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#16 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Charleston Southern Buccaneers: Weekend Preview and How to Watch

The Gamecocks host the Buccaneers at Founders Park this weekend


The Gamecocks rebounded from last weekend's loss to Clemson with a pair of midweek wins at home against Wofford and Furman. The Gamecocks will be hosting another South Carolina team this weekend as Charleston Southern comes to town for the final non-conference series of the season. Carolina has a commanding 70-12 lead in the all-time series against the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers are 8-5 on the season and enter the weekend on a five game win streak after a series win over Massachusetts and midweek victories over NC Central and SC Upstate. Charleston Southern's only experience on the road so far this season is a midweek two-game series with Georgia and the Bucs lost both games.

South Carolina Charleston Southern
Batting Average .312 .290
On-Base % .415 .358
Slugging % .420 .375
ERA 2.03 3.31
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio 3.18 2.63
Fielding % .980 .961

The Friday starter for the Gamecocks will be sophomore RHP Clarke Schmidt, who has been impressive so far this season. He has a 0.43 ERA in his three starts and has struck out 23 batters while walking just 5. Freshman righty Braden Webb is getting the Saturday start for Carolina. Webb has a 2.51 ERA with 17 strikeouts and 11 walks. The Gamecocks will have a new Sunday starter this weekend as freshman Adam Hill gets a shot in the weekend rotation. Hill has looked great in all three of his midweek starts and has an ERA of 0.64 after allowing his first run of the season on Tuesday. He leads the team in strikeouts with 24 and has walked just 2 batters.

The Buccaneers will start senior right-hander Evan Raynor on Friday. Like Schmidt, Raynor has a 0.43 ERA through 21 innings of work, though Raynor has 19 strikeouts and 7 walks. The only lefty starting this weekend will be Daniel Johnson, who takes the mound for CSU on Saturday. The sophomore pitcher has a 4.34 ERA with 14 strikeouts and 6 walks. On Sunday Charleston Southern will start another senior RHP. John Piriz has a 1.93 ERA with 12 strikeouts and 2 walks.

Game 1, Friday

When: 7 p.m.

How to Watch: SEC Network Plus

How to Listen: 107.5 The Game*

Game 2, Saturday

When: 4 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*

*The radio broadcast could change because of the SEC Basketball Tournament this weekend. If MBB and baseball are on at the same time then basketball will be on 107.5 FM and baseball can be heard on 1320 AM The Fan.