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#10 South Carolina Gamecocks at #6 Ole Miss Rebels: Weekend Preview and How to Watch

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The Gamecocks have a top-10 matchup on the road in the second weekend of conference play

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The Gamecocks had an exciting opening weekend of SEC play, with a beautiful performance from Schmidt Friday night, a series-clinching win on Saturday, and a comeback win for the sweep on Sunday. There was a lot to like about Carolina's performance against Arkansas, and with those wins against the Hogs USC improved to 20-2.

South Carolina didn't have a midweek game, so the team heads into the series at Swayze Field straight off of their strong SEC-opening performance. The last meeting between the Rebels and the Gamecocks was in Columbia in 2014, when South Carolina took of 2 of 3 after Ole Miss handed them their first loss of the season on opening night of SEC play. This is the first trip to Oxford that the team has made since the 2011 season. While the Gamecocks have won just 3 of the 8 series they've played at Ole Miss, Carolina does have a winning record (13-11) in Oxford and leads the overall series 32-22.

SEC East SEC West
Florida (3-0, 1.000) Alabama (2-1, .667)
South Carolina (3-0, 1.000) Mississippi State (2-1, .667)
Kentucky (2-1, .667) Ole Miss (2-1, .667)
Georgia (1-2, .333) Texas A&M (2-1, .667)
Tennessee (1-2, .333) Auburn (1-2, .333)
Vanderbilt (1-2, .333) LSU (1-2, .333)
Missouri (0-3, .000) Arkansas (0-3, .000)

Like the Gamecocks, Ole Miss enters the series with a 20-2 overall record. The Rebels had a pretty strong non-conference schedule to begin the year. They hosted Louisville (who was ranked #2 at the time, though they're #8 in most polls now) in the second weekend of the season and took 2 of 3 games. They also won at Coastal Carolina in the Chanticleer Classic the next weekend. The Rebels opened SEC play on the road at Tennessee and after dropping the first game they won on Saturday and Sunday to take the series.

South Carolina
Ole Miss
Batting Average .325 .285
On-Base % .415 .388
Slugging % .458 .437
ERA 2.25 2.42
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio 3.29 2.97
Fielding % .980 .971

Sophomore RHP Clarke Schmidt will take the mound for the Gamecocks on Thursday with a 1.27 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 6 walks. Schmidt will be looking to build on his performance from last week and continue to pitch successfully, even in a more hostile road environment. Braden Webb, a freshman righty, has been a steady presence in the middle of the weekend rotation all season. He pitched well in his SEC debut last week and comes into this weekend with a 1.71 ERA, 28 strikeouts, and 17 walks. Adam Hill, another freshman right-hander, had a rough time in his first SEC start and was pulled after giving up 5 runs in 3 innings. However, he'll get another chance on Saturday against the Rebels and enters the series with a 2.42 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 4 walks.

The Rebels have a pair of right-handed juniors lined up to pitch against the Gamecocks. First up on Thursday will be Brady Bramlett, who has a 2.03 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 7 walks on the year. On Friday night Chad Smith will take the mound for Ole Miss. Smith has a 3.91 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 13 walks. The Rebels have not named a starter for the final game of the series yet.

Game 1, Thursday

When: 7:30 p.m.

How to Watch: SEC Network Plus

How to Listen: 107.5 The Game

Game 2, Friday

When: 7:30 p.m.

How to Watch: SEC Network Plus

How to Listen: 1320 AM The Fan

Game 3, Saturday

When: 3 p.m.

How to Watch: SEC Network

How to Listen: 107. 5 The Game