Baseball to Face Georgia Tech in ACC Tournament


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STANDINGS (as of May 19, 2002)

                      ACC            Overall
Team             W   L   T   Pct   W   L   T   Pct
Florida State.. 18   6   0  .750  51  12   0  .810
Wake Forest.... 17   6   0  .739  42   9   1  .817
North Carolina. 17   7   0  .708  39  17   0  .696
Clemson........ 16   8   0  .667  44  12   0  .786
Georgia Tech... 14   9   0  .609  44  12   0  .786
Virginia.......  8  16   0  .333  25  30   0  .455
NC State.......  7  17   0  .292  32  24   0  .571
Maryland.......  6  18   0  .250  34  22   0  .607
Duke...........  4  20   0  .167  23  32   0  .418


Clemson vs. Georgia Tech

       
Number-four seeded Clemson (44-12) will play #5 seed Georgia
Tech (44-12) Wednesday, May 22 at Saint Petersburg, FL in the first
round of the ACC Tournament.  Game time is 10:00 AM for the game
at Al Lang Field and Florida Power Park.  Clemson will be the
home team.  The winner of the game will move on to play Thursday
at 5:00 PM againt the winner of the Florida State-"play-in game"
winner.  The two losers will play Thursday at 10:00 AM.  All
of Clemson's ACC Tournament games will be broadcast on the radio by
Clemson Tiger Sports Properties and can be heard live via the internet
at www.clemsontigers.com.  Live stats will also be available on
Clemson's website.



The Series

        Georgia
Tech won two of three games over Clemson from May 4-6 in Atlanta, GA
to tie the all-time series 83-83-3 dating back to 1902.  Clemson
won the series opener 12-9, while the Yellow Jackets won games two and
three 15-6 and 11-0, respectively.  Head Coach Jack Leggett is
18-14 against Georgia Tech as the Tiger skipper, including a 3-3
record in ACC Tournament play.

     Clemson is 10-7 against
Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament.  The Yellow Jackets, however,
have a three-game winning streak against Clemson in the tourney,
including wins of 8-4 and 9-8 in the 2000 tournament at Fort Mill,
SC.  Prior to the Georgia Tech's three-game streak, Clemson had
won eight in a row over the Yellow Jackets in ACC Tournament play.



The Starting Pitchers

        Neither
team has determined a starter for Wednesday's game.  Georgia
Tech has a 4.13 team ERA and 2.93 team strikeout-to-walk ratio. 
Clemson sports a 4.06 team ERA and .257 opponents' batting
average.



Georgia Tech Overview

        Georgia
Tech, led by ninth-year Head Coach Danny Hall, is coming off two wins
in three games against North Carolina in Atlanta, GA.  The 2000
ACC Tournament Champions are hitting .332 this year, led by Victor
Menocal's .382 batting average.  Eric Patterson, a leading
candidate for ACC Rookie-of-the-Year, is hitting .373 with a .464
on-base percentage and 33 stolen bases.  Georgia Tech has 113
steals as a team, including eight players with at least seven steals. 
Freshman Jeremy Slayden is hitting .349 with 16 homers and 53 RBIs as
well.  Georgia Tech has a .960 team fielding percentage.



Clemson Overview

        Clemson
enters the ACC Tournament after a three-game sweep to the hands of #2
Florida State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  The Tigers, who are
hitting .328, are led by Khalil Greene, who is hitting .476 with 21
homers and 73 RBIs.  Greene needs just four hits to move into
second place in NCAA history for hits.  Greene is also riding a
22-game hitting streak, tied for fourth-longest in Clemson history. 
Jeff Baker is hitting .332 with 21 homers and 70 RBIs, as he has 55
career long balls in under three seasons.  The Tigers have a .971
fielding percentage, best ever in school history.



Clemson's ACC Tournament History

        Clemson
has won eight ACC Tournaments in history, more than any other school. 
This is the 29th ACC Baseball Tournament and Clemson has been to the
finals in 19 of the previous 28 tournaments, 10 more  than any
other school.  Clemson has an 84-43 record in ACC Tournament
games.  The 84 wins are 21 more than any other school.  The
Tigers also have the most first-team All-ACC Tournament players with
38, eight more than N.C. State.

        While
Clemson has had unique success in the ACC Tournament, the Tigers will
be looking for their first championship since 1994.  That was
Jack Leggett's first year as Clemson's head coach.  Clemson
defeated Florida State 4-1 in the championship game held in Greenville
Municipal Stadium.

Leggett has been on the field to accept the
championship trophy twice, however.  In 1993, then Head Coach
Bill Wilhelm was suspended for the  championship game. 
Leggett, then the top assistant for the Tigers, was in charge for that
1993 championship game, an 11-7 win over N.C. State.  Clemson's
eight tournament titles came in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1991,
1993, and 1994.  Wilhelm is credited with the first seven
tournament championships.

        Clemson
has been a consistent team in tournament play.  The Tigers have
won at least two tournament games in 26 of their previous 28
appearances.  The only years Clemson did not win at least two
games were 1998 (0-2) and 2001 (1-2).  While Clemson has not won
the title since 1994, Clemson has been to the championship round four
of the last six years.

        Only nine
times in the 28-year history has a #1 seed won the tournament. 
Clemson has done it five times, while Georgia Tech, and North Carolina
have done it twice each.  Clemson last won the tournament as the
#1 seed in 1994, the last time Clemson won the tournament.

    The Tigers have won the ACC
Tournament with a perfect record five times.  Clemson was 3-0 in
1976 and 1978 in winning both events at Clemson, then had a 4-0 record
in winning the title in Raleigh in 1980.  Clemson's only other
perfect run through the tournament came in 1991, when a Clemson team
that won a record 60 games had a 5-0 mark in the ACC Tournament held
in Greenville, SC.

This will be the second time the tournament has been
held in Saint Pete.  Clemson had a 3-2 record in that '97
tournament and reached the championship round before losing to Florida
State, 10-0. 

     Clemson has a winning record
against every other ACC team in tournament play with the exception of
Florida State.  Clemson is 7-8 against the Seminoles in the
event.  The Tigers are 8-2 against Duke, 10-7 versus Georgia
Tech, 12-0 versus Maryland, 14-9 against North Carolina, 13-9 against
N.C. State, 10-4 versus Virginia and 10-4 versus Wake Forest. 
That computes to an 84-43 record and a .661 winning percentage. 
Only Florida State (.673) has a better winning percentage than Clemson
in ACC Tournament play.

        Clemson was
the dominant team when the ACC Tournament was played in Greenville
from 1987-95.  In those nine tournaments, Clemson posted a 36-12
record, won the event four times, and finished second on two other
occasions.  Clemson won at least three games in eight of the nine
tournaments held in Greenville.

    The success was reflected in the
attendance.  Each of the top eight ACC tournament crowds in
history were held in Greenville, including the record 43,675 that
attended the 1992 event.  The last time the tournament was held
in Saint Petersburg, FL, 32,141 attended, the largest attendance for
the tournament since it left Greenville in 1996.

    The ACC Tournament began in 1973 and
has been held every year but one since then.  In 1979, Clemson
won the regular-season title and was declared conference champion. 
The tournament was not held because of a scheduling conflict between
school exam schedules and the tournament.  Clemson has been the
declared conference champion 13 times in its history, more than any
other school.

  Clemson will enter the ACC tournament as the #4
seed this year.  The Tigers have won the tournament without being
a top three seed just once.  That came in 1993, Bill Wilhelm's
final season, when the Tigers were 11-11 in the regular season and
seeded fifth in the tournament.



Clemson's ACC Tourney Championships Years

Year       
Seed   
W-L    
ACC     Total  
Site

1976       
1      
3-0    
10-2    36-15  
Clemson

1978    
1      
3-0    
10-2    39-14  
Clemson

1980    
3      
4-0    
6-5     38-21  
Raleigh

1981    
1      
5-1    
10-4    34-24  
Chapel Hill

1989 2      
5-0    
13-5    50-20  
Greenville

1991  1      
5-0    
18-3    60-10  
Greenville

1993  5      
5-1     11-11  
45-20   Greenville

1994  1      
4-1    
20-4    57-18  
Greenville

     
       

ACC Tournament Records

Rk       
School  W-L    
Pct.

1.  Florida State  
35-17   .673

2.  Clemson 84-43  
.661

3.  Georgia Tech   
46-35   .568

4.  N.C. State     
63-50   .558

5.  North Carolina 
54-46   .540

6.  Wake Forest    
39-48   .448

7. 
Virginia       
30-50   .375

8.  Duke   
16-46   .258

9. 
Maryland       
15-47   .242



ACC Tournament Championships

1.      Clemson
8

2.     Georgia
Tech    5

3.     North Carolina 
4

       N.C.
State      4

       Wake
Forest     4

6.     Florida State  
2

7.    
Virginia       
1

8.     Duke   
0

      
Maryland       
0



ACC Tournament Championship Round Appearances

1.       
Clemson 19

2.    N.C.
State      9

3.     North Carolina 
8

4.     Georgia
Tech    7

5.     Florida State  
5

       Wake
Forest     5

7.    
Virginia       
2

8.    
Maryland       
1

9.     Duke   
0



First-Team All-ACC Tournament Selections

1.     Clemson
38

2.    N.C.
State      30

3.    Florida State  
26

4.    Georgia Tech   
23

5.    Wake
Forest     20

6.      North
Carolina  16

7.   
Virginia       
12

8.    Duke   
3

9.    
Maryland       
0


NCAA Regional Information

        The
pairings, brackets, and site selection for the 64-team field will be
announced on espn2 on Monday, May 27 at 12:30 PM EDT.  In
previous years, the sites have been announced the week before the
pairings, but that is not the case this year.  The pairings and
sites will be announced at the same time.

  Clemson has played host to an NCAA Regional
Tournament eight times in its history, including  six of the last
eight seasons.  The Tigers have a 24-6 record in home NCAA
Tournament Regionals, including a 17-2 record in home NCAA Tournament
games since 1995.  Clemson's only home losses in NCAA
Tournament games since 1995 came in 1998, a 2-1 loss to South Alabama
in 16 innings, and an 8-5 loss to eventual NCAA Champion Southern
California.

        The Clemson
Athletic Department has established ticket prices for the Sub-Regional
and Super Regional tournaments if the Tigers are selected as a host
site.  Call the ticket office at 1-800-CLEMSON for further
information.



Sub-Regional

All-Tournament Pass   $60

Reserved Game Seat   $10

General Admission Game Seat  $7



Super Regional

All-Tournament Pass     $30

Reserved Game Seat   $10

General Admission Game Seat  $7



NCAA Tourney Announcements & Games Timeline

Date      
Time    Announcement

5-27       
12:30   Televised (espn2) selection
show to announce teams, sites, pairings

5-31-2      
        NCAA
Regional Tournaments

6-3    3:00   
Super Regional site selection press conference

6-7-9    
       
Super Regional Tournaments

6-10  3:00    Press
conference to announce first-round pairings for College World
Series

6-14         
College World Series Begins

6-22 1:30    Championship
game of College World Series

Note:  All times PM & EDT

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