on March 1, 2008 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Tigers take on South Carolina this weekend

Clemson baseball: No. 19 Clemson Tigers at No. 10 South Carolina Gamecocks

When: Today, 1:30 p.m; Sunday, 2 p.m. at Clemson

Where: Sarge Fry Field, Columbia; Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson

Radio: WCCP 104.9-FM

TV: none

Records: Clemson 5-0, South Carolina 3-1

Coaches: Jack Leggett (15th season at Clemson); Ray Tanner (twelfth season at South Carolina)

Tickets: Both game are sold out

Three things to watch

The Tigers are fresh off a come-from-behind win at the College of Charleston, where they continued to pile up impressive offensive numbers, hitting three homeruns on the afternoon. That ups their season total to 13, including five from team-leader Wilson Boyd.

South Carolina has had some time to prepare for Clemson, having only played one game since this week- a 12-0 victory over UNC Asheville on Wednesday. Prior to that game, the Gamecocks took two out of three games in their season-opening series against East Carolina, which included a 13-4 loss to the Pirates.

Gamecocks’ shortstop Reese Havens earned SEC Player of the Week honors for his performance against East Carolina, as he was 7-for-14 at the plate. Included in those plate appearances are two homeruns, six RBIs and seven runs scored.

Probable Pitchers: Game One: Clemson’s Ryan Hinson (LHP) vs. South Carolina’s Mike Cisco (RHP); Game Two: South Carolina’s Blake Cooper (RHP) vs. Clemson’s D.J. Mitchell (RHP)

Bottom line: The season is young, and both squads have gone relatively untested so far. As evidenced by last year’s 12-0 South Carolina win to open the season series before losing three straight to the Tigers, almost anything is possible when the two rivals meet in this unpredictable series. Clemson’s come-from-behind win over the College of Charleston should provide some momentum going into the home-and-home series, but you have to throw everything out the window when these teams play each other.

— Eric Sprott