Clemson Baseball Preview vs. South Carolina


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Unbeaten
Tigers Face South Carolina Friday


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With its 6-4 win over #6
Oklahoma on Wednesday, #8 Clemson (45-23) stayed unbeaten in the
College World
Series and will face #5 South Carolina (50-16) on Friday at 9:00 PM EDT
on
ESPN2.  Sean McDonough, Robin Ventura, and Erin Andrews will call
the game
on ESPN2.


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The Tigers, who are 2-0 in
the College World Series, need to beat the Gamecocks once to advance to
the
Championship Series.  If South Carolina tops the Tigers on Friday,
the two
teams will play a decisive game on Saturday at 7:00 PM EDT on ESPN to
determine
the winner of the bracket.  Clemson will be the designated home
team and
occupy the third-base dugout on Friday.


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Friday's game will be
broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.  Live
stats
will also be available at ClemsonTigers.com.


Clemson
vs. South Carolina Series History


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Clemson and South Carolina
have met 290 times on the diamond, with Clemson holding a 167-121-2
lead in the
series dating back to the 1899 season.  South Carolina is
Clemson's
most-played rival in history.


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Earlier in 2010, the Tigers
won two of the three games, including a 4-3 win at Clemson on March 5
and a
19-6 win in Columbia on March 7.  On March 6 at Fluor Field in
Greenville,
SC, South Carolina rallied late to defeat the Tigers 7-5.  The
rivalry
moved to the three-game format (with games at each team's home stadium
and a
neutral-site game) for the first time in 2010.


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In 2009, Clemson and South
Carolina split the four-games series.  The Gamecocks won the first
two
matchups by scores of 3-1 (at Clemson) and 7-6 (at South Carolina)
before the
Tigers rebounded to claim the final two games by scores of 7-5 (at
Clemson) and
12-2 (at South Carolina).


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In 2008, South Carolina won
all four matchups.  In 2007, South Carolina won the first three
meetings
before Clemson won the final matchup by a score of 14-5 at Doug
Kingsmore
Stadium.  In 2006, the Tigers won three of four meetings, while
the two
teams split the four-game season series in both 2004 and 2005.


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The Tigers hold a 6-4 lead
over the Gamecocks in neutral-site games and a 3-2 lead in NCAA Tourney
games.  However, South Carolina is 2-0 against Clemson in Omaha,
with both
wins coming in 2002.


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Jack Leggett is 32-30 against
South Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including 0-3 in neutral-site
games and
0-2 in NCAA Tournament games.  Both losses were in the 2002
College World
Series when the two teams were in the exact same situation as they are
in
2010.  Leggett was also 3-8 against the Gamecocks as Western
Carolina's
head coach, meaning he is 35-38 all-time against South Carolina.


Clemson
vs. South Carolina 2010 Game Recaps


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Clemson, ranked as high as #9
in the nation, won two of three games against #15 South Carolina by a
combined
score of 28-16 at three different sites from March 5-7.  It was
the first
regular-season series win for the Tigers since 2006.  Clemson
outhit the
Gamecocks .286 to .267 and totaled seven home runs.  Chris Epps
received
the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson's MVP of the series, as he was
7-for-14 with
two homers, one double, six RBIs, six runs, and two walks.  Mike
Freeman
added six hits.  The Tigers also had a 4.33 ERA.


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In game-one at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium in Clemson on March 5, Wilson Boyd's two-out, run-scoring
single in the
eighth inning lifted the Tigers to a 4-3 victory over South
Carolina.  The
Gamecocks took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on Adrian Morales'
sacrifice fly,
but Jason Stolz's two-out, run-scoring single in the seventh inning
tied the
score before Boyd delivered the go-ahead single in the eighth
inning. 
Epps, who went 2-for-3 with two runs, and Jeff Schaus added solo home
runs in
the first inning.  David Haselden pitched the final 4.0 innings
without
allowing a hit or run to earn the victory.


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In game-two at Fluor Field in
Greenville, SC on March 6, Whit Merrifield's two-out, run-scoring
single in the
top of the ninth inning gave South Carolina the lead for good in its
7-5 win
over Clemson.  Merrifield broke a 4-4 tie with his clutch hit,
then the
Gamecocks added two more run-scoring hits.  Freeman's RBI single
in the
bottom of the ninth inning brought the potential tying run to the
plate, but
the Tigers came up short.  Jackie Bradley, Jr. went 3-for-4 with a
homer
and four RBIs to lead the Gamecocks, who outhit Clemson 9-8.  Four
Gamecock
hurlers combined for 13 strikeouts in the game.


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In game-three at Carolina
Stadium in Columbia, SC on March 7, Clemson hit five home runs to
trounce South
Carolina 19-6.  It was the most runs scored by Clemson against the
Gamecocks since 1962 and the Tigers' largest margin of victory in the
series
since 1997.  Epps' grand slam in the second inning started the
onslaught,
as he was 3-for-6 with five RBIs and two runs.  Freeman totaled
three
hits, including a home run, and three runs.  Richie Shaffer added
a
three-run homer, Addison Johnson hit a solo homer, and Phil Pohl belted
a grand
slam.  Thirteen different Tigers in all scored at least one run in
the
game.  Starter Scott Weismann pitched 6.0 strong innings to earn
the win,
while eight Gamecock pitchers combined to allow 14 hits and 11 walks.


Three
Bob Bradley Award Winners on 2010 Roster


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Each season, the Bob Bradley
(Clemson) and Tom Price (South Carolina) Awards are presented to the
MVP of the
regular-season series between the two Palmetto State rivals. 
Three
current Tigers are recipients of the Bob Bradley Award.  Wilson
Boyd won
the award during his freshman (2007) and sophomore (2008) seasons,
while Kyle
Parker (2009) and Chris Epps (2010) also won the award.


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In the three games against
the Gamecocks during the 2010 regular season, Epps was 7-for-14 with
two
homers, one double, six RBIs, six runs, two walks, and one steal to
lead the
Tigers to two wins.  In the series-finale in Columbia, his grand
slam in
the second inning started Clemson's onslaught in its 19-6 win.  In
that
game, he went 3-for-6 with a homer, five RBIs, and two runs.


Worth
Noting


style="">           Clemson
is third in the nation with 77 double plays turned on defense. 
Southern
Mississippi is first (84) and Washington State is second (78).


style="">           Friday's
game (June 25) marks the latest date on the calendar that Clemson has
ever
played a game.


style="">           Clemson's
seven wins in the 2010 NCAA Tournament ties the 2002 team for the most
wins in
a single NCAA Tournament.


style="">           Clemson
is guaranteed to play at least 11 NCAA Tournament games in 2010, more
than any
season in school history.  Clemson played a school-record 10 NCAA
Tourney
games in 2002.


style="">           Clemson's
two College World Series wins in 2010 ties for the most by the Tigers
in
history.  Clemson also won two games in Omaha in 1996 and 2002.


style="">           In
the 2009-10 academic year, Clemson had a first-round draft pick in
football
(C.J. Spiller), men's basketball (Trevor Booker), and baseball (Kyle
Parker).  It is only the second time (1986-87 was the other
academic year)
that the Tigers have had a first-rounder in all three major sports in
the same
academic year.  Clemson also joined Georgia Tech as the only two
schools
to have a first-rounder in all three sports in 2009-10.


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Alex Frederick has recorded
two saves in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  Only three other Tigers
have
recorded two career saves in NCAA Tournament play.  And only one
(Dave
Woessner) had two saves in a single NCAA Tournament (1977).  David
Tripp
(1988-90) and Jeff Sauve (1992-95) also had two career saves in the
NCAA
Tournament.


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Frederick's 32 appearances in
the 2010 season are also one shy of the school record of 33, held by
Scott
Winchester (1995), Nick Glaser (2000), and Daniel Moskos (2006).


Kieboom


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Spencer Kieboom has started
all nine NCAA Tournament games in 2010.  In those nine games,
Clemson's
opponents have combined for just one stolen base in three
attempts.  That
one steal came by Oklahoma on a ball that was dropped at second base
for a
would-be caught stealing.



Schaus


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Jeff Schaus' 86 RBIs this
season is the third-highest total in Tiger history, trailing only
Khalil Greene
(91) and Jeff Baker (87) in 2002.  Schaus, who is tied for third
in the
nation in RBIs in 2010, is only three behind Chris Benson (Utah
Valley), who is
the national leader with 89 RBIs.


Weismann


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In four career NCAA
Tournament starts, Scott Weismann is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA and .208
opponents'
batting average in 26.0 innings pitched.  With his victory against
Oklahoma, he also became the first Tiger to total nine wins in a season
since
2006, when Jason Berken, Josh Cribb, and Stephen Faris all had nine
wins that
year.


Tigers
Win First Two Games in Omaha


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In the Tigers' first game of
the College World Series on June 21, Casey Harman and Alex Frederick
combined
to limit #1 Arizona State to three runs and eight hits in Clemson's 6-3
win.  Harman pitched 6.0 strong innings to earn the win, while
Frederick
pitched 3.0 innings to record the save, as he yielded just one hit, no
runs,
and one walk with two strikeouts.  Clemson outhit the Sun Devils
14-8 and
every Tiger starter had at least one hit.  The Tigers won their
fourth
College World Series opener in a row, while it was their 11th all-time
win over
a top-ranked team and their first since 2006.


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In the Tigers' second game of
the College World Series that was suspended on June 22 due to inclement
weather
and was completed on June 23, Clemson scored four runs in the fourth
inning and
two runs in the fifth inning to defeat #6 Oklahoma 6-4.  Starter
Scott
Weismann pitched 5.0 innings, allowing just three hits and one run with
four
strikeouts to earn the win.  Frederick recorded the save by
pitching a
scoreless ninth inning.  John Hinson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs
and had
half of Clemson's six hits.  Spencer Kieboom added a two-run
single in the
fourth.  The Tigers also took advantage of eight walks.


 

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