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How to Follow the Series

Radio: 107.5 FM (Gamecock ISP Sports Network)
Web: Friday Live Stats, Saturday Live Stats, Sunday Live Stats
Television: None
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Series Numbers

-South Carolina leads the all-time series against the Commodores 43-18.
-The Gamecocks swept the Commodores at Carolina Stadium last season, but lost to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament.
 
Last Weekend

South Carolina vs. Miss State: Friday: 10-2 W; Saturday: 7-8 L; Sunday 14-2 W

Vanderbilt @ Florida: Friday: 2-3 L; Saturday: 3-7 L; Sunday: 7-0 W


Probable Starting Pitchers


Friday
South Carolina - Sr. RHP Blake Cooper: 5-0, 3.11 ERA, 46.1 IP, 16 BB, 44 SO
Vanderbilt - So. RHP Sonny Gray: 4-3, 2.33 ERA, 46.1 IP, 21 BB, 46 SO

Saturday
South Carolina - Jr. RHP Sam Dyson: 2-1, 4.79 ERA, 35.2 IP, 6 BB, 39 SO
Vanderbilt - So. RHP Jack Armstrong: 4-0, 3.93 ERA, 36.2 IP, 14 BB, 26 SO

Sunday
South Carolina - TBA
Vanderbilt - Jr. RHP Taylor Hill: 3-2, 3.95 ERA, 41.0 IP, 14 BB, 31 SO

Team Notes & Numbers

-The Gamecocks are batting .305 as a team with a .972 fielding percentage and a 3.46 team ERA.
-South Carolina's pitching staff ranks second in the SEC with a 3.46 ERA and leads in the conference in strikeouts (294) and opposing batting average (.217).
-Junior Whit Merrifield has hit safely in 28 of 29 games this year and currently owns a 16-game hitting streak. He's the only player to have started all 29 games and is batting .350 with 6 HR and 22 RBI. Merrifield leads the league in runs scored with 39.
-Merrifield has 211 career hits (16th all-time) as a Gamecock and needs just five more to pass Reese Havens on the all-time list. He is 20 hits away from reaching the Top 10.
-Sophomore Jackie Bradley, Jr batted .444 against Mississippi State and had an on-base percentage of .667 and scored six runs. For the season, Bradley is batting .360 with 2 HR and 13 RBI.

What's Happening in the SEC This Weekend

-Alabama (17-7, 2-4) @ Kentucky (17-8, 4-2)

-Arkansas (22-6, 6-3) @ Mississippi State (16-13, 3-6)

-LSU (24-4, 7-2) @ Auburn (19-10, 5-4)

-Florida (21-7, 6-3) @ Tennessee (15-14, 2-7)

-Ole Miss (21-8, 5-4) @ Georgia (10-18, 2-7)

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