Tigers, Gamecocks Meet Again

Clemson (23-7), ranked as high as #13, will play host to South Carolina (20-12) Wednesday at 7:15 PM in the last of four regular-season games between the two rivals. The game will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Properties and can be heard live via the internet at www.clemsontigers.com.

Clemson vs. South Carolina
Clemson (23-7), ranked as high as #13 (Collegiate Baseball), will play host to South Carolina (20-12) Wednesday at 7:15 PM in the last of four regular-season games between the two rivals. The game will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Properties and can be heard live via the internet at www.clemsontigers.com. Live stats will also be available on Clemson's website. The game will be broadcast live by Comcast/Charter Southeast as well.

The Series
Clemson and South Carolina have met 262 times, with Clemson holding a 154-106-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899. The two have already played three games in 2003, with Clemson winning two games. Clemson won 8-0 on March 1 thanks to Tyler Lumsden's 7.1 shutout innings and April 2 thanks to the arm of Patrick Hogan, while the Gamecocks won 6-4 on March 2 on Aaron Rawl's complete game.

Michael Johnson has homered twice this season against the Gamecocks, giving him nine career homers and 17 RBIs against South Carolina. Johnson is also 4-for-10 with four RBIs in the three games so far this year, while Patrick Hogan has allowed just one run and four hits in 9.1 innings pitched in helping the Tigers to two victories. Outfielders Zane Green and Roberto Valiente also both have eight hits in 21 at bats for a .381 batting average. Reliever Paul Harrelson has two saves against the Gamecocks as well, including one last week at Sarge Frye Field in Clemson's 4-2 victory.

Jack Leggett is 19-15 against South Carolina as the Tiger skipper and 22-23 overall. He is also 8-7 against South Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett, in his 10th season as Clemson's head coach, is 56-28 (.667) against the SEC at Clemson.

The Starting Pitchers
Starting pitchers for both teams have yet to be determined.

South Carolina Overview
South Carolina, who lost two of three games at Louisiana State last weekend, is hitting .299 as a team, led by Brian Buscher's .386 mark. He also has a team-high six homers and 30 RBIs. South Carolina has a 3.54 team ERA and 2.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. South Carolina, who is 2-6 on opponents' home fields, also has a .966 fielding percentage. The Gamecocks have two players that are brothers of either former or current Tigers. Ryan Mahoney is the brother of current Tiger catcher Collin, while Mark Stanley is the brother of former Tiger outfielder Henr' Stanley.

Clemson Overview
Clemson is coming off two wins in three games against Virginia at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The loss Saturday was the first of the season at home, as Clemson is 17-1 in the friendly confines. Clemson has a .317 team batting average, led by Russell Triplett's .385 mark. Brad McCann has a team-high 37 RBIs to go along with 14 doubles and four homers. Clemson's ERA stands at 3.60, while opponents are hitting just .243. The Tigers' fielding percentage is also .972, ahead of the school record of .971 set last season.

Kingsmore Stadium Dedication Wednesday
The dedication of Doug Kingsmore Stadium will take place Wednesday evening, April 9 just prior to the final meeting of the year between Clemson and South Carolina. Clemson has spent the last year significantly renovating the stadium to include a new press box, batting cages, seats, dugouts, an entrance, and eating and restroom facilities, changes that make it among the top stadiums in the nation.

The facility is named after former Clemson baseball player Doug Kingsmore, who starred for the Clemson team from 1951-54. He played an important role in the financing of the renovation project and he will be on hand along with his entire family for the ceremonies on Wednesday evening. His grandson, Tyler, will throw out the first pitch. Joining the Kingsmore family on the field prior to the game will be Clemson President Jim Barker, Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips, and the entire Clemson team.

Kingsmore entered Clemson on a partial baseball scholarship after a brilliant high school career at Union High School in Union, SC. There, he earned 10 varsity letters in three sports, baseball (4), football (3), and basketball (3).

At Clemson, his four-year career batting average was .346. Playing all three outfield positions, his career fielding percentage was a near-perfect .996. Kingsmore was a member of four all-state teams while at Clemson and had a four-year slugging percentage of .646. In his senior year, he led the ACC in home runs (10) in only 77 at bats, thus averaging a homer every 7.7 at bats. His home run record at Clemson stood until expanded schedules in the late 1960s.

He was a co-captain of the 1954 Tigers that won Clemson's first ever ACC Championship in any sport. He also received first-team All-ACC honors and honorable mention All-America recognition. His senior year, he signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles after the 1954 NCAA Playoffs and played professional baseball for three years in the Tri-State, Carolina, and Texas Leagues.

Kingmore gave up pro baseball after three years to begin one of many successful business ventures. He became a member of Clemson's Board of Trustees in 1990.

South Carolina Game Tickets
All reserved seats for the Clemson-South Carolina game Wednesday at 7:15 PM have been sold out. A limited number of $5 general admission tickets will be sold at the gates beginning at 5:15 PM. General admission tickets for all other home games can be purchased for $5 the day of the game at the stadium. Tigers Ranked #3 in Latest RPI
The only rating system the NCAA uses to determine selections and seedings is the RPI, or the Ratings Percentage Index. Although the NCAA does not release its official RPI, Boyd Nation has come up with an RPI index that is all but the same as the official RPI. He uses numbers from previous seasons to verify his formulas.

In the April 7 release, his RPI index has Clemson #3, depsite the Tigers only being ranked as high as #13 in the polls. Clemson can thank a brutal non-conference schedule for its high RPI ranking, which already includes three games at Auburn (#1) and many other games against quality foes. The RPI only counts games against Division I teams and is for games through April 6.

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