Neither South Carolina nor Clemson are ranked in any of the college baseball polls, but that won't take any of the edge in the 3-game series which begins on Friday at Founders Park in Columbia.
USC will play host to the Tigers at 7 p.m. before …
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USC will play host to the Tigers at 7 p.m. before traveling a couple of miles for Saturday's game at Segra Park, the home of the minor league Columbia Fireflies. That game is set for a 3 p.m. first pitch.
The teams will travel to Clemson on Sunday for the final game. It will be played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.
Clemson comes into the series with a 7-1 record, while the Gamecocks are 6-2. The Tigers are coming off of their first loss of the season though, falling to East Tennessee State 5-3 on Tuesday.
Carolina defeated North Florida 6-5 on Tuesday, rallying from a 4-1 deficit to get the win.
South Carolina won the series 2-1 last year, its first series win since 2014. However, the Gamecocks went on to have a terrible season, going just 8-22 in the Southeastern Conference.
Friday's pitching matchup will pit Clemson left-hander Sam Weatherly against USC righty Carman Mlodzinski.
Carolina will start right-hander Thomas Farr on Saturday against Clemson righty Davis Sharpe. That will be a change for the Gamecocks, who moved Brett Kerry from the spot to the bullpen.
Sunday's game will feature another pair of right-handers - Spencer Strider for Clemson and Brannon Jordan for Carolina.
While 7-1, Clemson has had only one game in which it scored more than three runs. The Tigers are batting .243 as a team, but their pitching has been stellar. They have a team earned run average of 1.23 and opponents are batting just .189.
Kier Meredith has a batting average of .444 for the Tigers with an on-base percentage of .571.
South Carolina is hitting .288 and has an ERA of 2.83. Andrew Eyster leads the USC offense with a .379 average. Noah Campbell is batting .348 with eight steals and Wes Clarke has four home runs and 14 runs batted in.
All three games will be carried on WNKT-FM 107.5.
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