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Gamecock softball 2011 schedule released

USC will face teams from last year's NCAA Softball Tournament in 26 games during a 56-game schedule for 2011 released by head coach Beverly Smith today. The Gamecocks also are slated to host 27 home games at historic Beckham Field. The Gamecocks open the 2011 season with the Palmetto State Showdown, facing in-state foes Charleston Southern, Furman, Coastal Carolina and USC Upstate while Winthrop will also participate. Other non-conference events South Carolina will play are Feb. 18-20 at Florida Gulf Coast University and March 5-6 at Florida Atlantic. Also on the non-conference slate are matchups against ACC teams North Carolina and NC State as well as Charlotte andLongwood. Playing in one of the toughest conferences in the country, the Southeastern Conference, South Carolina hosts 2010 division winners Alabama and Florida during the season as well as three-game sets against Kentucky and Mississippi. Out of the 26 games against NCAA Tournament teams, 21 come against SEC foes, including eight games versus teams that advanced into the Women's College World Series. Season tickets, which would be good for admission to any game of the Palmetto State Showdown and all 27 games at Beckham Field, are on sale at 800-4SC-FANS for $25 per adult and $10 for children 17 and under.

2011 USC Softball Schedule

DAY DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/TV
Palmetto State Showdown - - - -
Friday Feb.. 11 Charleston Southern Beckham Field 3 p.m.
Saturday Feb.. 12 Furman Beckham Field 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Feb. 12 Coastal Carolina Beckham Field 12:30 p.m.
Sunday Feb. 13 USC Upstate Beckham Field 5 p.m.
Wednesday Feb. 16 Winthrop Beckham Field 3 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast Tournament - - - -
Friday Feb. 18 Villanova Fort Myers, Fla. 11:15 a.m.
Friday Feb. 18 Georgetown Fort Myers, Fla. 3:45 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 19 Villanova Fort Myers, Fla. 3:45 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 19 Florida Gulf Coast Fort Myers, Fla. 8:15 p.m.
Sunday Feb. 20 Michigan State Fort Myers, Fla. 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday Feb. 23 Charlotte Charlotte, N.C. 4 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 26 Elon (DH) Beckham Field 2 p.m.
Wednesday March 2 Winthrop Rock Hill, S.C. 3 p.m.
Florida Atlantic Miken Classic - - - -
Saturday March 5 Providence Boca Raton, Fla. 9 a.m.
Saturday March 5 Seton Hall Boca Raton, Fla. 11 a.m.
Sunday March 6 Stony Brook Boca Raton, Fla. 9 a.m.
Sunday March 6 Michigan State Boca Raton, Fla. 1 p.m.
Wednesday March 9 Mississippi State* (DH) Mississippi State, Miss. 5 p.m.
Friday March 11 Mississippi* Beckham Field 6 p.m.
Saturday March 12 Mississippi* Beckham Field 2 p.m.
Sunday March 13 Mississippi* Beckham Field 12 p.m.
Wednesday March 16 Georgia* (DH) Beckham Field 4 p.m.
Friday March 18 Auburn* Auburn, Ala. 7 p.m.
Saturday March 19 Auburn* Auburn, Ala. 2 p.m.
Sunday March 20 Auburn* Auburn, Ala. 2 p.m.
Tuesday March 22 Coastal Carolina Conway, S.C. 6 p.m.
Friday March 25 Tennessee* Knoxville, Tenn. 6 p.m.
Saturday March 26 Tennessee* Knoxville, Tenn. 1 p.m.
Sunday March 27 Tennessee* Knoxville, Tenn. 12 p.m.
Wednesday March 30 USC Upstate Beckham Field 5 p.m.
Friday April 1 Alabama* Beckham Field 6 p.m.
Saturday April 2 Alabama* Beckham Field 2 p.m.
Sunday April 3 Alabama* Beckham Field 12 p.m.
Tuesday April 5 Charleston Southern Beckham Field 5 p.m.
Wednesday April 6 North Carolina Beckham Field 4 p.m.
Saturday April 9 Longwood (DH) Farmville, Va. 1 p.m.
Monday April 11 Coastal Carolina Beckham Field 4 p.m.
Wednesday April 13 USC Upstate Spartanburg, S.C. 5 p.m.
Friday April 15 Arkansas* Fayetteville, Ark. 8 p.m.
Saturday April 16 Arkansas* Fayetteville, Ark. 2 p.m.
Sunday April 17 Arkansas* Fayetteville, Ark. 2 p.m.
Tuesday April 19 North Carolina State Beckham Field 5 p.m.
Wednesday April 20 Charlotte Beckham Field 6 p.m.
Friday April 22 Kentucky* Beckham Field 7 p.m.
Saturday April 23 Kentucky* Beckham Field 4 p.m.
Sunday April 24 Kentucky* Beckham Field 1 p.m.
Friday April 29 Florida* Beckham Field 7 p.m.
Saturday April 30 Florida* Beckham Field 4 p.m.
Sunday May 1 Florida* Beckham Field 1 p.m.
Friday May 6 LSU* Baton Rouge, La. 7 p.m.
Saturday May 7 LSU* Baton Rouge, La. 4 p.m.
Sunday May 8 LSU* Baton Rouge, La. 2 p.m.
Thurs.-Sat. May 12-14 SEC Tournament University, Miss. TBD
Fri.-Sun. May 20-22 NCAA Regionals Campus Sites TBD
Fri.-Sun. May 27-29 NCAA Super Regionals Campus Sites TBD
Thurs.-Wed June 1-7 Women's College World Series Oklahoma City, Okla. TBD

All times are Eastern

* Denotes Southeastern Conference game

Subject to change

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