Clemson will host the series opener on Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Saturday's neutral venue game will be played at Fluor Field in Greenville and Carolina Stadium will host Sunday's series finale.
One of the biggest benefits to the new 3 game format? For the first time, both teams will be able to play and manage the games as a true series.
The previous format featured two games during a weekend in March, followed by one mid-week game at Clemson and another at USC in April to finish out a four-game stretch. Thanks to an NCAA rule set two years ago that forces teams to play 56 games in a shorter span than in the past, mid-week games come at a premium.
So, the Tigers and Gamecocks decided at the end of last season to switch to a normal three-game series all in one weekend, which helps balance out the schedule and keeps traveling from becoming an issue.
In 2009, Clemson and
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
Outfielder Whit Merrifield has hit safely in all seven games this season and owns a 21-game hitting streak that began last season. He's batting .333 and leads the team in runs scored with 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 right-hander John Taylor has the team's lone save. The Gamecocks own the best fielding percentage in the SEC with just four errors in 265 chances (.985).
Clemson enters the series against
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.
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 right-hander 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.
Bradley & Price Awards to Be Given
After Sunday's game at
Slated Starting Pitchers
Today, Clemson will start junior lefty and ace Casey Harman (2-0, .084 earned run average) while the Gamecocks will go with their No. 1 in senior right-hander Blake Cooper (2-0, 3.00).
Saturday will feature Tiger sophomore southpaw Will Lamb (1-0, 1.42) against junior right-hander Sam Dyson (1-0, 2.35). Tigers are 6-0 at the
Sunday, USC freshman lefty Tyler Webb (0-0, 0.00) makes his second-career start while the Tigers go with sophomore right-hander Scott Weismann (1-0, 2.89).
Quote that sums it up –
“There’s just a lot of respect between the teams,” said CU OF Kyle Parker, quarterback, of the Clemson football that lost to
“They’re going to be three hard fought games.”