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FULL COUNT: Clemson Series

Welcome to "Full Count," a look at the upcoming game/series for the Gamecocks baseball team which also serves as an open thread if you feel compelled.

This weekend: The Tiggers of the Upstate. A home-and-home against Clemson, with the Saturday game in Columbia and the Sunday game in that place.


  1. Reese Havens. The reigning SEC player of the week has three HRs, 9 RBIs and a .533 average. (OBP, for those who like that, is .696.)
  1. Fast starts. The Gamecocks have scored 22 runs in the first three innings this year, compared to nine for their opponents. One way to make up for a rotation with some question marks is to score early and often.
  1. They are Clemson. Therefore, South Carolina must win. Simple, huh?


  1. Wilson Boyd. The redshirt sophomore outfielder has four home runs and a .438 average. Right now, Boyd is hitting one long ball for every four at bats. His slugging percentage? 1.188.
  1. Pitching. Forget ERAs for the moment, which are terribly distorted at this point in the season. (As are the batting numbers, but that's for another day.) The highest batting average against a Clemson starter so far is .294. No one else has done worse than .250.