Tigers, Gamecocks set for three

CLEMSON – The score with rival South Carolina will be settled over three games in three cities during one weekend, starting Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

No. 9 Clemson (7-0) opens against No. 15 South Carolina (5-2) before leaving home on Saturday for the first time this season. The two teams will play at Fluor Field in Greenville with Sunday's finale in Columbia. First-pitch Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday both scheduled at 2.

"I think it gives us a chance for us to put our best pitchers out on one mound for weekend. I'm excited about it," Leggett said.

He and South Carolina coach Ray Tanner came to a mutual agreement and decided to play the series in one weekend, instead of mid-week games over the course of the season.

"It gets kind of hectic once both SEC and ACC schedules, they're very tough once we get started," Leggett said. "We're either travelling on Thursday, going someplace. If you're playing a Wednesday night game, one of could be travelling to Arkansas or Maryland—something the next day that makes it difficult."

The rivals have met 287 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 165-120-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899. The four-games series in 2009 was split.

On Friday, Clemson junior lefty Casey Harman (2-0, 0.84 ERA) gets the start against senior righty Blake Cooper (2-0, 3.00 ERA).

Sophomore lefty Will Lamb (1-0, 1.42 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Tigers on Saturday against Sam Dyson (1-0, 2.35 ERA).

Sophomore righty Scott Weismann (1-0, 2.89 ERA) gets the call against freshman lefthander Tyler Webb (0-0, 0.00 ERA) in Columbia.

Clemson averages 8.4 runs per game, hits .304 with a .488 slugging percentage and .399 on-base percentage. The Tigers have 26 extra-base hits and are 13-for-19 in stolen base attempts.

Kyle Parker leads the Tigers in batting average (.464), home runs (4) and second in RBIs with 10. Parker also leads in hits, slugging (.893) and on-base percentage (.531) and is tied for first with nine runs scored. Brad Miller is batting .423 with five doubles, Jeff Schaus is hitting .407 with a team-high 11 RBIs and one homerun.

The team ERA is 2.67 ERA and opponents are batting .213.

"There's a lot of respect between both teams," Parker said. "They're a real good team and have played some good competition. I think it's going to be three, hard-fought games. I think we know what to expect when we get into it with them."

South Carolina averages 7.7 runs per game while hitting .309, slugging.486 with a .392 on-base percentage. The Gamecocks have 27 extra-base hits and three stolen bases.

Scott Wingo, son of former Tiger baseball and foot¬ball player Billy Wingo, has a team-high .462 batting average with seven runs and six hit-by-pitches. Kyle Enders is batting .450, while Florida State transfer Brady Thomas sits right on .400. Jeffery Jones leads the team in home runs (3) and RBIs (11).

The South Carolina pitching staff sports a 2.63 ERA with opposing hitters are batting .217.

"We'll give this a shot, see how it works. We've tried the four Wednesday thing since I've been here. We've tried Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday later on," Leggett said. "I think this is kind of exciting because everybody will be in the flow and the beginning of the season, then we can go take care of business the rest of the season."

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