Clemson Baseball Preview vs South Carolina
Clemson vs. South Carolina
Clemson (5-5) will play host to #4 South Carolina (13-1) Saturday at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium in the first of four matchups between the two rivals. First
pitch is scheduled for 2:06 PM. The game will be broadcast live on the radio by
the Clemson Tiger Sports Network and can be heard live via the internet at
ClemsonTigers.com. Live stats will also be available on Clemson's website. The
game is designated as a "Solid Orange" event.
The game will be televised live by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. Clemson
will make the return trip to Columbia to play South Carolina at Sarge Frye Field
on Sunday at 1:30 PM. The two will also play another home-and-home set in April.
A limited number of general admission (standing room) tickets will be available
at Doug Kingsmore Stadium prior to the game against South Carolina on Saturday.
General admission tickets will be available at the left-field gate starting at
12:00 PM on Saturday. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for youths. Reserved
seats are sold out. Clemson students and faculty/staff will be admitted free
with proper identification at any gate. Once stadium capacity is reached, gates
will be closed. No one else will be admitted, including Clemson students and
Items prohibited in Doug Kingsmore Stadium include alchohol, artificial
noisemakers, folding chairs, food & drink containers, large bags, pets, and
umbrellas. First pitch is scheduled for 2:06 PM.
Clemson and South Carolina have met 267 times on the diamond, with Clemson
holding a 157-108-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899. South Carolina is
Clemson's most-played rival in history.
Last season, the two split four games. South Carolina won the two early-season
meetings by scores of 5-2 and 8-7, while the Tigers won both midseason matchups
by scores of 9-4 and 13-5.
The Tigers hold an 88-37 lead over South Carolina all-time in games played at
Clemson and 41-20 lead in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Tiger Head Coach Jack Leggett is 22-17 against South Carolina as Clemson's head
coach, including a 10-8 record in games played at Clemson.
The Starting Pitchers
South Carolina will start senior righthander Aaron Rawl (3-1, 2.25 ERA) on the
mound. The Lexington, SC native has started four games and pitched a total of
24.0 innings. He has allowed 23 hits and three walks while striking out 18.
The Tigers will counter with junior righthander Josh Cribb (1-0, 2.76 ERA) on
the mound Saturday. The Lake View, SC native has made three starts for a total
of 16.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 22 hits and two walks while striking out
South Carolina Overview
South Carolina, led by ninth-year Head Coach Ray Tanner and ranked #4 in the
nation, enters Saturday's game with a 13-1 record after defeating Charleston
Southern 1-0 on Wednesday. The Gamecocks are 1-0 in road games.
South Carolina has outscored its opponents 139-36 and is hitting .347 on the
season. Jon Willard is hitting a team-best .476, while Steven Tolleson (.463),
Steve Pearce (.438), Davy Gregg (.431), and Joey Friddle (.429) are all hitting
over .400. Brendan Winn leads the team with seven homers and 20 RBIs, while 11
different Gamecocks have contributed to the team's 23 home runs. The team has
also swiped 20 of 23 bases and is fielding at an outstanding .978 clip.
The Gamecock pitching staff sports a miniscual 2.36 ERA and .220 opponents'
batting average. Brent Marsh has yet to allow a run in 6.0 innings pitched and
has a team-high three saves on the season. The entire staff has allowed just 27
walks while striking out 123 batters, good for a 4.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Clemson enters the series with a 5-5 record after losing to Winthrop on
Wednesday. The team, which is 3-1 at home, is hitting .275 overall and is led by
sophomore Tyler Colvin, who is hitting .414. Taylor Harbin is second at .381, as
he has a team-best eight doubles. Kris Harvey has a team-high 12 RBIs. The team
is fielding at a .975 clip as well, committing just 10 errors through 10 games
The pitching staff has a 4.55 ERA and .300 opponents' batting average. Stephen
Clyne has the team's lone save. Opponents have stolen only 13 bases in 22
attempts against the Tiger defense as well.
Winthrop Shuts Down Tigers 8-2 Wednesday
Kevin Slowey pitched a complete game four-hitter to lead Winthrop to an 8-2 win
over Clemson on March 9 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The righthander allowed just
two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out five. He faced the minimum
three batters in eight of the nine innings. David Kopp suffered the loss in his
first career start. The Eagles scored six runs in the first three innings and
cruised to the win, totaling 12 hits in all. Kris Harvey had a two-run double to
account for the Tigers' only runs.
Fielding at a Record Rate
Clemson has committed just 10 errors in its first 10 games and has a .975
fielding percentage. That mark is ahead of the Tiger single-season record of
.971 set by the 2002 team. That team, which had the likes of Khalil Greene and
Jeff Baker on the left side of the infield, committed 78 errors in 71 games. The
10 errors have been a main reason Tiger pitchers have combined to allow just
four unearned runs in 2005.
The freshman, middle-infield combination of Taylor Harbin (2B) and Stan Widmann
(SS) are a big reason the team is fielding so well. Harbin has yet to commit an
error in 47 chances, while Widmann has committed just four, as three of his four
errors came in one game.