Clemson Baseball Preview vs. South Carolina


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Clemson vs. South Carolina

        Clemson
(7-1), ranked as high as #2 in the nation, will play host to #4 South
Carolina (8-1) on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the first of
four scheduled matchups between the two rivals during the regular
season.  First pitch for Saturday's game between the top-five
teams is scheduled for 2:00 PM.  The game will be shown live via
webcast at ACCSelect.com.  The game will be broadcast live on the
radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.  Live stats will be
available on Clemson's athletic website at ClemsonTigers.com.

  The two teams will also play at Sarge Frye Field
in Columbia on Sunday at 1:30 PM and then play two more contests in
April, including on April 11 at 7:15 PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and
on April 18 at 7:00 PM at Sarge Frye Field.


The Series

        Clemson
and South Carolina have met 275 times on the diamond, with Clemson
holding a 162-111-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899. 
South Carolina is Clemson's most-played rival in history.

       Last season,
Clemson won three of four meetings with the Gamecocks, including each
of the last three games.  South Carolina won the first game by a
score of 6-2 in Columbia, then Clemson won 6-4 the following day in
Tigertown.  Then in April, Clemson won by scores of 3-2 (at
Columbia) and 10-5 (at Clemson).

    The two teams split the four-game
season series in both 2004 and 2005.  The Tigers hold a 91-38
lead over South Carolina all-time in games played at Clemson and 44-21
lead in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

        Tiger
Head Coach Jack Leggett is 27-20 against South Carolina as Clemson's
head coach, including a 13-9 record in games played at Clemson. 
The Tigers are 13-12 against a top-10 Gamecock club under Leggett as
well.



The Starting Pitchers

        South
Carolina will start junior righthander Harris Honeycutt (3-0, 1.56
ERA) on the mound.  The Fuquay-Varina, NC native has made three
starts for a total of 17.1 innings pitched.  He has yielded 10
hits (.169 opponents' batting average) and five walks with 19
strikeouts.  He has also not allowed a home run.

  The Tigers will counter with junior righthander
David Kopp (1-0, 0.00 ERA) on Saturday.  The Margate, FL native
has made two starts for a total of 10.0 innings pitched.  He has
yielded 11 hits (.275 opponents' batting average) and three walks
with 11 strikeouts.  Kopp has made four career appearances,
including two starts, against the Gamecocks in his career.  He
has a 1-0 record and 3.86 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched against South
Carolina.


The Gamecocks

        South
Carolina, led by 11th-year Head Coach Ray Tanner, enters Saturday's
game with an 8-1 overall record after sweeping Eastern Michigan in
three games last weekend.  The Gamecocks will have had six days
off when they take the field on Saturday.  The Gamecocks are
ranked as high as #4 in the country and have a 1-1 road record.

       South Carolina has
outscored its opponents by a combined score of 78-27 this season. 
Offensively, the team is hitting .314 with a .438 on-base percentage,
16 home runs, and 59 walks against only 51 strikeouts.  The team
has swiped seven bases in 10 attempts and has nine sacrifice bunts as
well.

        Phil Disher
is hitting a team-best .424 with four doubles, three homers, and 13
RBIs.  Freshman Lonnie Chisenhall is hitting .405 with seven
extra-base hits, seven multi-hit games, and 10 RBIs, while Cheyne
Hurst is batting .389.  James Darnell is hitting .308, but has a
.513 on-base percentage thanks to 11 walks.

     The pitching staff has a 2.41
ERA and .216 opponents' batting average.  The team has allowed
just three home runs and 20 walks with 88 strikeouts, good for a 4.4
strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Junior righty Curtis Johnson has the
team's lone save.

      The Gamecocks have one
of the nation's best defenses, as they have committed just five
errors in nine games, good for a .985 fielding percentage.


The Tigers

        Clemson
enters the game against #4 South Carolina with a 7-1 overall record
after rallying to defeat Winthrop 6-4 on Wednesday.  The Tigers
have won 23 of their last 24 home games dating back to last season. 
Clemson has also won six games in a row overall, all of which have
seen the Tigers been down by at least two runs in each contest.

        The
team is hitting .303 with a .388 on-base percentage.  Brad Chalk
leads the way with a .433 batting average and .541 on-base percentage,
and has reached base via a hit or walk in 35 straight games. 
Doug Hogan is hitting .433 with four homers, two triples, and seven
RBIs, while Taylor Harbin is hitting .313 with a homer and eight
RBIs.

        The
pitching staff has a 2.54 ERA and .245 opponents' batting average. 
It has combined to strike out 74 against only 21 walks.  Veteran
relievers Stephen Clyne and Daniel Moskos have combined to allow no
runs in 17.1 innings pitched this season.  The Tigers are
fielding at a .962 clip as well.



Six Wins in a Row, All in Comeback Fashion

        Clemson
has won six games in a row after starting the season 1-1.  And in
all six of those games, the Tigers have trailed by at least two runs
in each contest, meaning Clemson won all six games in come-from-behind
fashion.

        Clemson
has scored first in just four of its eight games this season, going
3-1 in those four games. And its opponents have scored first in the
other four games, as Clemson holds a 4-0 record in those four games. 
The Tigers are also 3-0 in one-run games and 1-0 in two-run games this
season.


Widmann Out Indefinitely Due to Neck Injury

       
Starting shortstop Stan Widmann (Hurst, TX) is out
indefinitely due to a neck injury.  The junior was hitting .409
in the Tigers' first six games of the season.  He has one home
run and six RBIs along with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 25
chances in the field.

        The
2007 season has marked his third straight year as Clemson's starting
shortstop.  He hit .307 in 67 games as a sophomore on Clemson's
2006 ACC Championship and College World Series team.  He was also
the Tigers' leading hitter for the eight NCAA Tournament games last
year with a .387 batting average.



Moskos Moving Up Save Chart

        Junior
lefthander Daniel Moskos (Alta Loma, CA) entered the 2007 season as
one of the most prolific closers in the country after serving in the
same role for Team USA during last summer when the club captured the
gold medal at the world championships in Cuba.  In 21.0 innings
pitched, he had an 0.86 ERA and six saves, as he allowed just eight
hits and four walks with 35 strikeouts.

        He has done
nothing to disappoint for the Tigers in 2007.  In four relief
appearances, he has a 2-0 record, one save, 0.00 ERA, and a .150
opponents' batting average.  The hard-thrower has allowed just
three hits (all singles), no runs, and two walks with seven
strikeouts.

        Moskos
had 10 saves in 2006, which alone placed him 10th all-time in Clemson
history in that category.  With his one save this season, he has
11 in his career, still 10th-best in school history.


Tigers Homer Past Winthrop 6-4

        Taylor
Harbin's two-run homer in the seventh inning proved to be the
difference in #2 Clemson's 6-4 victory over Winthrop at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium on February 28.  The Eagles scored four runs in
the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead.  But Andy D'Alessio hit a
towering two-run homer in the sixth inning to cut Winthrop's lead to
one run.  After tying the score on an Eagle error in the seventh,
Harbin's long home run later in the frame put the Tigers on top for
good.  Winthrop outhit the Tigers 10-8, but five of Clemson's
hits went for extra bases.  Stephen Clyne pitched 3.0 scoreless
innings in relief of one-hit ball to earn the win, while Daniel Moskos
pitched a perfect ninth inning to record the save.

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