#14 Clemson (7-1) vs South Carolina (7-1)
Game times: Friday (Clemson) 6:00 PM, Saturday (Greenville) 1:00 PM, Sunday (Columbia) 12:00 PM
Video: ACC Network Extra (Fri), SEC Network + (Sat & Sun). Available via WatchESPN & ESPN App
Expected Starting Pitchers (CU vs UofSC):
- Friday - Brooks Crawford (RHP) vs Carmen Mlodzinski (RHP),
- Saturday - Davis Sharpe (RHP) vs Dylan Harley (LHP),
- Sunday - Justin Wrobleski (LHP) vs Reid Morgan (RHP)
After two great weeks of baseball, the big series is finally here. Any time the Gamecocks and Tigers get together it’s always a fun environment, and this year should be no exception. After enjoying dropping some football five-bombs on Gamecock fans, Tiger Nation is hoping to add a baseball five-bomb to the rotation as well, as Clemson is looking for its fifth straight series win over South Carolina (or “U of SC,” as they are known now). However, the Tigers are looking to break a streak of sorts against the Gamecocks. In Monte Lee’s first three season’s at the helm, he has yet to win a Friday night game in the rivalry series. While we’d all be fine conceding a Friday night game in exchange for winning the series, it would make the weekend a bit less stressful to get win one under our belt on Friday. Fortunately, this year the Tigers will have the friendly confine of Doug Kingsmore Stadium to help get that Friday win.
The Gamecocks come in on a seven-game winning streak after dropping their opening day game to Liberty. U of SC is coming off of a 3-1 win over App State on Tuesday.
The Cocks’ are bringing a pair of youngsters to the mound for the first two games. Friday night’s starter Carmen Mlodzinski is a sophomore out of Hilton Head, while Saturday starter Dylan Harley is a freshman out of Summerville. After two starts, Mlodzinski comes in with a 0-0 record and a 4.32 ERA on 8.1 innings pitched, and Harley is also 0-0 on 6.2 innings pitched, with a 9.45 ERA (lol). Junior Reid Morgan will get the nod for South Carolina on Sunday. Morgan is 1-0 on the year with a 1.29 ERA on 14 innings pitched.
There should be plenty of offensive fire power on both sides of this series, as each team enters with 17 home runs apiece. South Carolina ripped 10 of those homers last weekend in their series sweep of Utah Valley.
Weather.com is showing that tomorrow may be a wet day in Clemson, but that the rain may move out around gametime, hopefully preventing a delay. Saturday in Greenville looks to be a nice day in the upper 50’s to low 60’s, but Sunday in Columbia may bring some more rain. Make sure to keep a look out on social media for potential weather delays.