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Clemson Faces Duke in ACC Tourney on Wednesday

Clemson Athletic Communications - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:09 AM
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Tigers head to Greensboro, N.C. for the 41st ACC Tournament as the No. 5 seed.

TOURNAMENT SETUP
• Who (Wednesday) - Clemson (34-22) vs. Duke (32-23)
• Who (Thursday) - Miami (Fla.) (40-15) vs. Clemson (34-22)
• Who (Friday) - Georgia Tech (32-24) or Wake Forest (30-25) vs. Clemson (34-22)
• Rankings - CU - NR; DUK - NR; MIA - No. 6 BA, No. 3 CB, No. 11 USA; GAT - NR; WFU - NR
• When - Wednesday (11 a.m.), Thursday (7 p.m.), Friday (3 p.m.)
• Where - Greensboro, N.C. (NewBridge Bank Park)
• Watch - RSN, ESPN3
• TV Announcers (Wednesday) - Nick Belmonte, Mike Hogewood
• TV Announcers (Thursday, Friday) - Dan Bonner, Wes Durham
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)

SERIES HISTORY (DUKE)
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 126-66-2 (1904-2013)
• Record at Neutral - Duke leads 13-10 (1904-2009)
• Record in ACC Tournament - Clemson leads 8-4 (1978-09)

SERIES HISTORY (MIAMI)
• Overall Record - Miami leads 35-27-1 (1977-14)
• Record at Neutral - Miami leads 9-6 (1980-13)
• Record in ACC Tournament - Tied 2-2 (2005-13)

SERIES HISTORY (GEORGIA TECH)
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 107-103-3 (1902-2013)
• Record at Neutral - Clemson leads 19-8 (1959-12)
• Record in ACC Tournament - Clemson leads 16-10 (1981-12)

SERIES HISTORY (WAKE FOREST)
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 126-54-1 (1901-2014)
• Record at Neutral - Clemson leads 14-4 (1950-07)
• Record in ACC Tournament - Clemson leads 12-5 (1973-07)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Wednesday - LHP Matthew CrownoverMatthew Crownover
So. LH Pitcher
#44 5-11, 205
Ringgold, GA

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(CU) vs. RHP Michael Matuella (DUK)
• Thursday - LHP Chris Diaz (MIA) vs. RHP Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
Jr. RH Pitcher
#23 6-0, 180
Lyman, SC

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(CU)
• Friday - TBA (GAT or WFU) vs. TBA (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson won two of three games at home over Boston College last weekend to close the regular season.
• The Tigers are averaging 5.8 runs per game and hitting .277 with a .354 on-base percentage and 86 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.74 ERA, .236 opponents’ batting average and 2.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .963.

DUKE OVERVIEW
• Duke is led by second-year Head Coach Chris Pollard.
• The Blue Devils won one of three games at Florida State. They are hitting .263 and have a 3.15 ERA and .974 fielding percentage.
• Jordan Betts is hitting .317 with 19 doubles, two triples, four homers, 30 RBIs and a .404 on-base percentage.

MIAMI OVERVIEW
• Miami is led by 21st-year Head Coach Jim Morris.
• The Hurricanes won two of three games over North Carolina. They are hitting .261 and have a 3.03 ERA and .969 fielding percentage.
• Zack Collins is hitting .285 with 12 doubles, three triples, eight homers, 46 RBIs and a .404 on-base percentage.

GEORGIA TECH OVERVIEW
• Georgia Tech is led by 21st-year Head Coach Danny Hall.
• The Yellow Jackets won two of three games over South Florida. They are hitting .277 and have a 3.27 ERA and .971 fielding percentage.
• Daniel Spingola is hitting .323 with six doubles, seven triples, three homers, 34 RBIs and 15 steals.

WAKE FOREST OVERVIEW
• Wake Forest is led by fifth-year Head Coach Tom Walter.
• The Demon Deacons won two of three games over Virginia last weekend. They are hitting .249 and have a 3.80 ERA and .964 fielding percentage.
• Grant Shambley is hitting .327 with a .414 on-base percentage and five steals.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson has won 17 games in a row when it scores at least five runs and 20 games in a row when it scores at least six runs.
• Clemson hit 18 of its 26 homers (69 percent) in ACC regular-season games despite only 52 percent being ACC regular-season contests.
• Clemson’s 10-9 win to top Boston College after trailing 9-2 was its first win in 21 games this year when trailing entering the ninth inning.

TIGERS TO PLAY IN 40TH ACC TOURNEY
• Clemson (34-22), the No. 5 seed, opens its ACC Tournament slate by playing No. 4 seed Duke (32-23) on Wednesday at 11 a.m. on RSN and ESPN3.
• The Tigers will be the designated visiting team and occupy the first-base dugout Wednesday.
• The Tigers play No. 1 seed Miami (Fla.) (40-15) Thursday at 7 p.m. on RSN and ESPN3.
• Clemson will be the designated home team and occupy the third-base dugout Thursday.
• On Friday, Clemson’s third game will be against either No. 8 seed Wake Forest (30-25) or No. 9 seed Georgia Tech (32-24) at 3 p.m.
• Clemson will be the designated home team and occupy the third-base dugout Friday for the game on RSN and ESPN3.
• The games will be played at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.
• It will be the third time the ACC Baseball Tournament is held in Greensboro and the first time since 2012.
• For the first time under the current format, the tournament has a 10-team field, with two single-elimination games Tuesday.
• The round-robin format, in its eighth year, features two four-team brackets that guarantees the eight teams play a minimum of three games.
• The other bracket features No. 2 seed Florida State, No. 3 seed Virginia, No. 6 seed Maryland, No. 7 seed UNC and No. 10 seed NC State.
• The winner of each bracket meets in the ACC Championship Game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
• The title game will be televised by ESPN2 and the winner of the game receives an automatic bid into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
• All of Clemson’s ACC Tournament games are broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.
• Live stats are available at ClemsonTigers.com for all Tiger games.

CLEMSON'S ACC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• This is the 41st ACC Tournament, and Clemson has been to the finals in 21 of the previous 40 tournaments, nine more than any other school.
• Clemson has won nine ACC Tournaments in history, more than any other school, including 2006 when it defeated NC State 8-4 in the title game.
• Clemson has a 103-65 record (.613) in ACC Tournament games. The Tigers also have the most All-ACC Tournament selections (56) in history.
• Prior to its 2006 title, Clemson had not won it all since 1994. The Tigers beat Florida State 4-1 in the title game in Greenville, S.C.
• Clemson’s nine ACC Tournament titles came in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 2006.
• Clemson is one of only two teams to play in all 41 ACC Tournaments. The Tigers join Virginia as the only teams to play in every ACC Tourney.
• This will be the 18th time the tournament is held in the state of North Carolina.
• Only Virginia Tech (62.5) and Florida State (62.4) have a better winning percentage than Clemson (61.3) in ACC Tournament play.
• The ACC Tournament began in 1973 and has been held every year but one (1979) since then.

SEVEN TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM
• Seven Tigers earned First, Second or Third-Team All-ACC honors, tied for second-most by an ACC team.
• Daniel Gossett was a First-Team All-ACC starting pitcher, Clemson’s first First-Team All-ACC starting pitcher since D.J. MitchellD.J. Mitchell
RH Pitcher
#9 6-2, 170
Winston-Salem, NC

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in 2008.
Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware
Jr. Catcher
#30 6-1, 210
Anderson, SC

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(DH/UT), Tyler KriegerTyler Krieger
So. Infielder
#3 6-2, 170
Johns Creek, GA

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(SS) and Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
Sr. 2nd Base
#17 6-1, 195
Roswell, GA

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(2B) all earned Second-Team All-ACC honors.
Jay BaumJay Baum
Jr. Infielder
#13 6-0, 190
Alpharetta, GA

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(OF), Matthew Crownover (SP) and Steven DuggarSteven Duggar
So. Outfielder
#9 6-1, 185
Moore, SC

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(OF) all earned Third-Team All-ACC honors.
• Five of Clemson’s nine position players and two of its three weekend starting pitchers earned All-ACC honors.
• It was the third time Wilkerson earned Second-Team All-ACC honors and the second time Gossett earned All-ACC honors.

McGIBBON COMES THROUGH IN CLUTCH
• Senior first-baseman Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
Sr. 1st Base
#12 6-1, 220
Lindenhurst, NY

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has persevered through rough times in 2014, but came up big when Clemson needed him most.
• The Tigers were trailing Boston College 9-6 with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on May 17.
• He laced a bases-clearing double to tie the score in a game Clemson went on to win 10-9 in 13 innings. He did so on Senior Day.
• The win gave Clemson the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament. The Tigers would have been in a play-in game as the No. 8 seed with a loss.
• He was making his first start since March 18 at Georgia Southern after starting 17 of the first 19 games in 2014.
• McGibbon is hitting .203 with five doubles, two homers and 17 RBIs in 44 games (18 starts).
• In his 26 games off the bench, he is 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer, double, eight RBIs, three runs and two walks.
• As a pinch-hitter, he is 4-for-9 (.444).
• In his last 22 games, he is 8-for-18 (.444) with two doubles, one homer, nine RBIs, a .722 slugging percentage and .524 on-base percentage.
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