Tigers, Gamecocks set to battle

Clemson (4-0), ranked as high as No. 19 in the nation, will host South Carolina (3-0) on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the first of four scheduled meetings.

First pitch for Saturday's game is scheduled for 2:00 PM. The game will be shown live via webcast at ACCSelect.com. Live audio will be available on the web at WCCPFM.com, while the game will be aired in its entirety on WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson following the broadcast of the Clemson vs. Florida State men's basketball game, which is also slated to start at 2:00 PM.

On Sunday, Clemson and South Carolina will play again at the Gamecock's new stadium (Carolina Stadium) at 1:30 PM. The two teams will also play two more times in April, including on April 8 at Clemson and April 22 at South Carolina.

The Series
Clemson and South Carolina have met 283 times on the diamond, with Clemson holding a 163-118-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899. South Carolina is Clemson's most-played rival in history.

In 2008, South Carolina won all four matchups. 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 92-41 lead over the Gamecocks in games played at Clemson and 45-24 advantage at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 28-27 against South Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including a 14-12 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 31-35 all-time against South Carolina.

Saturday's contest will mark the first time since 2003 that Clemson faces an unranked South Carolina squad. Each of the last 20 games in the series has featured a Gamecock team that has been ranked in the top 25 of at least one of the three major polls.

The Starting Pitchers
South Carolina will start sophomore righty Sam Dyson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) on the mound. The Tampa, FL native has made one start for a total of 5.0 innings pitched. He has allowed one hit (.063 opponents' batting average) and two walks with six strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with senior righthander Trey Delk (1-0, 1.69 ERA) on Saturday. The Elgin, SC native has made one start for a total of 5.1 innings pitched. He has allowed four hits (.211 opponents' batting average) and one walk with five strikeouts.

The Gamecocks
South Carolina, led by 13th-year Head Coach Ray Tanner, enters Saturday's game with a 3-0 record after sweeping Duquesne at home over the weekend by a combined score of 27-4.

The Gamecocks are averaging 9.0 runs per game and hitting .313 with a .490 slugging percentage and .439 on-base perentage. The team has totaled five doubles, four homers, and 21 walks against only 17 strikeouts.

DeAngelo Mack is hitting .375 with two homers, six RBIs, five runs, and six walks in just eight at-bats. Whit Merrifield has two of the team's three stolen bases, while Parker Bangs has two of the squad's three sacrifice bunts.

The pitching staff has a 1.33 ERA and .119 opponents' batting average with 31 strikeouts against 15 walks in 27.0 innings pitched. The staff has also given up just 10 hits (eight singles, two doubles) and has not thrown a wild pitch. Senior lefthander Alex Farotto has the team's lone save. South Carolina is fielding at a .991 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as #19 in the nation, enters Saturday's game with a 4-0 record after defeating Wofford 8-2 on Wednesday. All four of Clemson's games have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Tigers are hitting .278 with a .405 slugging percentage and .388 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 15 stolen bases, including seven by Addison Johnson. Ben Paulsen, who is 6-for-8 in the last two games, is hitting .500 with one homer and four RBIs. Brad Miller, Jeff Schaus, and Kyle Parker all have four RBIs apiece as well.

The pitching staff has a 2.43 ERA and .234 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed just six walks against 42 strikeouts, good for a 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Ryan Hinson has made a team-high three relief appearances and has allowed just one hit, no runs, and no walks with four strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched. The team is fielding at a .979 clip as well.

Finding the Zone
The Tiger pitching staff has an outstanding 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season, as it has 42 strikeouts against only six walks. No Tiger has walked more than one batter. Freshman lefthander Chris Dwyer and sophomore righthander Graham Stoneburner have both struck out nine batters against only one walk.

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