Brown vs. No. 1 South Carolina: Series preview, radio, online streaming info, and more

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The 12-0 Gamecocks will face Brown in their final non-conference series of the season

After a late-inning rally to beat Stetson on Wednesday, the undefeated Gamecocks are back in action this weekend against Brown. The Gamecocks lead the all-time series against the Bears 8-0.

The Brown Bears are a member of the Ivy League and are opening their season against the Gamecocks on Friday. Given the fact that they haven't played yet, it's difficult to gauge how good the Bears are this year. They had a disappointing season in 2013, finishing just 7-33 (3-17 in conference). However, Brown returns 21 lettermen from last year's team and will count on that returning experience to lead them to a better record this season.

The Gamecocks, meanwhile, continued their strong start to the season in their two games against Stetson. The team is now hitting .317 and has an on-base percentage of .409. South Carolina's pitching continues to be impressive. The team ERA is 1.50 with opponents hitting just .208 against the Gamecocks. There are still nine Gamecock pitchers who have not allowed an earned run. Cody Mincey in particular has been stellar in relief for the Gamecocks, allowing only four hits in 10 innings of work and tallying 17 strikeouts against only two walks.  Joel Seddon has stepped nicely into the role of closer, recording 13 strikeouts and allowing no hits in his 8.1 inning pitched.

On Friday, junior left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery will start opposite Brown's senior righty Anthony Galan. Montgomery has a 2.60 ERA for the season. Galan, who started for the Bears last year, had an ERA of 4.77 in 2013. Saturday, sophomore southpaw Jack Wynkoop will start for the Gamecocks and junior right-hander Dave St. Lawrence will start for the Bears.  Wynkoop has an ERA of 1.96 and a team-leading 19 strikeouts on the season.  On Sunday, freshman right-handed pitchers will take the mound for both teams, with Wil Crowe getting the start for the Gamecocks and Christian Taugner making his collegiate debut for the Bears. Crowe's ERA is 1.40.

The Gamecocks are mostly healthy heading into the weekend but will be missing second baseman Max Schrock.  Schrock hurt his ankle against Stetson on Wednesday and will be out for the series against Brown. In the postgame press conference on Wednesday, Coach Holbrook said he hadn't had time to give it much though yet, but that he is likely to use a few different combinations of players in the infield over the weekend. He said that DC Arendas could play second base, or that Arendas could play third and Joey Pankake could shift over to second. Holbrook also mentioned that Connor Bright could see some playing time at second base. Despite the shake-up in the lineup caused by the absence of Schrock, the Gamecocks should be able to come out strong against the Bears and get another series victory in their last weekend of non-conference play.

Game 1, Friday

Start time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Stadium)

UPDATE: Game 1 postponed due to weather. South Carolina will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

Game 1, Saturday

Start time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Stadium)

Game 2, Saturday

Start time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Stadium)

Game 3, Sunday

Start time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Stadium

All three games will be available on the radio at 107.5 The Game in Columbia and via live video streaming at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access

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