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Mar 02, 2023

Tigers Face No. 23 Gamecocks This Weekend

By: Brian Hennessy

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The Tigers play their annual rivalry series with South Carolina at three different sites this weekend.

Who – South Carolina (9-0) vs. Clemson (4-4)
Best Ranking – USC – No. 23 D1Baseball, USA Today; CU – NR
When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.), Sunday (1:30 p.m.)
Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium) Friday; Greenville, S.C. (Fluor Field) Saturday; Columbia, S.C. (Founders Park) Sunday
Watch – ACC Network Extra (Friday), SEC Network+ (Saturday, Sunday)
Video Announcers (Friday) – Marty Clary, Fred Cunningham
Video Announcers (Saturday) – Stuart Lake, Tommy Moody
Video Announcers (Sunday) – Kip Bouknight, Dave Weinstein
Listen (Radio) – Clemson Athletic Network (locally on WCCP (105.5 FM))
Listen (Internet) –
Live Stats –
Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
Tickets (Friday) –, 1-800-CLEMSON

Overall Record – Clemson leads 185-143-2 (1899-2022)
Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 102-46 (1907-2022)
Record at Neutral – Clemson leads 13-12 (1899-2022)
Record at South Carolina – South Carolina leads 85-70-2 (1900-2022)

Friday – TBA (USC) vs. TBA (CU)
Saturday – TBA (CU) vs. TBA (USC)
Sunday – TBA (CU) vs. TBA (USC)

• Clemson, who has a 4-3 home record, 0-1 neutral record and 0-0 road record, lost to USC Upstate 6-3 at Greenville, S.C. on Tuesday.
• The Tigers are averaging 7.5 runs per game and hitting .311 with a .486 slugging percentage, .408 on-base percentage and 28 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 4.31 ERA, .273 opponents’ batting average and 2.89 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and Clemson is fielding .969.

• South Carolina, who has played all of its games at home and is averaging 11.7 runs per game, is led by sixth-year Head Coach Mark Kingston.
• The Gamecocks defeated North Carolina A&T 11-3 on Tuesday. They are hitting .322 and have a 2.00 ERA and .972 fielding percentage.
• Braylen Wimmer is hitting .484 with four homers, 13 RBIs and seven steals, while righthander Chris Veach has a team-high two saves.

• South Carolina is Clemson’s most-common opponent in history, as the two have played 330 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 38 years.
• The season matchups went to a three-game, weekend-series format in 2010 after the two teams played four midweek games for decades.
• South Carolina leads the series 7-6 in regular-season, neutral-site contests since 2010.
• Clemson leads the series 55-29 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium (opened in 1970).
• The series is tied 5-5 at Fluor Field (opened in 2009).
• South Carolina leads the series 11-6 at Founders Park (opened in 2009).

• Clemson is the designated visiting team and occupies the third-base dugout at Fluor Field on Saturday.
• Clemson has won six of the last eight season series against South Carolina from 2015-22, including last season’s three-game sweep.
• Former Tiger Head Coach Monte Lee (2016-22) is the associate head coach at South Carolina.

• Clemson has a 29-8 all-time record in 37 games at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
• The Tigers have outscored the opposition 288-149 at Fluor Field, an average score of 7.8-4.0.
• South Carolina (2010,11,14,15,21), Presbyterian (2011), Michigan State (2015) and USC Upstate (2023) have defeated Clemson at Fluor Field.
• Clemson has won 13 of its last 15 games at Fluor Field dating to 2015.
• Clemson is 5-5 against South Carolina at Fluor Field, including four wins in the last five meetings.
• Clemson is 0-1 under Head Coach Erik Bakich at Fluor Field.

• Clemson’s MVP of the South Carolina series is presented the Bob Bradley Award. The Gamecocks’ MVP receives the Tom Price Award.
• The 2023 series marks the 23rd year the awards are presented.
• The two late athletic communications directors served as baseball contacts for their respective schools for decades.

• Junior infielder Blake Wright has picked up right in 2023 where he left off during his stellar 2023 sophomore season.
• He is hitting a team-high .433 with three doubles, two homers, nine RBIs, nine runs and four steals in eight games in 2023.
• He has six walks against only one strikeout, and he has a .500 on-base percentage.
• He has not committed an error in 19 chances as the everyday starter at third base.
• He went 4-for-4 with two homers, three RBIs, three runs, a walk and three steals on opening day against Binghamton on Feb. 17.
• In his career, he is hitting .332 with 13 doubles, 14 homers, 54 RBIs, 42 runs and a .390 on-base percentage in 64 games (57 starts).