South Carolina's Clarke Schmidt (Aaron Fitt)


Schmidt, Barnes Show Ace Qualities


CLEMSON, S.C. — Charlie Barnes out-pitched Clarke Schmidt on Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, but Schmidt walked away with the win even without his best stuff or his good command. That’s an impressive testament to Schmidt’s fierce competitiveness — but it’s no knock on Barnes, who did everything he could have done to put his team in position to win.

Clemson made two costly errors behind Barnes that led to two unearned runs in the sixth inning, and the Tigers failed to capitalize on numerous scoring chances against Schmidt, as the Gamecocks escaped with a 2-0 win in front of 6,212 fans on a chilly night in Clemson.

“We feel very fortunate to have won, to be honest with you,” South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook said. “Honestly I thought that Clemson battled and competed in the batter’s box probably a little better than we did tonight. We just had a couple breaks go our way, and they had a couple errors there in that inning we scored two runs, and our pitchers were outstanding. We got out of some tough jams and got some big double plays. But all in all, it’s a big win, anytime you come to Clemson and you win it’s a really, really big win.”

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