South Carolina allowed zero runs in its two wins agains the Clemson Tigers this weekend, winning 2 of 3 and moving to 8-2 on the season. South Carolina is 20-8 in its last 28 games against the Tigers. Barring a post-season matchup, South Carolina has won the season series against Clemson every year since 2006. Clemson's only series win in that stretch was 2010, but the Gamecocks bounced Clemson from Omaha with back-to-back wins and in doing so notched a 3-2 season series victory and advanced to the College World Series Finals. As you may remember, they won that final series. They also won it the next year and made it back to the finals last year. You know, I'm starting to think we're alright at baseball.
The story of last weekend was pitching. The combined line of sophomore Jordan Montgomery and 43rd year senior Nolan Belcher, Friday and Sunday starters respectively: 17 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 12 K. Is that silly? Because I think that's silly. Colby Holmes struggled through his Saturday start (4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) but it's worth noting that Adam Westmoreland was stellar in long relief (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). The only other pitcher to see action this weekend was closer Tyler Webb, who faced and struck out three batters in a non-save situation on Friday.
With the win, USC clinches the all-sports season series over Clemson for the sixth straight year. Teams tied in 06-07.— David Cloninger (@DCAtGCKCentral) March 3, 2013
Gotta love that, right? Check out the official baseball notebook for some series nuggets. The Gamecocks will host Ball State for a pair of midweek games before facing Rider this weekend. That's the final weekend series before SEC play begins against Missouri on March 15.