March 4, 2004
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Clemson vs. College of Charleston Clemson (3-3), ranked as high as #18, will travel to Mount Pleasant, SC to play at College of Charleston (6-3) Friday at Patriots Point Field. The game will start at 5:00 PM. Livestats are available by clicking here.
The Tigers will then travel directly to Columbia to take on South Carolina (10-0) Saturday at 1:30 PM. The game will be carrried by WCCP, 104.9 FM out of Clemson. The two teams will then matchup at Clemson on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The Sunday game will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network and can be heard live via the internet at www.clemsontigers.com. Live stats will also be available for both games against South Carolina on Clemson’s website.
South Carolina Game Tickets Available A limited number of general admission tickets will be available at Doug Kingsmore Stadium prior to the game against South Carolina Sunday. Tickets will be available at the left-field gate starting at 12:00 PM Sunday. First pitch Sunday is scheduled for 2:00 PM.
The Series vs. College of Charleston Clemson and College of Charleston have met 11 times on the baseball diamond. The Tigers have won all 11 games, including four at College of Charleston. Last season, Clemson won both games, including a 7-6 come-from-behind win at Mount Pleasant, SC on March 18 thanks to Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 5, 2003. Clemson also won two games in 2002 and the only meeting in 2001. Before that game, the two had not played each other since 1912. Head Coach Jack Leggett is 5-0 against the Cougars.
The Series vs. South Carolina Clemson and South Carolina have met 263 times on the baseball diamond, with Clemson holding a 155-106-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899. South Carolina is Clemson’s most-played rival in history.
Clemson won three of four games during the 2003 season, with Clemson splitting the two games in Columbia. South Carolina leads the series in games played at Columbia 67-62-2, even though the Tigers have won 10 of the last 14 games in the capital city.
Leggett is 20-15 against South Carolina as the Tiger skipper and 23-23 overall. He is also 11-6 against South Carolina at Sarge Frye Field. Clemson is also 4-5 against South Carolina under Head Coach Jack Leggett when the Gamecocks are ranked in the top five. Leggett, in his 11th season as Clemson’s head coach, is 57-30 (.655) against the SEC.
The Starting Pitchers College of Charleston will start junior lefthander Reid Price (0-1, 4.35 ERA). The Fletcher, NC native has made one start and one relief appearance in 2004. He has struck out 12 and allowed just eight hits in 10.1 innings pitched.
Clemson will counter with sophomore righty Kris Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA). In his last start, Harvey threw 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just three hits in a victory over Georgia Southern. The Catawba, NC native has a win to his credit against the Cougars, as he picked up the decision last season.
South Carolina will start junior righthander Billy Buckner (2-0, 3.77 ERA) Saturday. The Conyers, GA native has struck out 18 and walked just one in 14.1 innings pitched this year.
Clemson will counter with sophomore righthander Jason Berken (1-0, 0.00 ERA) Saturday. The De Pere, WI native pitched 6.0 shutout innings against Georgia Southern last weekend in his only outing of 2004. He allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out seven Eagles.
College of Charleston Overview College of Charleston enters Friday’s game with a 6-3 record, including a win over Maryland. The Cougars have also played N.C. State twice, falling both times. The Cougars, who are 4-1 at home this year, are hitting .317 as a team, led by Brett Anderson’s .452 batting average, four homers, and 11 RBIs. He has four of the team’s six home runs as well. In just nine games, College of Charleston has stolen 29 bases. The pitching staff has a 4.00 ERA, while the team is fielding at a .936 clip.
South Carolina Overview South Carolina enters the game Saturday with a 10-0 record, including a 7-4 win over Furman Wednesday night. The Gamecocks are hitting .392 as a team and holding their opponents to a .159 batting average. They have also outscored their opponents 126-15. Brendan Winn leads the team with a .567 batting average, while he also has four homers and 17 RBIs. Steve Pearce is second with a .526 batting average, but he leads the squad with seven home runs and 22 RBIs. The Gamecock pitching staff has a 1.43 ERA. The staff has struck out 120 and allowed just 14 walks. Chad Blackwell has four saves and has yet to allow a hit, run, or walk while striking out 12 in 7.0 innings pitched. South Carolina also sports a spectacular .989 fielding percentage, as it has committed just four errors in 10 games.
Clemson Overview Clemson enters the weekend action with a 3-3 record after an 8-5 win over Gardner-Webb Saturday. Clemson is hitting .251 as a team, led by Brad McCann’s .462 batting average. Six different Tigers have accounted for the team’s seven homers, led by McCann’s two. Clemson also has a 2.77 ERA and a .970 fielding percentage.
Tigers Go Deep to Beat Gardner-Webb All eight of Clemson’s runs were driven in by the 7-8-9 hitters in the lineup, as the Tigers defeated Gardner-Webb 8-5 on March 3 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. After Russell Triplett’s hit his first career grand slam, while Patrick Hogan earned his first save of the season.
Tigers Sporting a 2.77 Team ERA Despite the team’s 3-3 record, Clemson’s pitching staff has been impressive in the early going. Clemson has a 2.73 team ERA and is holding opponents to a .232 batting average. The staff also has 59 strikeouts against only 18 walks (3.28 ratio) and already has two team shutouts. Sophomores Kris Harvey and Jason Berken have been especially good, as he has yet to allow a run in 6.0 innings pitch.
Road Trip Including the ACC Tournament in May, Clemson will take to the road for eight of the 14 weekends in 2004. The Tigers brutal schedule includes weekend series/games at East Carolina, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Duke. Clemson is scheduled to play 32 regular-season home games and 24 games away from home in 2004.
The Tigers only play six full weekend series at home this year. Those series include Auburn, Wake Forest, Maryland, N.C. State, Florida State, and Central Florida.
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