BY GENE SAPAKOFF

gsapakoff@postandcourier.com

COLUMBIA - As the South Carolina and Clemson baseball teams prepare Friday night for the first game of their annual baseball series, the Charleston RiverDogs are preparing what they hope is a winning bid for the Gamecocks-Tigers neutral site game in 2015.

The schools prepared 2015 bid information this week and expect competitive interest from Greenville, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, plus Charlotte, which has a new downtown stadium for its triple-A Charlotte Knights set to be ready for opening day in 2014. Greenville's Fluor Field hosts the 2014 neutral site game Saturday, and hosted in 2013.

Charleston got the 2012 game, a Gamecocks victory at Riley Park.

"I have been, and am currently trying, to communicate with both schools to reiterate our position and desire to host," RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols said. "They are aware of this interest."

The No. 3 Gamecocks host No. 11 Clemson on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium in the first game of the three-game series.

The second game in Greenville is set for 2:05 p.m. Saturday with the third game at Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday at 4 p.m.

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