Tigers Battle Gamecocks

Clemson (18-18) will host #10 South Carolina (26-10) on Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM.

The game will be televised live by CSS and broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.

The Series
Clemson and South Carolina have met 282 times on the diamond, with Clemson holding a 163-117-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899. South Carolina is Clemson's most-played rival in history.

Earlier this season on March 1,2, the Gamecocks won both games of a home-and-home, weekend series. South Carolina won 10-1 at Sarge Frye Field behind a grand slam and five RBIs by shortstop Reese Havens. The Gamecocks then defeated the Tigers 5-1 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium the following day behind a 14-hit attack. On April 9, South Carolina hit four home runs to defeat the Tigers 7-1 at Sarge Frye Field.

In 2007, South Carolina won the first three meetings before Clemson won the final matchup by a score of 14-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In the 2006 season, the Tigers won three of four meetings, while the two teams split the four-game season series in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

The Tigers hold a 92-40 lead over the Gamecocks in games played at Clemson and 45-23 advantage at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 28-26 against South Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including a 14-11 mark in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett was also 3-8 against the Gamecocks as Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he is 31-34 all-time against South Carolina.

Bradley & Price Awards to Be Given
After Wednesday's game against South Carolina, Clemson's MVP of the four-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 on February 1, 2008.

Alex Lee has been Clemson's top hitter in the season series, as he is 4-for-7 (.571) with a .700 on-base percentage. Wilson Boyd, who won the Bob Bradley Award last year, is 5-for-12 (.417) with a double as well.

South Carolina has been paced by Justin Smoak, who is 7-for-13 (.538) with six runs scored, two doubles, two homers, and three RBIs in three games. Reese Havens is 5-for-11 (.455) with one homer and six RBIs, while James Darnell has added two home runs and six RBIs.

The Gamecocks
South Carolina, led by 12th-year Head Coach Ray Tanner, enters the game with a 26-10 overall record and 9-6 SEC mark after sweeping Auburn on the road over the weekend. The Gamecocks also have a 7-5 road record.

The Gamecocks are averaging 7.4 runs per game and hitting .306 with a .514 slugging percentage and .400 on-base percentage. The team, who has totaled 63 home runs, is 23-0 when it scores five or more runs and 2-10 when it scores less than five runs. The Gamecocks, who have stolen 17 bases in 30 attempts, are also 21-0 when they outhit the opponents, while they are 1-9 when the opponent totals more hits than them.

Reese Havens is hitting .381 with 11 homers, 39 RBIs, and a .508 on-base percentage, while Justin Smoak is hitting .362 with 10 homers, 29 RBIs, and a .497 on-base percentage. James Darnell has added 12 home runs and 48 RBIs, while Phil Disher has totaled 12 homers and 35 RBIs. Therefore, the quartet has accumulated 45 home runs and 151 RBIs in 35 games in 2008.

The pitching staff has a 3.88 ERA and .251 opponents' batting average along with 289 strikeouts against 124 walks in 318.0 innings pitched. Senior righthander Brandon Todd has four saves and 19 strikeouts in 14.1 innings pitched over 11 relief appearances. South Carolina is fielding at a .977 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters tonight's game with an 18-18 overall record and 6-12 ACC mark after being swept by #4 North Carolina at home over the weekend. Clemson also lost 6-2 to Western Carolina Tuesday night to push its losing streak to 10 games. The Tigers now have a 14-9 home record.

As a team, Clemson is hitting .281 with a .370 on-base percentage. Ben Paulsen is hitting a team-best .333 with 10 doubles, 10 homers, and 28 RBIs, while Miek Freeman is hitting .330. Doug Hogan has added 12 doubles, nine homers, and 37 RBIs as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.70 ERA and .272 opponents' batting average. Justin Sarratt has a 3.12 ERA and has allowed just two walks in 26.0 innings pitched in 14 relief appearances. Matt Vaughn also has eight saves. Clemson is fielding at a .963 clip as well.

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