Carolina and Clemson Battle in Palmetto Series This Weekend

Joseph Bender, Sports Editor

The College Baseball season has finally arrived. Two weeks into the 2020 season, we’re starting to see how each team looks and what they are capable of this year. One of the biggest series of the season is here: the Palmetto Series. This Weekend Clemson and South Carolina will battle it out in the Palmetto Series. The series between the Tigers and Gamecocks is one of the south’s biggest baseball rivalries, and has a very deep history that runs through the history of the two programs.

This weekend’s series will begin in Founders Park where South Carolina will host the Tigers to open it all up tonight at 7pm. Usually in the series, the two teams will meet either in Charlotte or Greenville for the Saturday neutral site matchup, but this year Columbia’s Segra Park will host the neutral battle, which will take place at 3pm on Saturday. To cap off the series, the two teams will play at Clemson’s Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 2pm Sunday.

This popular game is a rivalry for a reason, because of how competitive every game is between the two and the importance of the home field advantage in the games. Last season South Carolina took the series, as they won the first game at Clemson, and the final game in Columbia, but lost the neutral battle to Clemson at Flour Field in Greenville.

Though this is the only regular season game with the two teams, both Clemson and South Carolina face each other in the postseason often, and those games add a bigger spark to the rivalry that has championship stakes in every game, just like the 2010 postseason matchup, as it led the Gamecocks to their first baseball national championship in program history.

The Clemson Tigers currently lead the series 179-140-2, with every series being a toss up in the past twenty years. and national college baseball writer Mark Etheridge has called the series “college baseball’s most heated rivalry” and it certainly is that.

Series Information:

Friday, February 28th – 7:00pm – Founders Park, Columbia, SC
Saturday, February 29th – 3:00pm – Segra Park, Columbia, SC (Neutral Matchup)
Sunday, March 1st – 2:00pm – Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, SC