Clemson hosts Gamecocks in crucial matchup

Clemson hosts Gamecocks in crucial matchup

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Clemson hosts Gamecocks in crucial matchup

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The Clemson Tigers host No. 16 South Carolina Tuesday night in a game that was postponed due to inclement weather.

This is a huge game for the Tigers, who are not only trying to avoid being swept by the Gamecocks, but are in desperate need of a victory after being swept by Georgia Tech over he weekend.


GAME SETUP
• Who – South Carolina (28-17) vs. Clemson (22-21)
• Best Ranking – USC – No. 16 Collegiate Baseball; CU – NR
• When – Tuesday (6 p.m.)
• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch – ACC Network Extra
• Video Announcers – Ron Smith, Pete Yanity
• Listen (Radio) – WCCP (105.5 FM)
• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com
• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball


SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record – Clemson leads 181-143-2 (1899-2021)
• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 100-46 (1907-2020)


STARTING PITCHERS
• TBA (USC) vs. TBA (CU)


CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson, who has a 16-8 home record, was swept in three games at Georgia Tech by a combined score of 21-14 last weekend.
• The Tigers are averaging 5.8 runs per game and hitting .260 with a .425 slugging percentage, .366 on-base percentage and 31 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 4.59 ERA, .261 opponents’ batting average and 2.87 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and Clemson is fielding .967.


SOUTH CAROLINA OVERVIEW
• South Carolina, who has a 7-10 road record, is led by fourth-year Head Coach Mark Kingston.
• The Gamecocks won one of three home games against Mississippi State. They are hitting .251 and have a 3.82 ERA and .975 fielding percentage.
• Brady Allen is hitting .282 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs, while Wes Clarke is batting .277 with 18 homers and 42 RBIs.


STORIED RIVALRY
• South Carolina is Clemson’s most-common opponent, as the two have played 326 times dating to 1899.
• The two have met at least once every year since 1945, with the exception of 1984. Therefore, the two have met each of the last 37 years.
• The season matchups went to a three-game, weekend-series format in 2010 after the two teams played four midweek games for decades.
• Clemson leads the series 53-29 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium (opened in 1970).


QUICK HITS
• South Carolina won the two previous meetings this season, both by one run on walkoff hits by Andrew Eyster.
• The last time Clemson and South Carolina played a regular-season midweek game was Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Greenville, S.C.
• In two games versus South Carolina earlier this year, James Parker (5-for-9), Dylan Brewer (3-for-7) and Alex Urban (3-for-9) led Clemson.


BOB BRADLEY AWARD TO BE PRESENTED
• Clemson’s MVP of the South Carolina series is presented the Bob Bradley Award. The Gamecocks’ MVP receives the Tom Price Award.
• The 2021 series marks the 21st year the awards are presented.
• The two late athletic communications directors served as baseball contacts for their respective schools for decades.


CATCHING DUO
• Since Adam Hackenberg returned from injury that forced him to miss the first 13 games of 2021, the Tigers have used two catchers.
• Hackenberg and Jonathan French, who was the predominant starter at catcher early in the season, have split time behind the plate.
• French has started 22 games at catcher (11-11 record), while Hackenberg has started 19 games at catcher (11-8 record).
• Hackenberg is hitting .247 with a homer, seven doubles, 11 RBIs, 12 runs and a steal in 27 games (26 starts).
• French is hitting .262 with five homers, two doubles, 19 RBIs and 11 runs in 26 games (22 starts).

courtesy of Clemson Athletic Communications

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