Tigers, Gamecocks set for annual rivalry series

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Freshman right-hander Davis Sharpe takes his season-shutout innings streak into the neutral site game at Fluor Field.
Freshman right-hander Davis Sharpe takes his season-shutout innings streak into the neutral site game at Fluor Field.

The No. 14 Tigers face South Carolina three times at three different sites this weekend in their annual rivalry series.

SERIES SETUP
• Who – South Carolina (7-1) vs. Clemson (7-1)
• Best Rankings – USC – NR; CU – No. 14 Baseball America
• When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.), Sunday (noon)
• Where – Clemson, S.C., (Doug Kingsmore Stadium) Friday; Greenville, S.C., (Fluor Field) Saturday; Columbia, S.C., (Founders Park) Sunday
• Watch – ACC Network Extra (Friday), SEC Network+ (Saturday, Sunday)
• Video Announcers (Friday) – Jose Alvarez, Ron Smith, Pete Yanity
• Video Announcers (Saturday) – Drew Meyer, Tommy Moody
• Video Announcers (Sunday) – Burch Antley, Kip Bouknight
• Listen (Radio) – WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate
• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn
• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com
• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record – Clemson leads 178-138-2 (1899-2018)
• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 99-45 (1907-2018)
• Record at Neutral – Clemson leads 11-10 (1899-2018)
• Record at South Carolina – South Carolina leads 83-68-2 (1900-2018)

STORIED RIVALRY
• South Carolina is Clemson’s most-common opponent, as the two have played 318 times dating to 1899.
• The two have met at least one time every year since 1945, with the exception of 1984.
• Clemson leads the series 52-28 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium (opened in 1970).
• The series is tied 4-4 at Fluor Field (opened 2006). The first game there between the two teams was 2010.
• South Carolina leads the series 9-4 at Founders Park (opened in 2009).

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday – RHP Carmen Mlodzinski (USC, 0-0, 4.32 ERA) vs. RHP Brooks Crawford (CU, 0-0, 3.60)
• Saturday – RHP Davis Sharpe (CU, 2-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Dylan Harley (USC, 0-0, 9.45)
• Sunday – LHP Justin Wrobleski (CU, 0-1, 6.75) vs. RHP Reid Morgan (USC, 1-0, 1.29)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson, who has won five games in a row, totaled 15 hits in its 14-3 win over East Tennessee State at home on Tuesday.
• The Tigers are averaging 8.0 runs per game and hitting .262 with a .403 on-base percentage and 22 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.00 ERA, .182 opponents’ batting average and 4.21 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .979.

SOUTH CAROLINA OVERVIEW
• South Carolina is led by second-year head coach Mark Kingston.
• The Gamecocks have won seven games in a row. They are hitting .275 and have a 2.92 ERA and .970 fielding percentage.
• Jacob Olson is hitting .379 with four homers and nine RBIs, while Luke Berryhill is batting .357 with two homers and 11 RBIs.

TIGERS AT FLUOR FIELD
• Clemson has a 25-6 all-time record at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., and have won nine games in a row at the facility.
• The Tigers have outscored the opposition 254-130 at Fluor Field, an average score of 8.2-4.2.
• The only teams to defeat Clemson at Fluor Field are South Carolina (2010,11,14,15), Presbyterian College (2011) and Michigan State (2015).

BOB BRADLEY AWARD PRESENTED SUNDAY
• Clemson’s MVP of the South Carolina series is presented the Bob Bradley Award. The Gamecocks’ MVP receives the Tom Price Award.
• The two late athletic communications directors served as baseball contacts for their schools for decades.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson has won four straight series against South Carolina from 2015-18, all with records of 2-1.
• Clemson has scored 32 of its 64 runs in the fifth (12) and sixth (20) innings.
• Clemson pitchers have combined for 101 strikeouts in 72.0 innings pitched, good for 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

TEODOSIO SHOWING OUT
• Sophomore outfielder Bryce Teodosio started just 24 games as a freshman in 2018, but has emerged as an everyday player in 2019.
• He has also started all eight games in center field and has saved several runs with his ability to track down balls in the outfield.
• He is hitting .393 with three homers, three doubles, 11 RBIs, nine runs, a .419 on-base percentage and four steals in eight games.
• He leads or is tied for the team lead in batting average, hits, doubles, homers, RBIs and slugging percentage (.821)
• He has hit safely in seven of the eight games in 2019 and has reached base in all eight games.
• In his career, he is hitting .224 with seven doubles, seven homers, 20 RBIs, 21 runs and five steals in 45 games (32 starts).

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