Gamecocks, Tigers take hot baseball rivalry on the road

The Clemson-South Carolina baseball rivalry is going on the road today, opening a three-game, three-site tour in Charleston on Friday.

The No. 2 Gamecocks (7-0) and No. 16 Tigers (4-2) have battled in a home-and-away weekend series for years, but the unique road show expands to three stops for the second  year in a row.

South Carolina and Clemson will meet in a three-game series beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Riley Park in Charleston. Last year Greenville served as the third site.

Saturday’s contest is in Columbia at Carolina Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday’s series finale at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson will begin at 2 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

The already heated rivalry added a little extra spice last season when Clemson coach Jack Leggette requested the umpire check South Carolina’s bats during the series.

The act led to a dispute between the two coaches. USC coach Ray Tanner took offense to charges that his team was warming their bats to generate more power.

Both coaches have since made up, but the rivalry remains intense on the diamond and in the dugouts. The addition of a third stop in the series should only make things more interesting.

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