Ray Tanner met with the media this afternoon to preview this weekend’s series between his 15th ranked Gamecock baseball team and the 12th ranked Clemson Tigers. The two teams will meet tomorrow night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson at 7:00, then play in Greenville at Fluor Field Saturday at 2:00 and close out the series at 2:00 Sunday at Carolina Stadium in Columbia.
This is the first year they have used this format. The past several season the two teams have played four times, splitting two weekend games and two weekday games at the two home venues. The problem was that the midweek games fell in the middle of the conference slate so neither team used its best pitchers the final two games. That problem should be solved with the weekend series format. Although playing three games in three days at three different stadiums does seem a little odd.
Carolina coach Ray Tanner talks about this weekend’s series with Clemson
Ray Tanner isn’t sure how this format will work but he is excited to try something new. There will be a clear series winner and no more kissing your sister with the 2-2 splits we’ve seen in years past. Clemson will be the home team in Saturday’s game in Greenville but the tickets will be split and the crowd should be 50-50. USC will be the home team in next year’s neutral site game.
USC outfielder Whit Merrifield on facing the rival Tigers
Anytime you get Clemson and Carolina together in any sport it is big, that’s just the nature of the in-state rivalry, but there is not hyperbole in stating this is easily one of the best rivalries in college baseball. These two programs are first class in the college baseball world. Ray Tanner and Jack Leggett are two very different personalities and have two very different philosophies, but their programs are both two of the best in the country. All three games will be jam packed and fans will be treated to college baseball being played at the highest level. It is just another one of the many reasons why sports in the state of South Carolina are second to none.