No. 1 Vanderbilt visits No. 3 South Carolina

No. 1 ranked Vanderbilt (31-3, 10-2 SEC) visits No. 3 South Carolina (26-6, 10-2 SEC) in a critical SEC series this weekend. Look inside for all you need to know to follow the series.

#3 South Carolina (26-6, 10-2) AT #1 Vanderbilt (31-3, 10-2)
CAROLINA STADIUM (8,242)


SCHEDULE:

Game 1 • Friday, April 15 • 6 p.m. CT
Game 2 • Saturday, April 16 • 6 p.m. CT
Game 3 • Sunday, April 17 • noon CT

Radio: 560 AM WNSR

TV: Friday (None), Saturday (CSS), Sunday (ESPN2)

Series History: Vandy trails 18-42.

The Coaches: South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner is 660-288 (.696) in his 15th season as the Gamecock's head coach and 1,055-461-3 (.696) overall in 24 years as a head coach. Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin is 459-318 in 15 years as a head coach. Corbin is 353-180 in 9 years at VU.

Tentative Pitching Matchups

Friday
USC- Michael Roth (Jr. LHP, 7-1, 1.25 ERA)
VU- Sonny Gray (Jr. RHP, 7-1, 1.54 ERA)
Saturday
USC- Colby Holmes (So. RHP, 3-0, 3.00 ERA)
VU- Grayson Garvin (Jr. LHP, 6-1, 2.04 ERA)
Sunday
USC- Forrest Koumas (Fr. RHP, 4-0, 1.91 ERA)
VU- Taylor Hill (Sr. RHP 2-0, 3.19 ERA)

Scouting South Carolina

Through 32 games No. 3 ranked South Carolina is third in the SEC in ERA (2.46) and seventh in batting average (.289). However, the Gamecocks lead the SEC in slugging percentage (.450) and home runs (30).

South Carolina's pitching staff had its best weekend of the season with just one run allowed in 27 innings pitched at Tennessee. The Volunteers has just 15 hits for three games with a .179 batting average and Carolina finished with 24 strikeouts and just six walks allowed as well.

In 12 SEC games this year, Carolina's pitching staff has compiled a 10-2 record and a 1.58 ERA. Through conference play opponents have just 21 runs, 19 earned, on 69 hits in 108 innings and are hitting just .189 against the Gamecocks. That 1.58 ERA and the .189 opponents batting average, leads the SEC in SEC games.

For the season, Carolina's pitching staff is at a team ERA of 2.46. Opponents are hitting just .214 against the staff and the team has 262 strikeouts to just 96 walks in 285 innings pitches. 10 of 14 Gamecock pitchers who have seen action have ERAs at 3.00 or less. The team's ERA ranks third in the SEC while the opposing average is second best in the conference.

For the season, the Gamecocks are hitting .289 (307-for-1064) as a team with a .450 slugging percentage, tops in the SEC. The team also leads the SEC with 30 home runs. Carolina also has a .388 on-base percentage. South Carolina has played stellar defense of late with six straight error-less games as well as no errors in nine of the last 12 games. The team fielding percentage has climbed up to .976 for the season as well as .981 in SEC games.

Scouting Vanderbilt

Through 34 games No. 1 ranked Vanderbilt currently leads the SEC in ERA (2.19) and batting average (.313).

The Commodores finished off a sweep of Alabama with an 11-6 win on Sunday. VU rallied for six runs in the seventh inning using a three-run homer from Curt Casali and two-run blast from Bryan Johns to put the game away. Vanderbilt shutout Alabama 7-0 behind a strong start from Grayson Garvin. The lefty fanned seven over 7.1 innings. The Commodores held off an early Alabama rally and cruised to an 11-3 victory Friday night. Curt Casali drove in three runs and Anthony Gomez had three hits in the win. Vanderbilt improved to 9-0 in weekday games with a 1-0 shutout win over Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday night.

Curt Casali has been named the SEC Player of the Week. Casali hit .429 (6-for-14) with three doubles, a home run, three runs scored and 10 RBI in the Commodores' four games last week. Casali drove in three runs against Middle Tennessee State on April 5th, three more runs in Friday's game against Alabama and four more runs in Sunday's victory over the Crimson Tide.

Anthony Gomez enters the series with a 29-game hitting streak. Gomez started his streak against Stanford on February 25 and has at least one hit in every game since.

Statistical Comparison

South Carolina
Team
Vanderbilt
.289 Average .313
6.4 Runs Per Game 6.6
9.6 Hits Per Game 10.4
64 Doubles 61
9 Triples 7
30 Home Runs 12
188 Runs Batted In 191
145/176 Walks/Strikeouts 135/169
21 Stolen Bases 41
285.0 Innings Pitched 300.0
2.46 Earned Run Average 2.19
2.9 Runs Allowed Per Game 2.7
6.8 Hits Allowed Per Game 6.9
96/262 Walks/Strikeouts 97/320
.976 Fielding Pct. .972
29 Errors 35
35 Double Plays 15

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