Clemson Baseball Earns 18th Straight NCAA Tourney Bid


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Tigers Earn #2 Seed at Athens Regional


Clemson (36-24), ranked as high as #22, received a #2 seed at the Athens (GA) Regional to be played June 4-6 at Foley Field. The Tigers will play #3-seed and Birmingham-Southern (46-16) Friday at 7:00 PM EDT. Top-seed and host Georgia (38-20) will play Middle Tennessee (40-20) Friday at 3:00 PM. The two losers will play Saturday at 11:00 AM, while the two winners will play Saturday at 3:00 PM. The winner of the second game Saturday will play in the championship round Sunday at 2:00 PM, while the loser of the second game Saturday will play the winner of the first game Saturday at 7:00 PM. If the unbeaten team loses Sunday, there will be another game 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game Sunday to determine the regional champion. The winner of the Athens Regional will play the winner of the Atlanta (GA) Regional from June 11-13 at a site to be determined.


Comparison of Athens Regional Teams
Category     	UGA     CU      BSC     MTS
Record       	38-20   36-24   46-16   40-20
Batting Avg     .297    .298    .304    .297
Runs/Games  	7.1     6.9     7.2     6.6
Home Runs    	52      65      53      67
Steals        	63-92   76-98   104-122 61-92
ERA        	4.13    4.22    3.76    3.85
K/BB        	2.22    2.28    2.15    3.22
Opp. BA     	.259    .261    .262    .255
Fielding %  	.969    .962    .973    .963
NCAA Tourneys   7th     30th    1st     13th


Clemson's NCAA Tournament History


The 2004 season marks Clemson's 30th trip to an NCAA Regional dating back to the 1947 season. That year, Clemson actually advanced to the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament, but it is not considered a College World Series season because only two teams went to the CWS in those days.

Clemson won the 1947 District III Tournament in Charlotte by coming through the losers bracket. The Tigers, coached by Randy Hinson, lost in the first round to Alabama 8-2, then came back with a win over Auburn and two wins over Alabama to advance. Clemson's season ended when a Yale team, led by future President George Bush, defeated the Tigers in New Haven, CT, 7-3. Bush was 1-for-3 as the starting first baseman.

Clemson made its first trip to the College World Series in 1958 when the Tigers again came through the losers bracket. After losing to Florida in the first round, Clemson came back to defeat George Washington, Florida State, and Florida twice to advance under first year coach Bill Wilhelm. Clemson defeated Florida 15-14 and 3-1 on June 9 to advance. Harold Stowe struck out 17 in that second game on June 9 and that is still a Clemson single-game record for strikeouts in an NCAA Tournament game.


The Tigers advanced to the CWS in 1959, this time with three easy wins; one over Georgia Tech and two over Florida State. One of the wins over the Seminoles was a 24-2 victory in Gastonia, NC. That tally is still tied for the most runs scored by Clemson in an NCAA Tourney game.

The Tigers did not advance to Omaha again until 1976. In fact, Clemson made just one NCAA Tournament appearance between 1960 and 1974. That was in 1967 when Clemson reached the Regional Championship, but lost to Auburn 6-5.

Clemson made it to Omaha three out of five years between 1976-80. Clemson won a regional in Columbia, SC in 1976 with three straight wins, then came through the losers bracket in Miami (FL) in 1977 to advance to Omaha. The 1980 season was the first year Clemson played host to a regional, as Clemson swept three games by scoring 45 runs, including 17 in a 17-12 win over South Carolina.

Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament every year since 1987, making College World Series trips in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, and 2002. Clemson's streak of 18 consecutive regionals is the third-longest active streak in the nation behind Miami (FL) (32) and Florida State (28). Clemson's streak is also tied for the fourth-longest in college baseball history.

Consecutive Years in Regionals to Date
Rk  School  			App.
1.  Miami (FL)      		32
2.  Florida State   		27
3.  Clemson 			18
4.  Louisiana State 		17
5.  Cal. State-Fullerton    	14
6.  Stanford		        12
7.  Rice    			11

All-Time Consecutive Regional Appearances
Rk   School  		App.    Years
1. Miami (FL)      	32      1973-04
2. Florida State   	27      1978-04
3. Oklahoma State  	19      1981-99
4. Texas   		18      1979-96
5. Clemson 		18      1987-04
6. Northern Colorado    15      1952-66
7. Georgia Tech    	14      1985-98
   Wichita State   	14      1987-00

All-Time Regional Appearances
Rk  School  	    App.
1.  Texas   	    48
2.  Florida State   42
3.  So California   35
4.  Miami (FL)      33
    Oklahoma State  33
6.  Clemson         30
7.  Saint John's    28


Overall, Clemson has been to a regional in 30 seasons (including 2004), sixth-best all-time. Clemson's all-time record in NCAA play is 81-62, a .566 winning percentage.

Clemson is 36-22 (.621) under Head Coach Jack Leggett in NCAA Tournament play, including a 24-5 record in home NCAA Tournament games. Leggett has taken Clemson to a Regional all 11 years he has been Clemson's head coach, and the Tigers have advanced to the College World Series four times. Leggett has taken Clemson to the Super Regional four of the five years that format has been in existence.

Clemson's College World Series Seasons
Year Site    	     Record  Clinch Win vs.  	CWS
1958 Gastonia, NC    4-1     Florida, 	3-1 	1-2
1959 Gastonia, NC    3-0     Florida State, 5-0 1-2
1976 Columbia, SC    3-0     Furman, 6-2       	1-2
1977 Miami, FL       3-1     Miami (FL), 10-9   1-2
1980 Clemson, SC     3-0     S Carolina, 17-12  0-2
1991 Orono, ME       4-0     Maine, 13-5     	0-2
1995 Clemson, SC     4-0     Alabama, 7-4    	0-2
1996 Clemson, SC     4-0     Tennessee, 12-5 	2-2
2000 Clemson, SC     5-0     Miss St, 9-4  	1-2
2002 Clemson, SC     5-1     Arkansas, 7-4   	2-2


Tiger NCAA Marks Held by Current Tigers


Two Tigers hold school records in the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, Zane Green hit six homers in 10 NCAA Tournament games, setting a new Tiger mark. Ironically, those are the only six homers of his career in 194 career games. Righthander Patrick Hogan also made five relief appearances in the 2002 tourney, tying the Clemson mark.


Clemson #17 in Unofficial RPI


The only rating system the NCAA uses to determine selections and seedings is the RPI, or the Ratings Percentage Index. Although the NCAA does not release its official RPI, Boyd Nation has come up with an RPI index that is all but the same as the official RPI. He uses numbers from previous seasons to verify his formulas.

In the May 31 release (listed at BoydsWorld.com), his RPI index has Clemson #17. The Tigers play one of the toughest schedules in the nation during the 2004 season. Clemson can thank a tough non-conference schedule for its high RPI ranking. Of the Tigers' 60 games, 36 have been against teams ranked in the top 35 of the RPI. The Tigers also have 18 wins against teams in the top 50 of the RPI. The RPI only counts games against Division I teams and is for games through May 30.

Boyd Nation's Unofficial RPI By Team
Rk      Team    	W-L     Rating
1.      Miami (FL)      44-11   .660
2.      Texas   	50-13   .645
3.      Arizona State   40-16   .631
4.      South Carolina  45-15   .628
5.      Florida 	40-20   .618
6.      Florida State   42-20   .617
7.      Louisiana State 41-17   .617
8.      Mississippi     39-19   .614
9.      Stanford        44-12   .614
10.     Georgia Tech    41-19   .609
11.     Georgia 	38-20   .609
12.     Arkansas        39-21   .608
13.     Vanderbilt      42-17   .607
14.     Rice    	43-12   .606
15.     East Carolina   48-11   .605
16.     Virginia        42-13   .605
17.     Clemson 	36-24   .603
18.     Texas A&M       39-19   .600
19.     Notre Dame      46-10   .600
20.     Cal. State-Ful  36-20   .597


Boyd Nation's Unofficial RPI By Conference

Rk      Conference      W-L     Rating
1.      Southeastern    426-239 .596
2.      Big 12  	339-218 .574
3.      Pacific 10      273-193 .572
4.      Atlantic Coast  285-199 .566
5.      Big West        244-192 .543

Ranking Clemson's Opponents By RPI
Rk      Team    	*GP     *W-L    ^W-L    Rating
4.      South Carolina  4       2-2     45-15   .628
6.      Florida State   3       1-2     42-20   .617
10.     Georgia Tech    4       0-4     41-19   .609
11.     Georgia 	2       2-0     38-20   .609
15.     East Carolina   2       0-2     48-11   .605
16.     Virginia        3       0-3     42-13   .605
21.     N.C. State      4       4-0     35-22   .596
30.     Texas Tech      3       1-2     35-19   .581
33.     North Carolina  5       3-2     41-19   .580
34.     Auburn  	3       1-2     32-24   .579
35.     Central Florida 3       1-2     44-16   .579
39.     Coastal Car     1       1-0     40-21   .572
46.     College of Char 2       2-0     45-14   .559
67.     Winthrop        1       1-0     37-23   .538
82.     The Citadel     1       1-0     38-26   .523
85.     Elon    	2       1-1     31-28   .522
99.     Georgia So      2       2-0     34-25   .517
124.    Gardner-Webb    1       1-0     31-25   .505
131.    Duke    	3       2-1     25-31   .502
142.    Charleston So   1       1-0     20-33   .495
148.    Western Car     1       1-0     28-31   .492
168.    Charlotte       1       0-1     20-32   .482
170.    Wake Forest     3       3-0     17-33   .480
176.    Furman  	1       1-0     21-33   .477
186.    Maryland        3       3-0     22-34   .473
201.    Wofford 	1       1-0     17-30   .461


* - head-to-head and through May 30;

^ - overall (against Division I teams only);

Note: There are 287 schools that play Division I baseball;

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