Clemson Baseball Preview vs. South Carolina
Tigers Face South Carolina Friday
With its 6-4 win over #6
Oklahoma on Wednesday, #8 Clemson (45-23) stayed unbeaten in the
Series and will face #5 South Carolina (50-16) on Friday at 9:00 PM EDT
ESPN2. Sean McDonough, Robin Ventura, and Erin Andrews will call
The Tigers, who are 2-0 in
the College World Series, need to beat the Gamecocks once to advance to
Championship Series. If South Carolina tops the Tigers on Friday,
teams will play a decisive game on Saturday at 7:00 PM EDT on ESPN to
the winner of the bracket. Clemson will be the designated home
occupy the third-base dugout on Friday.
Friday's game will be
broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network. Live
will also be available at ClemsonTigers.com.
vs. South Carolina Series History
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
most-played rival in history.
Earlier in 2010, the Tigers
won two of the three games, including a 4-3 win at Clemson on March 5
19-6 win in Columbia on March 7. On March 6 at Fluor Field in
SC, South Carolina rallied late to defeat the Tigers 7-5. The
moved to the three-game format (with games at each team's home stadium
neutral-site game) for the first time in 2010.
In 2009, Clemson and South
Carolina split the four-games series. The Gamecocks won the first
matchups by scores of 3-1 (at Clemson) and 7-6 (at South Carolina)
Tigers rebounded to claim the final two games by scores of 7-5 (at
12-2 (at South Carolina).
In 2008, South Carolina won
all four matchups. In 2007, South Carolina won the first three
before Clemson won the final matchup by a score of 14-5 at Doug
Stadium. In 2006, the Tigers won three of four meetings, while
teams split the four-game season series in both 2004 and 2005.
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,
wins coming in 2002.
Jack Leggett is 32-30 against
South Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including 0-3 in neutral-site
0-2 in NCAA Tournament games. Both losses were in the 2002
Series when the two teams were in the exact same situation as they are
2010. Leggett was also 3-8 against the Gamecocks as Western
head coach, meaning he is 35-38 all-time against South Carolina.
vs. South Carolina 2010 Game Recaps
Clemson, ranked as high as #9
in the nation, won two of three games against #15 South Carolina by a
score of 28-16 at three different sites from March 5-7. It was
regular-season series win for the Tigers since 2006. Clemson
Gamecocks .286 to .267 and totaled seven home runs. Chris Epps
the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson's MVP of the series, as he was
two homers, one double, six RBIs, six runs, and two walks. Mike
added six hits. The Tigers also had a 4.33 ERA.
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
Gamecocks took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on Adrian Morales'
but Jason Stolz's two-out, run-scoring single in the seventh inning
score before Boyd delivered the go-ahead single in the eighth
Epps, who went 2-for-3 with two runs, and Jeff Schaus added solo home
the first inning. David Haselden pitched the final 4.0 innings
allowing a hit or run to earn the victory.
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
over Clemson. Merrifield broke a 4-4 tie with his clutch hit,
Gamecocks added two more run-scoring hits. Freeman's RBI single
bottom of the ninth inning brought the potential tying run to the
the Tigers came up short. Jackie Bradley, Jr. went 3-for-4 with a
and four RBIs to lead the Gamecocks, who outhit Clemson 9-8. Four
hurlers combined for 13 strikeouts in the game.
In game-three at Carolina
Stadium in Columbia, SC on March 7, Clemson hit five home runs to
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
since 1997. Epps' grand slam in the second inning started the
as he was 3-for-6 with five RBIs and two runs. Freeman totaled
hits, including a home run, and three runs. Richie Shaffer added
three-run homer, Addison Johnson hit a solo homer, and Phil Pohl belted
slam. Thirteen different Tigers in all scored at least one run in
game. Starter Scott Weismann pitched 6.0 strong innings to earn
while eight Gamecock pitchers combined to allow 14 hits and 11 walks.
Bob Bradley Award Winners on 2010 Roster
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.
current Tigers are recipients of the Bob Bradley Award. Wilson
the award during his freshman (2007) and sophomore (2008) seasons,
Parker (2009) and Chris Epps (2010) also won the award.
In the three games against
the Gamecocks during the 2010 regular season, Epps was 7-for-14 with
homers, one double, six RBIs, six runs, two walks, and one steal to
Tigers to two wins. In the series-finale in Columbia, his grand
the second inning started Clemson's onslaught in its 19-6 win. In
game, he went 3-for-6 with a homer, five RBIs, and two runs.
is third in the nation with 77 double plays turned on defense.
Mississippi is first (84) and Washington State is second (78).
game (June 25) marks the latest date on the calendar that Clemson has
played a game.
seven wins in the 2010 NCAA Tournament ties the 2002 team for the most
a single NCAA Tournament.
is guaranteed to play at least 11 NCAA Tournament games in 2010, more
season in school history. Clemson played a school-record 10 NCAA
games in 2002.
two College World Series wins in 2010 ties for the most by the Tigers
history. Clemson also won two games in Omaha in 1996 and 2002.
the 2009-10 academic year, Clemson had a first-round draft pick in
(C.J. Spiller), men's basketball (Trevor Booker), and baseball (Kyle
Parker). It is only the second time (1986-87 was the other
that the Tigers have had a first-rounder in all three major sports in
academic year. Clemson also joined Georgia Tech as the only two
to have a first-rounder in all three sports in 2009-10.
Alex Frederick has recorded
two saves in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Only three other Tigers
recorded two career saves in NCAA Tournament play. And only one
Woessner) had two saves in a single NCAA Tournament (1977). David
(1988-90) and Jeff Sauve (1992-95) also had two career saves in the
Frederick's 32 appearances in
the 2010 season are also one shy of the school record of 33, held by
Winchester (1995), Nick Glaser (2000), and Daniel Moskos (2006).
Spencer Kieboom has started
all nine NCAA Tournament games in 2010. In those nine games,
opponents have combined for just one stolen base in three
one steal came by Oklahoma on a ball that was dropped at second base
would-be caught stealing.
Jeff Schaus' 86 RBIs this
season is the third-highest total in Tiger history, trailing only
(91) and Jeff Baker (87) in 2002. Schaus, who is tied for third
nation in RBIs in 2010, is only three behind Chris Benson (Utah
Valley), who is
the national leader with 89 RBIs.
In four career NCAA
Tournament starts, Scott Weismann is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA and .208
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
2006, when Jason Berken, Josh Cribb, and Stephen Faris all had nine
Win First Two Games in Omaha
In the Tigers' first game of
the College World Series on June 21, Casey Harman and Alex Frederick
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
pitched 3.0 innings to record the save, as he yielded just one hit, no
and one walk with two strikeouts. Clemson outhit the Sun Devils
every Tiger starter had at least one hit. The Tigers won their
College World Series opener in a row, while it was their 11th all-time
a top-ranked team and their first since 2006.
In the Tigers' second game of
the College World Series that was suspended on June 22 due to inclement
and was completed on June 23, Clemson scored four runs in the fourth
two runs in the fifth inning to defeat #6 Oklahoma 6-4. Starter
Weismann pitched 5.0 innings, allowing just three hits and one run with
strikeouts to earn the win. Frederick recorded the save by
scoreless ninth inning. John Hinson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs
half of Clemson's six hits. Spencer Kieboom added a two-run
single in the
fourth. The Tigers also took advantage of eight walks.