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April 6, 2004

Columbia, S.C. –

Sixth ranked South Carolina (23-5, 4-5 SEC) concludes an eight-game road swing on Wednesday night as the Gamecocks face 23rd ranked Clemson (17-10). First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and the game will be televised on CSS. Junior RHP Zac McCamie (2-0, 2.29 ERA) is the scheduled starter for South Carolina with sophomore RHP Kris Harvey (5-0, 3.13 ERA) on the mound for the Tigers.

This is the third of four games this season between South Carolina and Clemson. The Gamecocks defeated Clemson in the first two games of the series this year as Carolina won at Sarge Frye Field 5-2 on March 6 and earned an 8-7 win in 10 innings at Clemson on March 7. The two schools conclude the series next Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at Sarge Frye Field.

Live GAMETRACKER stats and live audio will be available at USCSPORTS.COM. The baseball game will also be broadcats on all Gamecock Baseball Radio Network affiliates.

What’s Next
The game at Clemson ends a string of eight consecutive road contests for the Gamecocks. Carolina returns home to Sarge Frye this weekend for the Southeastern Conference series with Florida. Game times are 7 p.m Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Clemson comes to Sarge Frye Field Wednesday, April 14 to conclude a home stand of four games. The Gamecocks travel to Kentucky April 16-18.

Current Streaks
The longest current hitting streak in the South Carolina batting order is nine games by Bryan Triplett. Steve Pearce hit safely in the last eight games. During his nine game streak Triplett had 17 hits in 41 at bats for a .415 batting average. Over the past eight games Pearce has 16 hits in 33 at bats, a .485 pace.

Steve Pearce hit his 12th home run March 28 in a 10-2 win at Arkansas and is currently tied for the SEC lead in homers. Michael Campbell, Pearce and Landon Powell homered in succession in the fifth inning of that game, the second time this season that the Gamecocks have hit back to back to back home runs. The team has 54 home rns in 28 games but hit only one in the Vanderbilt series. Landon Powell hit his seventh in the Sunday game.

Of 45 hits by Landon Powell this season, 10 have been doubles raising his career total two base hits to 54, second on South Carolina’s all-time list. The career record for doubles is 67 set by Mac White, 1991-94. Bryan Triplett has 16 doubles this season to lead the team at the midway point in the regular season. The one season Gamecock record for doubles is 26 set two years ago by Steve Thomas.

Bench Award
For the second year in a row Landon Powell has been named to the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award. The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission presents the award to the player judged the best catcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Powell was a semi-finalist in the Bench Award balloting last year.

Shooting for 2,000
South Carolina opened the 2004 season needing 51 wins to reach 2,000. The magic number is now 28. The all-time Gamecock baseball record is 1,972-1,249-17. That includes an 83-39-1 mark against military and nother non-collegiate teams during years when those opponents were a part of regular season schedules.