Clemson Baseball Preview at South Carolina
Clemson vs. South Carolina
Clemson (5-6) will travel to Columbia to face #4 South Carolina (14-1) Sunday at
Sarge Frye Field in the second of four matchups between the two rivals. First
pitch is scheduled for 1:36 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 will be televised live by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. The two
will also play another home-and-home set in April.
The Starting Pitchers
South Carolina will start senior righthander Zac McCamie (4-0, 2.05 ERA) on the
mound. The Orlando, FL native has started four games and pitched a total of 22.0
innings. He has allowed 17 hits and four walks while striking out 23.
The Tigers will counter with junior righthander Kris Harvey (2-1, 5.17 ERA) on
the mound Sunday. The Catawba, NC native has made three starts for a total of
15.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 22 hits and three walks while striking out
Clemson and South Carolina have met 268 times on the diamond, with Clemson
holding a 157-109-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899. South Carolina is
Clemson's most-played rival in history.
On March 12, South Carolina defeated the Tigers 6-3 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
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 Gamecocks hold a 68-63-2 lead over Clemson all-time in games played in
Columbia. Tiger Head Coach Jack Leggett is 22-18 against South Carolina as
Clemson's head coach, including a 12-7 record in games played in Columbia.
South Carolina Overview
South Carolina, led by ninth-year Head Coach Ray Tanner and ranked #4 in the
nation, enters Sunday's game with a 14-1 record after defeating the Tigers 6-3
on Saturday. The Gamecocks are 11-0 at home this year.
South Carolina has outscored its opponents 145-39 and is hitting .346 on the
season. Jon Willard is hitting a team-best .489, while Steven Tolleson (.448),
Joey Friddle (.429), Davy Gregg (.400), and Chris Brown (.400) are all hitting
at least .400. Brendan Winn leads the team with eight homers and 23 RBIs, while
12 different Gamecocks have contributed to the team's 25 home runs. The team has
also swiped 21 of 24 bases and is fielding at an outstanding .979 clip.
The Gamecock pitching staff sports a miniscual 2.40 ERA and .223 opponents'
batting average. Brent Marsh has yet to allow a run in 6.0 innings pitched and
has a team-high three saves. The entire staff has allowed just 30 walks while
striking out 127 batters, good for a 4.23 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Clemson enters Sunday's game with a 5-6 record after losing to #4 South Carolina
on Saturday. The team, which is 1-3 on the road, is hitting .274 overall and is
led by freshman Taylor Harbin, who is hitting .383. He also has nine doubles and
a triple in 11 games. Kris Harvey has a team-high 13 RBIs. The team is fielding
at a .977 clip as well, committing just 10 errors through 11 games in 2005.
The pitching staff has a 4.69 ERA and .303 opponents' batting average. Stephen
Clyne has the team's lone save. Opponents have stolen 14 bases in 23 attempts
against the Tiger defense as well.
Gamecocks Outlast Tigers 6-3 on Saturday
Brendan Winn's two-run homer in the sixth inning led #4 South Carolina to a 6-3
win over Clemson in front of 5,617 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 12.
The Gamecocks added two more runs in the seventh inning before Travis Storrer
homered to cut the lead to 6-3. Starter Aaron Rawl earned the win for South
Carolina, while Jason Fletcher earned the save. Tiger starter Josh Cribb
suffered his first loss of the season. Taylor Harbin, Kris Harvey, and Stan
Widmann each had two hits to contribute for six of the team's nine hits. Winn
was one of five Gamecocks with two hits, as he added a game-high three RBIs as