WHO: Valparaiso (3-9) at No. 19 USC (6-4)
WHEN: Today and Wednesday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Carolina Stadium
SERIES: First meeting
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PITCHING MATCHUPS: Today, USC LHP Nolan Belcher, Soph., 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Valparaiso RHP Bryce Shafer, Jr., 1-0, 2.95; Wednesday, USC LHP Jimmy Revan, Soph., 0-0, 3.38 vs. Valparaiso RHP Will Robinson, Jr., 0-3, 11.25
NOTES: This is the start of a five-game homestand for USC, which will conclude with three games this weekend against Brown. ... Valparaiso coach Tracy Woodson, a former major league third baseman, was an All-American at N.C. State in 1984, when USC coach Ray Tanner was a Wolfpack assistant. ... OF Jackie Bradley is off to a strong start since returning from a broken right hand, hitting .529 (9-for-17) with one HR and four RBIs. ... Whit Merrifield can extend his hitting streak to 25 games dating to last season. Greg Keatley holds the single-season mark of 25 games. ... Valparaiso is coming off six games in Winter Haven, Fla., four of them losses, including one to Duquesne, the team the Gamecocks swept to open the season.
- Neil White