• Who: Presbyterian (24-24) at South Carolina (27-19)
• When: Tuesday – 7 p.m.
• Where: Founders Park – Columbia, S.C.
• Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com
• Live Audio: Sunny 103.5 FM
• Live Video: SEC Network+
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - SC leads 8-1
• at SC - SC leads 8-1
• PC and South Carolina will meet for the 10th time on the diamond, with the two having met every season since 2008.
• The Blue Hose head in to the week with an 11-7 Big South record, good for sole possession of third place in the league.
• PC is tied for second in the Big South in hits (421), while leading the league in sac bunts (45). The Blue Hose come in third in the league in ERA (4.46), fourth in opponent batting average (.258) and fourth in strikeouts (354).
• In conference action, PC leads the league with a 2.47 ERA and is second in opponent batting average with a .229 average.
Scouting South Carolina
• The Gamecocks are 27-19 overall and 11-13 in the SEC, coming off a series loss at LSU over the weekend.
• SC is batting .264 as a team with 40 home runs on the year. They are led by LT Tolbert with a .310 batting average and 31 RBIs, while Alex Destino has a team-best seven homers.
• South Carolina holds a 3.63 ERA with opposing hitters managing just a .232 average against them.
Players Rank in Big South and Nationally
• Brian Kehner leads the Big South in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.29) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.83). He ranks 8th and 4th in the nation in two categories, respectively.
• Eric Miles is second in the Big South with a 2.59 ERA.
• Hayden Deal has 65 strikeouts, fourth in the Big South.
• Tyler Weyenberg and Cletis Avery lead the Big South in sac bunts with nine apiece on the season, 40th in the nation. TJ Richardson is seventh in the Big South with seven.
• Avery is seventh in the conference in stolen bases (16) and ranks 70th nationally.
• Ryan Hedrick has eight saves, most in the Big South and 45th nationally.
• Eric Miles leads the team with five wins this season, tied for fourth in the Big South.
Close Games the Norm
• PC has played 20 one-run games with nine others decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose are 11-9 in one-run games with a 16-13 record in all games decided three runs or less.
• Eleven of PC's 18 Big South games to date have been decided by three runs or less.
Richardson Red Hot
• Junior catcher TJ Richardson has been red hot over his last five games, recording at least two hits in each contest to push his average to .324 on the season.
• Over his last five, the right-handed hitter is 11-for-22 (.500) with a double, three runs and three RBIs out of the middle of the PC lineup.
• With the five-game multi-hit streak, Richardson now has 11 multi-hit games on the year, third-most on the team, and just two shy of the team lead.
• His best game of the stretch came at Davidson on May 2, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs to help propel PC to an 8-6 road victory.
Slagill Coming on Late
• Sophomore Connor Slagill has also come on of late, putting together a modest four-game hitting streak with an RBI in each contest.
• Over his last four games, Slagill is 8-for-15 (.533) with two home runs, seven RBIs and two runs to help PC go 3-1 in those games.
• Since the start of April, Slagill has played in 14 games, starting each one, and recorded a .311 average, third-best on the team. During the stretch, he is 14-for-45 with three home runs, five runs and 10 RBIs.
• Slagill's four-RBI game against USC Upstate was just the third such game by a PC player this season.
Priaulx Named Academic All-District
• Junior first baseman AJ Priaulx was named Academic All-District IV by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on May 5.
• The lefty leads the team this season with five home runs and 31 RBIs at the plate, while recording a team-best .472 slugging percentage on the year.
• It is the first such honor for Priaulx, who was named to the Big South All-Academic team as a sophomore last season.
• It is the second straight season that a PC player has earned the All-District honor, as former Blue Hose Weston Jackson was named Academic All-District a year ago.
Auckland Records Longest Hit Streak This Year
• Brett Auckland extended his hitting streak to 12 games before going hitless against USC Upstate on May 3.
• The lefty went 16-for-40 (.400) with three doubles, a homer, seven runs and five RBIs over the 12-game stretch.
• Auckland had a pair of three-hit games during the streak, both coming on Wednesdays against Furman and Duke.
• The streak allowed him to raise his batting to .303 at the time, second-highest mark on the team then.
• The lefty did reach base against the Spartans, allowing him to extend his reached base streak to its current point of 13 games.