Clemson to Host Baseball Regional as #2 National Seed
CLEMSON -- Clemson drew the No. 2 national seed and will be the No. 1 regional seed when it plays host to the Clemson Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend in the NCAA Baseball Tournament, the NCAA Baseball Committee announced Monday.
All-time NCAA Regional Apperances
All-time Consecutive Regional Appearances
Clemson has celebrated a trip to Omaha by winning a regional
Top Eight Overall Seeds
1. Florida State
6. South Carolina
7. Wake Forest
Clemson, S.C Regional
1. Clemson (47-14)
4. Georgia Southern (38-23)
3. Elon (34-21)
2. East Carolina (41-18-1)
Clemson's NCAA Tournament History
This will be Clemson's 28th 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 four teams went to the CWS
in those days.
Clemson won the District III Tournament in Charlotte that
year by coming through the losers bracket. The Tigers of Coach Randy
Hinson lost in the first round to Alabama 8-2, then came back with a
win over Auburn and two wins over Alabama on to advance to the
next stage. 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 one-for-three as the starting first baseman for Yale that
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 9th that year to advance. Harold Stowe struck out 17 in
that second game on June 9th 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 That is
still tied for the most runs scored by Clemson in an NCAA tournament
That was Clemson's last trip to Omaha 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 in 1977
to advance. The 1980 season was the first year Clemson played host
to a regional and Clemson swept three games by scoring 45 runs,
including 17 in a 17-12 win over South Carolina.
The Tigers have been to the NCAA Tournament every year since
1987, making College World Series appearances in 1991, 1995, 1996 and
2000. Clemson's streak of 16 consecutive regionals is the third
longest active streak in the country behind Miami (FL) with 30 and
Florida State's 25 in a row. Clemson's streak of 16 in a row is the
fifth longest streak in college baseball history.
Consecutive Years in NCAA Regionals
Rk School Years
1. Miami (FL) 30
1. Florida State 25
2. Clemson 16
3. LSU 15
4. Cal State Fullerton 12
5. Southern Cal 11
6. Stanford 10
7. Rice 9
1. Texas 46
2. Florida State 40
3. Southern Cal 35
4. Oklahoma State 33
5. Miami (FL) 31
6. Clemson 28
Fresno State 28
8. St. John's 27
1. Miami (FL) 30 1973-02
2. Florida State 25 1978-Pr
3. Oklahoma State 19 1981-99
4. Texas 18 1979-96
5. Clemson 16 1987-Pr
6. Northern Colorado 15 1952-66
7. Georgia Tech 14 1985-98
Wichita State 14 1987-00
9. Texas 12 1965-76
Overall, Clemson has been to 28 regionals (including this
year) and that is sixth all-time. Clemson's overall record in NCAA
play (including the 0-2 in the District II Play- in games of 1954) is
73-59, a .553 winning percentage.
Clemson is 28-17 under Jack Leggett in NCAA tournament play,
including a 19-4 record in home NCAA Tournament games. Leggett has
taken Clemson to a regional all nine years he has been Clemson's head
coach, including the College World Series three times. Leggett has
taken Clemson to the Super Regional each of the three years that
format has been in existence. Clemson is one of six teams nationally
to go to three straight Super Regionals.
Last year Clemson won the Clemson Regional with a win over
Williams & Mary (4-1), and two wins over Seton Hall (24-4 and 8-2).
Clemson then had to travel to eventual National Champion Miami (FL),
who defeated Clemson in the Super Regional, 10-8 and 14-6.
Clemson's College World Series Seasons
Year Regional Site Record Clinch Win vs. CWS Rec
1958 Gastonia, NC 4-1 Florida, 3-1 1-2
1959 Gastonia, NC 3-0 Florida St., 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 Mississippi St, 9-4 1-2
Coming Through Losers Bracket
Coming through the losers bracket to advance in the NCAA
Tournament is something Clemson has not done a great deal. However,
the Tigers have done it three times in history with the most recent
occurrence coming in 1999 when Clemson defeated Southwest Missouri
State twice on May 30 to advance to a Super Regional at Texas A&M.
Jack Leggett's team defeated SW Missouri State 8-7 and 7-5
after losing earlier in the tournament to the same team by a 23-5
score. The Tigers nearly duplicated the feat in College Station.
After losing game I 20-3, Clemson defeated the Aggies 10-3 in the
second game. Clemson held a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the
ninth in the third game, but Texas A&M hit a walk-off home run to end
The other two times Clemson has beaten a team twice on the
last day to advance took place in 1947 and 1958. The 1947 wins over
Alabama sent Clemson to the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament, but
not the College World Series. The two wins over Florida on June 9,
1958 did send Clemson to Omaha.
Times Clemson Has Defeated a Team Twice to Advance from a Regional
Date Opponent Site Scores
6-14-47 Alabama Charlotte, NC 1-0, 4-1
6-9-58 Florida Gastonia, NC 15-14, 3-1
5-30-99 SW Missouri St Fayetteville, AR 8-7, 7-5
Clemson To Play Host to NCAA Regional for Ninth Time
This will be the ninth time in history that Clemson has
played host to an NCAA regional at Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson has a
22-6 record in NCAA regional games played at home, including an
active eight-game winning streak heading into the 2002 tournament.
Clemson has not lost a home NCAA Tournament game since 1998 when
Southern Cal defeated the Tigers 8-5 on May 23. That Southern Cal
team went on to win the National Championship.
Clemson first played host to an NCAA regional in 1980. The
Tigers swept through three games that year, including a 17-12 win
over rival South Carolina that clinched Clemson's trip to Omaha.
on its home field four times in history, including each of the last
three times Clemson has advanced to the College World Series. Each
time Clemson has won a regional at home the Tigers have posted a
perfect record. In other words, Clemson has never lost an NCAA
Tournament game at home, then come through the losers bracket to win
This will be the seventh year in the nine seasons Jack
Leggett has been head coach that Clemson has played host to a
regional. The Tigers have a 19-4 NCAA Tournament record at home
under Leggett, including 17 wins in its last 19. The 1994 and 1998
seasons are the only years Clemson failed to advance from a regional
played at home under Leggett.
Clemson did play an NCAA Tournament "Play-in" game in 1954,
but the official NCAA record book does not consider that to be an
NCAA Tournament game, as it is not listed in its record books. That
year, Clemson lost to Virginia Tech in a game at Clemson, 11-10, then
traveled to Blacksburg two days later and lost 7-1.
Clemson at Kingsmore Stadium
Clemson has had strong support from local fans for its NCAA
Tournament regionals in the past. Clemson drew 16,256 fans for the
regional tournament last year, above the 15,770 it had in 2000 for
the regional. The 2000 season also saw Clemson draw 12,700 for two
games in a Super Regional. The Kingsmore Stadium record crowd saw
the Tigers defeated Mississippi State to advance to Omaha that year.
A total of 6,392 fans attended that June 3rd game in 2000. The
regular season single game mark is 6,223 for a 20-1 win over North
Carolina on April 1, 1995.
Clemson has had considerable success at home over the years
and the support of the home fans has a lot to do with that. This
year, Clemson is 31-8 at home with an average attendance of 3396 for
the 39 home dates, highest average on record. Over the years,
Clemson is 775-171 at Kingsmore Stadium, a .819 winning percentage.
Clemson NCAA Regional Attendance Figures Since 1994
Year Teams Reg CU Rec Attendance
1994 six Reg 2-2 20,708
1995 six Reg 4-0 25,600
1996 six Reg 4-0 20,797
1998 six Reg 1-2 19,022
2000 four Reg 3-0 15,770
two Super 2-0 12,700
2001 four Reg 3-0 16,256
Tigers Pursue 50-Win Season
If Clemson can win the Clemson Regional this weekend it will
give the Tigers 50 wins for the season. The Tigers will be seeking
the program's 10th 50-win campaign and fifth under Jack Leggett.
Clemson's first 50-win season came in 1987 under Bill Wilhelm when
the Tigers had a 54-14-1 record. Clemson also won at least 50 in
1988 and 1989, but all three of those clubs reached a regional final
and failed to reach the College World Series.
The 1991 Clemson team did reach the College World Series and
posted a 60-10 record that season, still the ACC mark for wins in a
season. Clemson had the number-one seed in the College World Series
that year, but lost to hometown Creighton in a nationally televised
game on CBS in the first round, then lost on a walk-off home run to
Long Beach State.
Jack Leggett's winningest team was the 1994 Tigers that won
57 contests. That team benefited by a 65-game regular season
schedule, as the Tigers played nine extra games in Hawaii that year.
Each of Leggett's last three CWS teams have won at least 50 games and
finished in the top 10 of all three final polls.
Clemson's 50-win Seasons
(List in Chronological order)
NCAA Final Rankings
Year Record Pct Trn BA-CB-USA
1987 54-14-1 .790 3-2 10-10-NP
1988 54-14-0 .794 2-2 15-21-NP
1989 50-20-0 .714 3-2 14-14-NP
1991 60-10-0 .857 4-2 4-8-NP
1992 50-14-0 .781 1-2 7-10-NP
1994 57-18-0 .760 2-2 4-9-9
1995 54-14-0 .794 4-2 8-8-8
1996 51-17-0 .750 6-2 5-4-4
2000 51-18-0 .739 6-2 7-6-5
Clemson NCAA Marks Held by Current Tigers
Clemson has five active players who already hold or co-hold
Clemson NCAA Tournament records. The list includes the heart of
Clemson's batting order; Khalil Greene, Jeff Baker, Michael Johnson
and Jarrod Schmidt, and All-ACC pitcher Steve Reba.
Greene holds the Clemson record for doubles in an NCAA
Tournament game, doubles in a tournament and career doubles in NCAA
Tournament play. He had three doubles against Arkansas as a freshman
in 1999, tying the record also held by Dave Caldwell, who had three
doubles against Arizona State in a College World Series game in 1977.
Greene had seven doubles in eight games in the 2000 tournament and
has 14 for his career overall.
Greene has set a record for setting records this year and he
should add some NCAA Tournament marks to his list this week. The
senior shortstop has played 21 NCAA games, just three off the record
of 24 held by former teammate Casey Stone. Greene also needs just
three hits to break Stone's career hits mark in NCAA paly, as Greene
has 30, just two behind Stone's 32. Greene is also just on run off
the runs scored mark, as he has19 just one behind Kurt Bultmann and
Henri Stanley. Finally, Greene is just five RBIs shot of Stone's
mark of 23 for a career in NCAA play.
Last year, first baseman Michael Johnson hit four home runs
in the NCAA Tournament, a Clemson standard for round trippers in a
tournament. Johnson needs just two home runs this year to tie Bill
Foley's career record for six for NCAA Tournament play. Johnson is
11-25 in NCAA play in his career.
Third baseman Jeff Baker hit two home runs against Middle
Tennessee State in 2000, tying the Clemson single game NCAA
Tournament mark. Jarrod Schmidt hit .588 in the NCAA Tournament last
year for a record setting batting average given a minimum of 15 at
bats. Schmidt is 11-19 in seven games in his career in NCAA play, a
Reba made four appearances in the 2000 tournament to tie a
Clemson tournament record. He is 3-0 in his career in NCAA
Tournament play. The wins record is five held by Harold Stowe in
Clemson has 13 Top 25 Wins
Clemson has 47 wins entering the NCAA Tournament and 13 of
the victories have come over top 25 teams. In those 13 are eight
wins over top 10 teams and six over top five clubs. This Clemson
team already ranks fourth in most top 25 wins, third in top 10 wins
and tied for second in top five victories.
The Clemson record for top 25 wins in a season is 19 set in
Jack Leggett's first year when the Tigers were 19-12 against ranked
opponents in 1994. Clemson is 8-9 against Top 10 teams this year,
including two recorded just last weekend in the ACC Tournament. The
record for a season is 11, set by the 2000 Clemson team. Leggett's
1994 team had 10 top 10 wins.
That 1994 team had a 7-3 record against top 5 teams. This
year's team has six top five wins, the same total the 2000 club had.
All-time NCAA Regional Apperances
All-time Consecutive Regional Appearances
Clemson has celebrated a trip to Omaha by winning a regional
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