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South Carolina vs. James Madison

The second-seeded Gamecocks will take on the three-seeded James Madison Dukes on Friday at 2 p.m. on ESPN+.

The Dukes come to the Raleigh Regional after an impressive performance in the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Championship. Similar to the Gamecocks, James Madison reached the semifinals before losing to eventual runner-up Georgia Southern.

James Madison has a 34-23 overall record and 17-13 in the Sun Belt. The Dukes played three common opponents with the Gamecocks in Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Arkansas. Over those three opponents, the Dukes had a 5-7 record.

James Madison Head Coach Marlin Ikenberry has been involved in college baseball as a player and coach for more than three decades. Now he has his first shot at the NCAA tournament for the first time in his career.

Offensively, James Madison is led by IN/OF Fenwick Trimble with a .371 batting average, third best in the Sun Belt. Trimble’s 1.093 OPS is in the top ten for the Sun Belt. The Gamecocks pitching staff will have to focus on limiting Trimble’s impact in this game.

On the mound, the Dukes are led by left-handers Max Khule and Donovan Burke. Khule has been successful in limiting hitting opportunities this season, as his .239 batting average is good for the top ten in the Sun Belt.

Both the Gamecocks and Dukes will look to build on their conference semifinal runs in hopes of becoming Region Champions.

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