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Tigers prepare for home-and-home series against Georgia

Clemson Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs

When: Today, 7 p.m.; Wednesday 7:15 p.m.

Where: Today: Foley Field, Athens, Ga.; Wednesday: Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson

Radio: WCCP 104.9-FM

TV: none

Records: Clemson 18-8; Georgia 15-10

Coaches: Jack Leggett (15th season at Clemson); David Perno, (seventh season at Georgia)

Tickets: 1-800-CLEMSON

Three things to watch

Clemson and Georgia have met 212 times on the diamond, with the Bulldogs holding a 114-96-2 advantage in the series that dates back to the 1900 season. Georgia is Clemson’s second-most played rival in school history, trailing only South Carolina (281).

Clemson infielder Mike Freeman is in his first season at Clemson after spending the 2007 season at Georgia, where he hit .237 in 48 games (40 starts). But this season in a Tiger uniform, his average has climbed substantially. He leads the team with a .381 batting average and .451 on-base percentage in 21 games (19 starts). He has also walked eight times and struck out just seven times.

Eighteen of Clemson’s 26 games have been decided by three runs or less and 17 have been decided by two runs or less. Amazingly, none of the 26 games have had a tie score at the end of eight innings, and Clemson has yet to play an extra-inning game.

Probable Pitchers:

Game 1: Clemson: LHP Craig Gullickson (3-0, 1.61) vs. UGA: Alex McRee (3-1, 4.34)

Game 2: Clemson: RHP Trent Rothlin (1-0, 11.37) vs. UGA: Justin Grimm (0-0, 3.60)

Bottom line: Clemson will be happy with a split in this non-conference home-and-home series, but with a weekend series at No. 2 Miami looming, a sweep can do a tone of good for this young team’s confidence as it continues to grow through the 2008 season.

— Will Vandervort