to No. 17 South Carolina For Three-Game SEC Series
concludes the month of March at No. 17 South Carolina
this weekend in a three-game Southeastern Conference
series. The Commodores (13-10, 2-4 SEC) sit in third
place in the Eastern Division standings, one game ahead
of the fourth-place Gamecocks (16-9, 1-5 SEC). Game
times are 7 p.m. ET on Friday, 4 p.m., on Saturday and
1:30 p.m., on Sunday.
Vanderbilt has managed to win one of three games against
each of its first two league opponents at then-No. 10
Mississippi State and at home against Ole Miss. South
Carolina has lost five consecutive league games after
winning the first game in the Arkansas series two weeks
ago. Last weekend the Gamecocks were swept at Tennessee.
Overall, Vanderbilt enters the weekend having won four
of its last eight while South Carolina has dropped six
of its last seven.
Friday’s game pits two of the SEC’s top
strikeout pitchers against one another in Vanderbilt’s
Jeremy Sowers (0-3, 2.98 ERA) and South Carolina’s
Steven Bondurant (2-1, 4.50 ERA). Sowers leads the league
with 51 strikeouts while Bondurant ranks third with
Saturday will see a pair of right-handers face off
in Vanderbilt junior Robert Ransom (2-0, 3.05 ERA) and
USC freshman Conor Lalor (4-0, 1.33 ERA). The series
finale on Sunday has Vanderbilt freshman left-hander
Ryan Mullins (1-3, 2.78 ERA) facing USC junior southpaw
David Marchbanks (4-2, 2.42 ERA).
South Carolina holds a significant advantage in the
series, winning 29 of the 35 games since the series
began in 1992. The Gamecocks have won 17 games in a
row against the Commodores and have never lost a series
The series also marks the return of Vanderbilt head
coach Tim Corbin to the state of South Carolina. Corbin
served nine seasons as an assistant on Jack Leggett’s
staff at Clemson before taking the vacant Commodore
head coaching position last June.