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COLUMBIA – It was far too early in the season and a bit too chilly to allow Clemson starter Sam Weatherly a chance at history, but Friday’s performance at South Carolina will certainly be long remembered in the rivalry lore.

The lanky junior left-hander departed the 7-1 victory that opened the three-game series after 104 pitches resulted in seven no-hit innings with three walks, a hit batter and 11 strikeouts. Weatherly gave way to freshman lefty Geoffrey Gilbert, who couldn’t quite complete the no-hitter.

Game 2 is 3 p.m. Saturday at Columbia’s Segra Park.

Weatherly never lobbied to remain in the game, saying, “I knew I was on my pitch count. It’s early in the season, a little cold out here and I understand why I was taken out. If I could’ve kept my pitch count down just a little more hopefully I would’ve been able to go out there and finish off the game.

“It was absolutely (my most memorable performance) at any level.”

Clemson coach Monte Lee said his staff never considered the no-hitter when removing…