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#15 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Penn State Nittany Lions: Preview and How to Watch

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The Gamecocks host the Nittany Lions in Columbia this weekend

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The Gamecocks continued their hot start to the 2016 season with a blowout victory over Winthrop on Wednesday night. They'll head into their second weekend series of the season with a 5-0 record and plenty of reasons to feel optimistic.

Penn State is 2-2 after beating Army twice and losing to Monmouth and Bryant in the USA Baseball Complex Tournament last weekend. South Carolina and Penn State have played each other just four times in program history. They split the first two games in April of 1912 and the Gamecocks won both games last year in Columbia.

South Carolina Penn State
Batting Average .313 .250
On-Base % .440 .358
Slugging % .405 .295
ERA 1.20 2.00
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio 4.21 3.11
Fielding % .978 .954

The Gamecocks will use the same pitching rotation that they opened the season with last weekend. Friday sophomore righty Clarke Schmidt will take the mound with a 1.50 ERA for the season. Braden Webb, a freshman RHP, will start on Saturday and has a 3.60 ERA. Junior right-hander Taylor Widener is the Sunday starter and did not allow any earned runs in last week's start.

The Friday starter for PSU will be sophomore left-hander Taylor Lehman. He has a 4.50 ERA after pitching in Penn State's Opening Day loss last week. On Saturday sophomore right-hander Sal Biasi, who has a 1.50 ERA, will get the start. Like the Gamecocks, the Nittany Lions have a Sunday starter that has allowed no earned runs yet this season. Justin Hagenman, a freshman righty, went 7 scoreless innings for PSU last weekend against Army.

Game 1, Friday

When: 4 p.m.

How to Watch: SEC Network Plus

How to Listen: 107.5 The Game

Game 2, Saturday

When: 2 p.m.

How to Watch: SEC Network Plus

How to Listen: 107.5 The Game

Game 3, Sunday

When: 1:30 p.m.

How to Watch: SEC Network Plus

How to Listen: 107.5 The Game