Clemson - South Carolina Pregame Notes


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Clemson vs. South Carolina

        Clemson
(20-6), ranked as high as #15, will travel to Columbia to take on #20
South Carolina (19-9) Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Sarge Frye Field in the
third of four meetings between the two rivals.  The game will be
broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Properties, Jim
Phillips, and Bob Mahony, and can be heard live via the internet at
www.clemsontigers.com.  Live stats will also be available on
Clemson's website.  Wednesday's game will be broadcast live
by Comcast/Charter Southeast as well.  The two will again appear
on Comcast/Charter Southeast in the final regular-season meeting next
Wednesday at Clemson.

The Series


        Clemson
and South Carolina have met 261 times, with Clemson holding a
153-106-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899.  The two have
already played two games in 2003, with the home team winning each
game.  Clemson won 8-0 on March 1 thanks to Tyler Lumsden's 7.1
shutout innings, while the Gamecocks won 6-4 on March 2 on Aaron
Rawl's complete game, exactly one month ago to the day of the team's
third meeting.  Michael Johnson homered in Columbia earlier this
season, giving him eight career homers against South Carolina. 
Tiger pitchers have held Gamecock hitters hitless in 13 at bats with
runners in scoring position and a .193 overall batting average in the
two games in 2003.

        Clemson
Head Coach Jack Leggett is 18-15 against South Carolina as the Tiger
skipper and 21-23 overall.  He is also 10-6 against the Gamecocks
at Sarge Frye Field as the Tiger skipper, as opposed to just 8-7 at
home at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Leggett, in his 10th season as
Clemson's head coach, is 55-28 (.663) against SEC teams while at
Clemson.  He also has 114 victories over top-25 teams in his
tenure in Tigertown.


The Starting Pitchers

        The
Gamecocks will start sophomore lefthander Matt Campbell (1-1, 5.52
ERA) on the mound.  Campbell started on the mound in the first
game between the two rivals on March 1 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 
He suffered the loss by allowing  five hits, five earned runs,
and four walks in 3.2 innings pitched.  In 2003, he has struck
out nearly 12 batters per nine innings pitched.  Clemson's
starter has yet to be determined.

South Carolina Overview

        South
Carolina, who is coming off a sweep of a Tim Corbin-led Vanderbilt
team in Columbia over the weekend, is hitting .305, led by Brian
Buscher's .409 mark.  He also has a team-high six homers and 28
RBIs.  South Carolina has a 3.26 team ERA and 2.9
strikeout-to-walk ratio.  South Carolina, who is 16-4 at home,
also has a .968 fielding percentage.  The Gamecocks have two
players that are brothers of either current or former Tigers. 
Ryan Mahoney is the brother of current Tiger catcher Collin, while
Mark Stanley is the brother of former Tiger outfielder Henrí
Stanley.

Clemson Overview

        Clemson
enters the game at #20 South Carolina with a .312 batting average and
.971 fielding percentage.  Russell Triplett is 17-for-28 (.607)
in his last seven games and leads the team with a .394 batting
average.  Brad McCann has a team-high 31 RBIs, while Michael
Johnson has a .491 on-base percentage thanks to 30 walks. 
Clemson is 3-6 in away games this year.  The Tigers sport a 3.77
team ERA, including Paul Harrelson's 2.00 mark and team-high four
saves.

Jackson Effective Again in Win Over Cats


        Clemson
got another good outing from Steven Jackson in a 5-3 win against
Western Carolina April 1 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Clemson
scored three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead, led by Brad
McCann's two-out, two-run single.  Meanwhile, Jackson allowed
just two earned runs on seven hits to earn his third win.  Paul
Harrelson also earned his fourth save of the year by retiring the
final two batters.  The Tigers scored four of their five runs
with two outs and had 10 hits, all singles.

Tigers Ranked #5 in Latest RPI

        The
only rating system the NCAA uses to determine selections and seedings
is the RPI, or the Ratings Percentage Index.  Although the NCAA
does not release its official RPI, Boyd Nation has come up with an RPI
index that is all but the same as the official RPI.  He uses
numbers from previous seasons to verify his formulas.

        In the
March 31 release, his RPI index has Clemson #5, depsite the Tigers
only being ranked as high as #15 in the polls.  Clemson can thank
a brutal non-conference schedule for its high RPI ranking, which
already includes three games at Auburn (#1) and many other games
against quality foes.


Middle Infielders Not Just Defensive


        Clemson
everyday shortstop Russell Triplett along with co-second basemen David
Slevin and Herman Demmink have been solid in the field, but have been
a big part of the offensive attack in the last four games.  In
those four games, the three have combined to go 21-for-37 (.568). 
Slevin, who has committed just one error this season, is 7-for-10
during that four-game stretch and has raised his average over 100
points to .271.  Triplett leads the team with a .394 batting
average, while Demmink is 5-for-11 (.455) in the last four games to
raise his average to .340.

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