Despite being one of the toughest tickets at Fluor Field, baseball fans from across the Upstate and beyond will not be denied the ability to watch the third installment of the Reedy River Rivalry - pitting the Clemson Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks against one another on neutral ground.
The Greenville Drive and WMYA-TV announced today that they have partnered to broadcast the Reedy River Rivalry live on March 2nd. WMYA My40 will serve as the flagship station, airing the game in the Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina, and the Fox affiliates in Charleston (WTAT), Myrtle Beach/Florence (WFXB), and Savannah (WJCL) will also broadcast the game to their respective markets, while fans in Columbia and Augusta can tune into the broadcast on their local MeTV affiliate. The game will also be able to be viewed online at ESPN3.com. The broadcast of this highly anticipated game will begin with the pre-game show at 2:00 PM, with first pitch scheduled for 2:15 PM.
Drive General Manager, Mike deMaine, commented on the announcement, saying, "The Drive is delighted to showcase Fluor Field and televise this premier matchup of two of the nation's top collegiate programs. This broadcast promises to be a big win for Tiger and Gamecocks fans, our Drive corporate partners, and all who appreciate the excitement of this great baseball event in Downtown Greenville."
While the 2011 and 2010 Reedy River Rivalry games drew 7,125 and 7,105, respectively - the second and third largest crowds in Fluor Field's history - this year's contest will continue to be one of the most sought after tickets in collegiate baseball.
"By televising the Reedy River Rivalry from Fluor Field, WMYA My40 is able to reach into and develop a market that we have not had access to in the past," stated Jack Connors, General Manager of WMYA. "It is WMYA's goal to build a regional sports network that features college, high school and professional athletics. Adding the Reedy River Rivalry to our year-round sports offerings that already include the Drive and other minor league baseball, locally produced college and high school football and basketball, is an exciting and highly credible step in that direction."
Joining Jack Connors on the broadcast will be former Don Munson and Trey Dyson. Munson has covered Clemson athletics since 1994, when he joined the Clemson radio network. Dyson was a former Gamecocks standout from 1999-2002, and was the recipient of the SEC Boyd McWhorter Male Student Athlete of the Year honor in 2002.
Drive Co-Owner and President, Craig Brown, summed it up, saying, "This broadcast from Fluor Field will make it possible to share the atmosphere and excitement of a truly classic college match up with sports enthusiasts from across the state and region, who would not otherwise be able to enjoy this special Downtown Greenville baseball experience. Viewers who tune in will see two of the nation's most talented and popular college programs compete in front of a capacity crowd, in one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country!"