Tigers, Gamecocks set for baseball series

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Early college baseball series rarely get bigger than this for Clemson and South Carolina.

The Palmetto State's biggest colleges and fiercest athletic rivals play their annual three-game series starting Friday night at South Carolina.

The clubs move to Greenville for a contest at the home of the Boston Red Sox' Class A affiliate on Saturday before finishing at Clemson on Sunday.

The baseball matchup is the second most followed contests among fans, surpassed only when the schools play football each fall.

The Gamecocks (7-0) have had the edge recently, winning 20 of the past 28 meetings with the Tigers (6-1) including two-game sweeps to eliminate Clemson from the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2012.

Clemson coach Jack Leggett says he's eager to see how his team handles the high-intensity weekend.