Price calling the action. Saturday's first pitch is also set for 7:30 p.m. ET with the Sunday finale set for 2:30 p.m. ET.

WEEKEND PITCHING ROTATION

Friday
Auburn: RHP Josh Bell (2-2, 3.38 ERA), So.
South Carolina: RHP Aaron Rawl (9-2, 4.12 ERA), Jr.

Saturday
Auburn: LHP Arnold Hughey (6-2, 4.58 ERA), Jr.
South Carolina: LHP Matt Campbell (6-3, 3.58 ERA), Jr. OR LHP Arik Hempy (3-1, 1.82 ERA), Fr.

Sunday
Auburn: TBA
South Carolina: Campbell or Hempy

GAMECOCK TIDBITS

TANNER
Ray Tanner is in his eighth season at South Carolina and his 17th as a collegiate head coach. His record with the Gamecocks is 351-147, a winning percentage of .705. Tannner's overall record is 746-320-3 a winning percentage of .699. Tanner won his 350th game at South Carolina, April 30 in the first game of a series with Ole Miss. The second game of the series at Auburn this weekend is scheduled to be the 500th South Carolina game coached by Tanner.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
For the second consecutive week the SEC Pitcher of the Week is from South Carolina. Freshman LHP Arik Hempy pitched 12 scoreless innings last week to earn a save and a shutout win. He pitched three hitless innings to save a 7-3 win in the first game of the Ole Miss series and two days later shut the Rebels out 3-0 in a four hit complete game. The previous Sunday junior LHP Matt Campbell pitched the first complete game extra inning shutout win by a South Carolina pitcher in 39 years when he blanked Alabama 1-0 in 10 innings Sunday, April 25.

EXTRA INNING
Sophomore infielder Steven Tolleson has contributed the winning run batted in twice in extra inning games this season. After more than a month on the disabled list with leg injuries, Tolleson returned to the lineup during the week of April 21-25. His 10th inning RBI single April 25 produced a 1-0 win over Alabama. On March 7 at Clemson, Tolleson led off the 10th inning with a home run to defeat the Tigers 8-7. South Carolina is 4-1 in extra inning games this season. A 10th inning home run by Landon Powell defeated Florida April 9 and two days later Brendan Winn drove in the winning run with a 10th inning single to defeat the Gators 7-6.

TWENTY GAME WINNER
Junior RHP Aaron Rawl became a 20 game career winner when South Carolina defeated Kentucky 5-3 on April 18 in Lexington. Rawl improved his 2004 record to 9-2 with wins over Alabama and Ole Miss in his next two starts. His three-year career mark is 22-7. He also has eight career saves. Rawl is the 16th South Carolina pitcher to register 20 or more wins. The record holder is Kip Bouknight (1998-2001) who compiled a mark of 45-21.

From Auburn Sports Information

AUBURN --The Auburn Tigers host an important three-game SEC baseball series this weekend as South Carolina visits Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park. The Tigers and Bulldogs will play Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets remain for each game of the series. Several giveaways and a youth ticket promotion highlight the weekend.

Friday, the first 500 fans through the gates receive an Auburn Baseball Rally Towel compliments of Alabama Power.

The first 500 fans at Saturday's game will receive an Auburn Baseball Travel Mug, compliments of Century 21/Paramount Realty. While fans attending Sunday's series finale will receive set #3 of the 2004 Auburn Trading Card Set compliments of The Buffalo Connection.

Throughout the weekend, all youth 18 and under receive admission for only $2.

Single-game tickets for the Auburn-South Carolina series are only $10 for the general public and $2 for Auburn University Students and under 18. Tickets will go on sale at the Plainsman Park box office two hours prior to first pitch each day. Tickets are also available on-line at http://www.auburntigers.com, by phone at 1-800-AUB-1957, ext. 1 or in-person at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum ticket office.

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