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March 4, 2010
Clemson vs. S. Carolina Preview
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Clemson vs. South Carolina
Clemson (7-0), ranked as high as #9 in the country, will face #15 South Carolina (5-2) in a three-game series at three different sites this weekend. Game times are 6:30 PM on Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, 2:00 PM on Saturday at Fluor Field in Greenville, and 2:00 PM on Sunday at Carolina Stadium in Columbia. Clemson will be the designated home team on Saturday and occupy the first-base dugout.
Friday's game will be available live via webcast on TigerCast. All three games will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.
Clemson and South Carolina have met 287 times on the diamond, with Clemson holding a 165-120-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899. South Carolina is Clemson's most-played rival in history.
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).
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 the 2006 season, the Tigers won three of four meetings, while the two teams split the four-game season series in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
The Tigers hold a 93-42 lead over the Gamecocks in games played at Clemson and a 46-25 lead at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 30-29 against South Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including 15-13 in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett was also 3-8 against the Gamecocks as Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he is 33-37 all-time against South Carolina.
The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, South Carolina will start senior righthander Blake Cooper (2-0, 3.00 ERA) on the mound. The Neeses, SC native has made two starts for a total of 12.0 innings pitched. He has allowed seven hits (.175 opponents' batting average) and four walks with 11 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with junior lefty Casey Harman (2-0, 0.84 ERA) on Friday. The South Burlington, VT native has made two starts for a total of 10.2 innings pitched. He has allowed five hits (.132 opponents' batting average) and four walks with nine strikeouts.
In game-two, the Gamecocks will send out junior righty Sam Dyson (1-0, 2.35 ERA) on the mound. The Tampa, FL native has made two starts for a total of 7.2 innings pitched. He has given up two hits (.080 opponents' batting average) and two walks with 11 strikeouts.
Clemson will counter with sophomore lefthander Will Lamb (1-0, 1.42 ERA) on Saturday. The Seaford, VA native has made one start and one relief appearance for a total of 6.1 innings pitched. He has yielded five hits (.208 opponents' batting average) and one walk with three strikeouts.
In game-three, South Carolina will start freshman lefthander Tyler Webb (0-0, 0.00 ERA) on the mound. The Nassawadox, VA native has made one start and one relief appearance for a total of 8.2 innings pitched. He has allowed seven hits (.226 opponents' batting average) and one walk with nine strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Scott Weismann (1-0, 2.89 ERA) on Sunday. The Boxborough, MA native has made two starts for a total of 9.1 innings pitched. He has given up 11 hits (.289 opponents' batting average) and one walk with 10 strikeouts.
South Carolina, led by 14th-year Head Coach Ray Tanner and ranked as high as #15 in the nation, enters the series against #9 Clemson with a 5-2 overall record after defeating Presbyterian 15-0 at home on Wednesday. The Gamecocks are also coming off a 1-2 record in a series at East Carolina last weekend. South Carolina is 4-0 at home and 1-2 on the road in 2010.
South Carolina is averaging 7.7 runs per game and hitting .309 with a .486 slugging percentage and .392 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 18 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, and three stolen bases.
Scott Wingo, son of former Tiger baseball and football player Billy Wingo, has a team-high .462 batting average along with seven runs and six hit-by-pitches. Kyle Enders is batting .450, while Florida State transfer Brady Thomas is hitting .400. Jeffery Jones leads the team in homers (3) and RBIs (11).
The pitching staff has a 2.63 ERA and .217 opponents' batting average along with 71 strikeouts against 19 walks in 61.2 innings pitched. Junior righthander John Taylor has the team's lone save. The Gamecocks are fielding at a .985 clip as well.
Clemson, ranked as high as #9 in the nation, enters the series against #15 South Carolina with a 7-0 record after topping Dayton 6-5 in 10 innings at home on Wednesday. The Tigers are also coming off a three-game sweep of Wright State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium last weekend. Clemson has a 6-0 record at home and 1-0 neutral-site record in 2010.
The Tigers are averaging 8.4 runs per game and hitting .304 with a .488 slugging percentage and .399 on-base percentage. Clemson has also totaled 17 doubles, nine homers, and 13 stolen bases in 19 attempts.
Kyle Parker is hitting .464 with four homers, 10 RBIs, and nine runs, while Brad Miller is batting .423 with five doubles. Jeff Schaus is hitting .407 with a homer and team-high 11 RBIs.
The pitching staff has a 2.67 ERA and .213 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed 17 walks against 50 strikeouts, good for a 2.9-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Freshman righthander Jonathan Meyer has made a team-high four relief appearances and has one of Clemson's two saves in 2010. The Tigers are fielding at a .955 clip as well.
Tigers 6-0 All-Time at Fluor Field
Fluor Field, the home of the Boston Red Sox A affiliate Greenville Drive since 2006, is modeled after Fenway Park, with identical field dimensions and a "Green Monster." The Tigers have played six games at the ballpark since 2007 and have won all six. In 2007, Clemson downed Wofford 6-3 in its first-ever game at Fluor Field. In 2008, the Tigers defeated Presbyterian 12-7 and Furman 11-5. In 2009, Clemson topped Michigan State 15-2 and Furman 8-5. Earlier this year, Clemson beat the Spartans 10-2 at Fluor Field. Therefore, the Tigers have outscored the opposition 62-24 in their six games at Fluor Field.
• Head Coach Jack Leggett turns 56 on Friday, March 5.
Parker Off to Fast Start in 2010
Junior outfielder Kyle Parker (Jacksonville, FL) has hit four home runs through the first seven games of 2010. He is hitting .464 with 13 hits, four homers, 10 RBIs, nine runs, and a steal along with a .893 slugging percentage and .531 on-base percentage. He is a big reason Clemson is off to its best start (7-0) since 2002. The four homers in 2010 gives him 30 career long balls.
In 2009, Parker set the Clemson record for fewest games required to reach 25 career home runs, as he accomplished that feat in only 103 games. He has totaled his 30 career home runs in 127 career games as well.
Parker, who completed his red-shirt freshman campaign on the gridiron in 2009, led the Tigers to a 9-5 record, an appearance in the ACC Championship game, and a win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. The signal-caller threw for 2,526 yards on 205-369 passing and added 20 touchdowns in starting all 14 games. He was also a second-team freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com.
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