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March 2, 2004

Columbia, S.C. – The University of South Carolina baseball team returns to the field on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a midweek tilt vs. the Furman Paladins (2-6). Ranked as high as fifth in the nation, the Gamecocks will start junior RHP Jason Fletcher (1-0, 0.00 ERA). South Carolina defeated Duquesne, Radford and George Mason over the weekend to extend the squad’s winning streak to nine games on the year.

Carolina enters the Wednesday game batting .393 as a team and having collected at least 10 hits in eight consecutive games. South Carolina is outscoring its opponents 119-11 with the pitching staff’s team ERA at 1.25. Fletcher has worked seven 1/3 innings and owns 12 strikeouts and zero walks while allowing just five hits.

Live stats will be available at USCSPORTS.COM. The South Carolina-Furman baseball rivalry goes back 108 years to 1896 when the two teams split a two-game series. South Carolina leads the series 96-49-2 with both schools splitting a two-game series last year. Wednesday’s contest is the lone game between both schools this year.