Red-Hot Clemson Faces #18 South Carolina in Annual Rivalry Series
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers and Gamecocks renew their annual rivalry at three different sites this weekend. Clemson is the designated home team on Saturday.
• Who - Clemson (6-1) vs. South Carolina (9-0)
• Rankings - CU - NR; USC - No. 18 CB, No. 23 USA
• When - Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (2:30 p.m.), Sunday (2 p.m.)
• Where - Columbia, S.C., (Founders Park) Friday; Greenville, S.C., (Fluor Field) Saturday; Clemson, S.C., (Doug Kingsmore Stadium) Sunday
• Watch - SEC Network+ (Friday), TigerCast (Saturday), ESPN3 (Sunday)
• TV Announcers - Trey Dyson & Derek Scott (Friday); Marty Clary & Pete Yanity (Sunday)
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)
• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
REEDY RIVER RIVALRY TAILGATE PARTY
• The Reedy River Rivalry Tailgate Party, which opens Saturday at 11 a.m., is on Field Street at Fluor Field.
• Music, food, drinks, family-friendly activities and all things Clemson will be at the tailgate party until 2 p.m.
• The Clemson station features a drawing for a premium gift, schedule cards, posters, IPTAY information, interactive games and giveaways.
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 172-135-2 (1899-2015)
• Record at South Carolina - South Carolina leads 81-67-2 (1900-2015)
• Record at Neutral - South Carolina leads 10-8 (1899-2015)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 97-44 (1907-2015)
• South Carolina is Clemson’s most-common opponent in history, as the two have faced off 309 times dating to 1899.
• The two have met at least one time every year since 1945, with the exception of 1984.
• South Carolina leads the series 7-3 at Founders Park (opened in 2009).
• South Carolina leads the series 4-1 at Fluor Field (opened 2006). The first game there between the two teams was 2010.
• Clemson leads the series 50-27 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium (opened in 1970).
• Friday - LHP Charlie Barnes (CU) vs. RHP Clarke Schmidt (USC)
• Saturday - RHP Braden Webb (USC) vs. RHP Clate Schmidt (CU)
• Sunday - RHP Taylor Widener (USC) vs. TBA (CU)
• Clemson, who has won six games in a row by a combined score of 62-10, blanked Wofford 7-0 on Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
• The Tigers are averaging 9.3 runs per game and hitting .324 with a .428 on-base percentage and nine steals.
• The pitching staff has a 1.86 ERA, .206 opponents’ batting average and 2.96 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .977.
SOUTH CAROLINA OVERVIEW
• South Carolina is led by fourth-year head coach Chad Holbrook.
• The Gamecocks defeated The Citadel 6-3 on the road on Tuesday. They are hitting .341 and have a 1.67 ERA and .975 fielding percentage.
• John Jones is hitting a team-high .581 with three homers, 19 RBIs, 12 runs and a .690 on-base percentage.
• This week marks the first of seven straight weeks when Clemson plays at least two games away from home.
• Seven Tigers have started a game in the outfield. Chase Pinder (CF) is the only Tiger to start all seven games in the same outfield spot.
• Reed Rohlman and Weston Wilson have hit safely in all seven games, while Chris Okey, Rohlman and Wilson have reached base in all seven.
TIGERS AT FLUOR FIELD
• Clemson has a 17-6 all-time record at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
• The Tigers have outscored the opposition 189-96 at Fluor Field, an average score of 8.2-4.2.
• The only teams to defeat Clemson at Fluor Field are South Carolina (2010,11,14,15), Presbyterian College (2011) and Michigan State (2015).
BOB BRADLEY AWARD PRESENTED SUNDAY
• Clemson’s MVP of the South Carolina series is presented the Bob Bradley Award. The Gamecocks’ MVP receives the Tom Price Award.
• The two late athletic communications directors served as baseball contacts for their schools for decades.
• Clemson’s bullpen has gotten off to a strong start, as it has only allowed two runs (0.64 ERA) in 28.0 innings pitched in seven games.
• One of the two runs allowed came in the season opener versus Maine when a routine two-out flyball was lost in the evening sky (ruled a hit).
• The bullpen (nine Tigers) has also given up just 13 hits (.135 opponents’ batting average) and nine walks with 37 strikeouts.
• Pat Krall has pitched 5.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball with 10 strikeouts in two relief appearances.
• Brooks Crawford (3.2 innings pitched) and Alex Bostic (3.0 innings pitched) have not allowed a hit or run.
• Alex Eubanks, who gave up the run against Maine, has allowed just four hits, one run and one walk with 12 strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched.
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