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South Carolina vs Tennessee: Weekend Preview and How to Watch

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The Gamecocks host the Volunteers in a home SEC series

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The Gamecocks snapped their losing streak and improved to 14-11 (1-5 SEC) with a win over Davidson Tuesday night. They have a Thursday to Saturday SEC series in Founders Park this weekend and will be looking for their first conference series win of the season as they host Tennessee. Carolina usually fares well against Tennessee and has a 61-36 record against the Vols overall with only one series loss in the last decade.

Things are looking rough for South Carolina in the SEC right now. The Gamecocks are tied for dead last in the conference standings and have lost an astounding ten SEC series in a row dating back to last season. The Vols won’t be a pushover, but the Gamecocks need a series win this weekend, as their next two conference series are on the road against top ten teams.

SEC Standings

SEC EAST SEC WEST
SEC EAST SEC WEST
Georgia (5-1, .833) Ole Miss (4-2, .667)
Vanderbilt (5-1, .833) Arkansas (4-2, .667)
Florida (4-2, .667) Auburn (3-3, .500)
Tennessee (4-2, .667) LSU (3-3, .500)
Missouri (3-3, .500) Texas A&M (2-4, .333)
Kentucky (2-4, .333) Alabama (1-5, .167)
South Carolina (1-5, .167) Mississippi State (1-5, .167)

Tennessee is 17-9 (4-2 SEC) and is on a winning streak that includes a sweep of Alabama last weekend. The Vols look similar to the Gamecocks in a lot of statistical categories, particularly as both are among the worst offensive teams in the SEC. Tennessee is coming off of a game on Tuesday in which they scored 17 runs on Western Carolina and hit four homers, but the Vols still only have 18 home runs this season and have generally not put up big numbers. Tennessee has also struggled defensively, so the Gamecock offense will need to capitalize on any miscues by the Vols in the field this weekend.

Unfortunately one of South Carolina’s big issues right now is injuries, as three of the best offensive players on the team are expected to be out for this weekend. TJ Hopkins, who injured his hand against Florida, will be out for two to three weeks. Madison Stokes, who missed time earlier in the season due to a hamstring issue, reinjured it against Georgia and will probably be out this weekend as well. Noah Campbell broke his finger on Monday and is expected to be out for about week.

USC vs Tennessee Stats

Stat South Carolina Tennessee
Stat South Carolina Tennessee
Batting Average 0.268 0.265
On-Base % 0.381 0.374
Slugging % 0.470 0.396
ERA 3.92 3.88
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio 2.24 1.91
Fielding % 0.981 0.969

The Gamecocks are dealing with another significant injury on the team, as Adam Hill (4.23 ERA, 49 SO, 12 BB) missed his start last weekend due to shoulder tendinitis. Kingston said that he is “cautiously optimistic” about Hill potentially starting against Tennessee on Thursday, but officially the Gamecock starter for the first game is TBA. Tennessee will start freshman LHP Garrett Crochet (4.29 ERA, 29 SO, 6 BB).

On Friday the Gamecocks will start sophomore RHP Cody Morris (5.04 ERA, 31 SO, 13 BB). The Vols are also starting a sophomore RHP, Garrett Stallings (2.55 ERA, 19 SO, 3 BB).

Junior right-hander Ridge Chapman (3.68 ERA, 15 SO, 15 BB) will take the mound on Saturday. Tennessee’s starter for the series finale will be junior RHP Will Neely (2.95 ERA, 24 SO, 10 BB).

Game 1: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Game 2: Friday, 7 p.m.

Game 3: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Watch: Thursday night’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU. The Friday and Saturday games will be televised on SEC Network.

Listen: 107.5 The Game & The Gamecock Radio Network