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OMAHA, Neb. -- On the way into their locker room after Friday night's loss, Clemson's players were heckled by South Carolina fans. One yelled, "We own you here!"
The Tigers' focus is squarely on getting to the College World Series championship series. But they also don't want to lose to their rivals again. In 2002, South Carolina won two straight games against Clemson to reach the final series, making the Gamecocks 3-0 against their in-state opponents in Omaha.
Clemson was completely stymied in a 5-1 loss on Friday night as reliever Michael Roth threw a surprise complete game. The Tigers will hope for better things with their ace, Casey Harman, taking the hill. Harman got the win when the Tigers eliminated Arizona State on Monday.
South Carolina will start Sam Dyson, who went 6-5 with a 4.39 ERA in the regular season. Dyson also got a victory against Arizona State in Omaha, allowing four runs in 7 1/3 innings. Nothing would be sweeter for the Gamecocks than to eliminate their rivals again on the way back to the championship series.