Carolina In My Mind

Clemson and South Carolina renew their age-old rivalry this weekend when the two college baseball powers meet in a three-game series.

It’s one of the most unique series in college baseball as the team’s play three games over three days in three different cities.

The three-game set opens tonight at 6:30 p.m. (ET) from Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson. The game will be aired on ACC Network Extra with Marty Clary and Roy Philpott on the call. The series shifts to Greenville’s Fluor Field on Saturday for the annual Reedy River Rivalry game at 1 p.m. (ET). The series wraps up on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (ET) at Founders Park in Columbia. The game will be shown in the SEC Network Plus with Burch Antley and Trey Dyson on the call.

South Carolina (6-3) is ranked in all six major collegiate rankings. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 4 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 5 in the nation by Baseball America, D1Baseball and Perfect Game No. 7 by the NCBWA and No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball.

Clemson (6-2) enters ranked No. 12 in the USA Today coaches poll, No. 15 by Baseball America, No. 17 by the NCBWA, No. 20 by D1Baseball and No. 22 by Collegiate Baseball.

South Carolina junior RHP Clarke Schmidt (2 GS, 1-0, 0.69 ERA) will square off against Clemson junior LHP Charlie Barnes (2 GS, 0-0, 1.46 ERA) in the opener.  South Carolina junior RHP Will Crowe (2 GS, 2-0, 0.79 ERA) pitches opposite Clemson senior LHP Pat Krall (2 GS, 2-0, 3.38 ERA) on Saturday. The Gamecocks will send sophomore RHP Adam Hill (2 GS, 0-2, 1.50 ERA) to the mound against the Tigers sophomore RHP Alex Eubanks (2 GS, 1-1, 3.97 ERA) in the series finale on Sunday.

For the 17th consecutive year, the Tom Price Award and Bob Bradley Award will be presented to the MVP for South Carolina and Clemson respectively. The presentation will be made at the end of Sunday’s game.

Both Price and Bradley had a tremendous positive influence on the baseball programs at Clemson and South Carolina as the school’s sports information directors.

Price passed away on Feb. 1, 2008 at the age of 81 after 45 years of service to the Gamecock program. Bradley passed away on Oct. 30, 2000. He served as the Tigers’ baseball athletic communications director for 45 years and still served as Clemson’s official scorer for most of the 2000 season.

Both teams have played series with 2016 Horizon League champion and NCAA Tournament participant Wright State the first two weekends. Wright State opened the season with a series win over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Feb. 17-19. South Carolina took two of three from the Raiders last weekend in Columbia, but lost 5-1 in the series finale on Sunday.

Sophomore OF Danny Blair, sophomore OF Jacob Olsen and junior DH Alex Destino pace the Gamecocks offense. Blair is hitting a team-best .357 (10-for-19) with three RBIs in nine games. Olsen is hitting .333 (10-for-30) with a team-high three home runs and six RBIs. He belted a pair of home runs in Tuesday’s 8-4 win over Appalachian State. Destino is hitting .313 (10-for-36) with two home run and a team-high 10 RBIs.

Clemson is led on offense by junior OF Chase Pinder, redshirt junior OF Reed Rohlman and redshirt sophomore infielder Grayson Byrd. Pinder is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with eight RBIs. He leads the Tigers in batting average, runs scored (7) and RBIs. Rohlman is second on the team with a .375 (9-for-24) batting average. He has five runs scored and two RBIs. Byrd is hitting .333 (11-for-33) with six RBIs.

Sophomore outfielder Seth Beer has been slow out of the gates for the Tigers this season. He is hitting .269 (7-for-26) with six runs scored, two home runs and six RBIs in eight games. Beer was the 2016 National Freshman of the Year after hitting .379 with 18 home runs and 70 RBIs last season. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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