South Carolina And Clemson Get Set To Do Battle In The Best Rivalry In College Baseball

The long awaited SC/Clemson baseball series is just over 24 hours away.

Both teams will enter the series unranked. Clemson currently boasts an undefeated record at 8-0 while the Gamecocks hold only one loss after a nail biting series against UNCG. 

Although it’s early in the season, Clemson holds a stronger resume, as they pulled off a sweep against Indiana, and put up a combined 47 runs against Hartford over the weekend.

Carolina on the other hand has not looked bad so far but has not looked great either. The Gamecocks dropped game 2 to the Spartans after a near 9th inning rally came up just shy. The possible game winning homer fell just 20 feet short off the bat of Josiah Sighter.

The Gamecocks seemed all but defeated in game 3 as they found themselves down 7-1 in the bottom of the 9th. However, South Carolina took advantage of UNCG’s closing pitching. Carolina tied the game after a grand slam from Andrew Eyster and walked off in the bottom of the 10th. After taking down Winthrop, Carolina bounced back against George Washington with its first series sweep of the season. 

South Carolina’s pitching will have to be lights out in order to quiet the Clemson bats which have been hot so far this season. This task may prove troublesome as James Hicks left the mound early Saturday due to injury and is now out for the season. Also, Julian Bosnic has yet to appear after a pre season injury.

The Gamecocks have allowed twice as many runs so far as the Tigers. In order for the Gamecocks to take the series, pitching will need to improve.

South Carolina will also need to do a better job at answering. Against UNCG South Carolina came up empty a number of times after big innings for the Spartans. In the final two games of the series, the Gamecocks did not really show the intensity they needed until the 9th inning.

If the Gamecocks do the same against Clemson they could find themselves forced to rally back in the 9th down by 10 which simply isn’t probable against a team like Clemson. 

After only eight games, it is rather difficult to predict the outcome of the series this weekend. It is still very early in the season and neither team has played enough baseball to appear far superior over the other.

With that being said, I believe Clemson has the edge. The Tigers pitching has performed well when needed and the Tigers bats have been on fire thus far. Carolina will have to play as a team that we have yet to have seen so far to take the series from the Tigers.

I have the Tigers winning the series 2-1 and as always, I would love to be wrong here.

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