Tigers, Gamecocks resume rivalry

The Tigers will play a makeup game against No. 4 South Carolina (8-1) at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC tonight at 7:00 PM.

The game was scheduled for March 5, but was rained out. The two teams have split the first two games of the 2011 regular-season series.

The game will be televised live and available on WMYA (My40) in the Upstate and WMMP (myTV) in Charleston. The game will also be available live via webcast at ESPN3.com.

The Series
Clemson and South Carolina have met 294 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 168-124-2 lead in the series dating to the 1899 season. South Carolina is Clemson's most-played rival in history.

So far in 2011, the two teams have both won on their home field. On Friday, South Carolina won game-one 6-3 at Carolina Stadium behind three two-run homers. Then on Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers rallied for a 10-5 win thanks to six runs in the eighth inning.

In 2010, the Tigers won two of the three games during the regular season, including a 4-3 victory at Clemson on March 5 and a 19-6 win in Columbia on March 7. On March 6 at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC, South Carolina rallied late to defeat the Tigers 7-5. The rivalry moved to the three-game format (with games at each team's home stadium and a neutral-site game) for the first time in 2010. Then in the 2010 College World Series, the Gamecocks defeated Clemson twice in two games to advance to the Championship Series.

The series is tied 6-6 in neutral-site contests. Jack Leggett is 33-33 against South Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including 0-5 in neutral-site contests. Leggett was also 3-8 against the Gamecocks as Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he is 36-41 all-time against South Carolina.

The Starting Pitchers
South Carolina will start sophomore lefthander Adam Westmoreland (0-0, 3.60 ERA) on the mound. The Cayce, SC native has made two starts for a total of 10.0 innings pitched. He has allowed seven hits (.194 opponents' batting average) and three walks with nine strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with junior righthander David Haselden (1-0, 1.64 ERA) on Tuesday. The Spartanburg, SC native has made three relief appearances and one start for a total of 11.0 innings pitched. He has yielded eight hits (.216 opponents' batting average) and two walks with five strikeouts.

The Gamecocks
South Carolina, led by 15th-year Head Coach Ray Tanner and ranked as high as #4 in the nation, enters Tuesday's game against #4 Clemson with an 8-1 overall record after splitting two games with the Tigers over the weekend. The Gamecocks, who have yet to play a neutral-site contest in 2011, have won 14 of their last 15 games dating back to the 2010 season.

South Carolina is averaging 7.6 runs per game and hitting .308 with a .521 slugging percentage and .400 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 20 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs, and six stolen bases.

Christian Walker is hitting a team-high .545 with four doubles, four homers, and 15 RBIs. He is the only Gamecock to hit safely in all nine games and has eight multi-hit games. He is also riding a 14-game hitting streak. Jackie Bradley, Jr. is hitting .343 with four doubles, one triple, three homers, and nine RBIs. Senior Scott Wingo, son of former Tiger baseball and football player Billy Wingo, has a .276 batting average along with two homers and four RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 2.59 ERA and .228 opponents' batting average along with 84 strikeouts against 28 walks in 80.0 innings pitched. Sophomore righthander Matt Price has all three of the team's saves. The Gamecocks are fielding at a .970 clip and have allowed just one stolen base as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as #4 in the nation, enters Tuesday's game against #4 South Carolina with a 7-2 overall record after splitting the first two games of the three-game series against #4 South Carolina over the weekend. The Tigers are 1-0 in neutral-site contests this season.

The Tigers are averaging 9.4 runs per game and hitting .350 with a .472 slugging percentage and .471 on-base percentage thanks to 66 walks against only 41 strikeouts and 12 hit-by-pitches. Clemson has also totaled 16 doubles, three triples, five homers, and 20 stolen bases.

Spencer Kieboom is hitting a team-high .538 with a .605 on-base percentage and 11 RBIs, while Phil Pohl is hitting .478 with four doubles and a homer. Kieboom and Pohl are #1 and #2, respectively, in the ACC in batting average entering this week's action. Jason Stolz is batting .423 with four steals, while Chris Epps has a team-high five steals.

The pitching staff has a 2.92 ERA and .205 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed 19 walks against 66 strikeouts. David Haselden has the team's lone save, while Joseph Moorefield has pitched 6.0 innings over five relief appearances without allowing an earned run this season. The Tigers are fielding at a .972 clip as well.

Kevin Brady has a 2-0 record, 1.10 ERA, and .155 opponents' batting average in 16.1 innings pitched over three starts. He also has 23 strikeouts against only one walk, but he left Sunday's game against South Carolina prior to the fifth inning with a forearm muscle strain. He will be out of action for at least two weeks and will be re-evaluated at that time.

Bradley & Price Awards to Be Presented Tuesday
After Tuesday's game at Fluor Field, Clemson's MVP of the three-game series will be given the Bob Bradley Award in a ceremony at home plate. Also, South Carolina's MVP will be given the Tom Price Award. Both Bradley and Price served as Baseball SIDs at their respective schools for decades. Bradley passed away in 2000, while Price passed away in 2008. The awards have been presented every year since 2001. An outfielder has won the Bob Bradley Award every year since 2007. Chris Epps won the Bob Bradley Award in 2010.

Tigers 8-1 All-Time at Fluor Field
Fluor Field, the home of the Boston Red Sox A affiliate Greenville Drive since 2006, is modeled after Fenway Park, with identical field dimensions and a "Green Monster." The Tigers have played nine games at the ballpark since 2007 and are 8-1.

In 2007, Clemson downed Wofford 6-3 in its first-ever game at Fluor Field. In 2008, the Tigers defeated Presbyterian College 12-7 and Furman 11-5. In 2009, Clemson topped Michigan State 15-2 and Furman 8-5. In 2010, Clemson beat the Spartans 10-2, fell to #15 South Carolina 7-5, and defeated Furman 12-1 at Fluor Field.

Earlier this season at Fluor Field, Clemson blanked Michigan State 8-0. Therefore, the Tigers have outscored the opposition 87-32 in their nine games at Fluor Field.

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