Tigers to Face Top-Ranked Stanford Sunday in Winners' Bracket
CLEMSON, SC -- Clemson and Stanford (48-15), whose one and only meeting on the
diamond came in the 1995 College World Series, will square off Sunday at
3:00 PM EDT in the winners' bracket at Rosenblatt Stadium. Clemson (51-16)
will be the home team and occupy the third-base dugout. The winner of the
game will next play on Wednesday at 7:00 PM EDT against one of the three
other teams in the bracket. The loser will the San Jose State vs.
Louisiana-Lafayette winner Tuesday at 3:00 PM EDT.
Stanford defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 6-4 Friday, while Clemson
downed San Jose State 10-6. It was Clemson's first opening-game win in its
last six trips to Omaha. In the 1995 game between the Tigers and Cardinal,
Stanford eliminated Clemson with an 8-3 win. The two teams have had two
common opponents in 2000, San Jose State and Florida State. Clemson
defeated the Spartans on Friday, while Stanford went 1-1 against San Jose
State in a home-and-home series. Against Florida State, Clemson went 4-0,
including three wins at Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium and another win in
the ACC Tournament. The Cardinal played at Florida State in an
early-season series. The Seminoles took two of three games over the
Cardinal. Stanford is making its 12th trip to Omaha. Stanford has a 26-20
record in Omaha as well.
Stanford's road to Omaha started with wins over Fresno State and
Alabama in its own regional. After a 14-9 loss to the Crimson Tide,
Stanford advanced with a 16-6 win over Alabama. In the Super Regional in
Palo Alto against Nebraska, the Cornhuskers won game one by a 7-3 score.
But the Cardinal responded with two wins by 7-1 and 5-3 scores.
The Cardinal, led by 24th-year Head Coach Mark Marquess, entered
the College World Series with a .309 team batting average and 3.83 ERA.
The team entered holding opponents to a .223 batting average. Stanford
also entered among the national leaders with a .972 fielding percentage.
The Cardinal is also 21-6 away from home.
Joe Borchard and Edmund Muth both have 19 homers and over 72 RBIs
to lead the Cardinal hitting attack. John Gall entered with a .344 batting
average with 11 homers and 69 RBIs. Stanford is expected to start junior
righthander Justin Wayne (14-3, 3.08 ERA). Wayne has six complete games
and a .223 opponent batting average in 18 starts (131.1 innings pitched).
He also has 145 strikeouts against just 39 walks (3.7 strikeout-to-walk
ratio). Wayne has a career record of 30-4. Jeff Bruksch also has 13 saves
out of the bullpen. Clemson's starter on the mound will be a gameday
Clemson has two players and a coach from the west coast. Nick
Glaser and Ryan Riley were teammates at Edmonds Community College in
Washington for two seasons. Their coach at Edmonds, Hank King, is in his
first season as a Tiger Assistant Coach. Both Riley and Glaser are natives
of Washington. Recruiting coordinator Tim Corbin has made several
recruiting trips to the west coast, an area of emphasis, in recent years.
Clemson Making Ninth Trip to College World Series
Clemson is making its ninth trip to the College World Series in its
history, and its first since 1996. Clemson also made it to Omaha in 1995
and 1991. In 1996, Clemson went 2-2, including dramatic wins over Oklahoma
State and Alabama. The 1996 team featured the likes of National
Player-of-the-Year Kris Benson and All-American Billy Koch.
This year's team is quite a contrast from the 1996 team. There are
no All-Americans and no players whose numbers jump out at. There are even
no 2000 first-team all-conference players on this year's squad. But there
was a tenacious desire of 25 players and four coaches, in particular Jack
Leggett, to make it back to Omaha.
Clemson is 7-16 all-time in Omaha. The Tigers made it to Omaha in
Bill Wilhelm's first two seasons at Clemson, 1958 and 1959. He also guided
Clemson to Omaha in 1976, 1977, 1980, and 1991. Wilhelm was 4-12 in the
College World Series. Jack Leggett has taken Clemson to two previous
College World Series, 1995 and 1996. He owns a 3-4 record in Omaha.
Leggett was a member of Maine's baseball team that played in the College
World Series in 1976.
Year Games Record Combined Score Head Coach
1958 3 1-2 10-23 Bill Wilhelm
1959 3 1-2 9-11 Bill Wilhelm
1976 3 1-2 17-17 Bill Wilhelm
1977 3 1-2 20-15 Bill Wilhelm
1980 2 0-2 9-19 Bill Wilhelm
1991 2 0-2 15-20 Bill Wilhelm
1995 2 0-2 4-11 Jack Leggett
1996 4 2-2 30-39 Jack Leggett
2000 1 1-0 10-6 Jack Leggett
Total 23 7-16 124-161
Clemson's NCAA Tournament History
Clemson (51-16) enters the game against Stanford with more wins
than it's totaled since 1996, when Clemson finished 51-17. The 1996 season
was the last trip to Omaha for the Tigers. The Tigers have now
participated in 26 NCAA Tournaments overall and 14 in a row. Only Miami
(FL), Florida State. Clemson has also won at least one game in all 14 of
the regionals. Clemson's 26 appearances also ranks seventh in the nation,
while the 14-year run ranks tied for sixth all-time in NCAA history.
Clemson has a 70-53 (.569) all-time record in the tournament, including a
41-27 (.603) record during the 14-year run. Jack Leggett has a 25-13
(.658) record in NCAA Tourney play as the Tiger Head Coach as well.
Leggett was 4-10 in the tourney at Western Carolina in five years
(1985-89), therefore is 29-23 (.558) in 11 career NCAA Tourneys.
Last season, Clemson lost in the opening round of the Fayetteville
(AR) Regional to Southwest Missouri State by a 23-5 score. But in the next
two days, Clemson won four games, including two over Southwest Missouri
State to advance to the Super Regional at College Station (TX), hosted by
Texas A&M. After getting blitzed in the first game 20-3, Clemson won game
two 10-3 and led in game three 4-3 entering the top of the ninth inning;
but two solo homers off Tiger star closer Chris Heck ended the Tiger season.
Tiger Streaks Rank Third Best in the Country
Clemson has won at least 40 games for 15 straight seasons. The
Tigers reached that mark against #4 Florida State on May 8, a 7-4 Tiger
win. Clemson is also participate in its 14th straight NCAA Tournament.
Both marks rank in the top-three in the country currently. Clemson is tied
for third in the nation in consecutive tournament appearances, trailing
only Miami (FL) (28) and Florida State (23). Wichita State also a 14-year
run in the tournament. As far as consecutive 40-win seasons, Clemson is
third in the country with its 15-year streak. The Tigers trail only
Florida State (23) and Wichita State (23) in that area.
Tiger Bats Alive And Well in Postseason
Clemson's 9-2 record in postseason play can be attributed to the
hot Tiger bats, as Clemson is hitting .345 in its 11 postseason games. The
Tigers are averaging 9.5 runs per game and 12.5 hits per contest. The team
also has a .429 on-base percentage and is 21-27 on stolen bases. The
Tigers have committed just 12 errors in 11 games for a .972 fielding
In the 11 postseason games, Henrí Stanley leads the team with a
.579 batting average and a .680 on-base percentage. Justin Singleton is
hitting .364, while Patrick Boyd is hitting .408 with two homers and 16
RBIs and a .482 on-base percentage. Casey Stone is hitting .358 with 12
RBIs. Jeff Baker also has four homers and 14 RBIs in the postseason.
Khalil Greene is hitting at a .367 clip with seven doubles, a triple, and
homer in the postseason as well.
In the 2000 NCAA Tournament, Tiger pitchers have a 2.50 ERA, which
is odd due to the fact that the five starting pitchers have averaged just
4.1 innings. Therefore the relievers have averaged just under 4.2 innings
in the six games. In 27.1 innings, Tiger relief pitchers have allowed just
two earned runs for a 0.66 ERA. The foursome of Kevin Lynn, Steve Reba,
Nick Glaser, and Matt Additon have also allowed just 16 hits and three
walks in those 27.1 innings.
* Jeff Baker has 11 homers in 2000. No other Tiger has more than six. His
11 homers is tied for second most by a Tiger freshman in a season. Matthew
LeCroy hit 15 long balls in 1995 and Jim McCollom hit 11 homers in 1982.
* Khalil Greene is hitting a team-best .364 overall. He is also hitting a
team-best .447 with runners in scoring position. In 14 career NCAA
Tournament games, Greene has 11 doubles
* Casey Stone is 38-for-his-last-83 (.458) over the last 19 games. He is
also 64-for-160 (.400) since becoming the everyday leadoff hitter 36 games
* After starting the season 1-for-28, Justin Singleton is 33-for-86 (.384)
since. He is also hitting .471 (8-for-17) in the NCAA Tournament and has
raised his overall batting average to .298.
* Patrick Boyd is a career .447 hitter in 17 career NCAA Tournament games.
* Henrí Stanley is 9-for-14 (.643) with a .722 on-base percentage in the
2000 NCAA Tournament. In his career, Stanley is hitting .375 with a .514
on-base percentage in 19 career NCAA Tourney games.
* Ryan Riley is hitting .300 overall, but is hitting .404 with two outs and
.414 with runners in scoring position.
* Nick Glaser's 15 saves is the most in a season in Tiger history. He
broke the record of 14, held Scott Winchester (1995). He was named a
Third-Team All-American by NCBWA.
* Scott Berney started the season by not allowing a run in his first 32.2
innings pitched, which is a Clemson record.
* In Kevin Lynn's last four outings (22.0 innings pitched), he is 3-0 with
a save along with a 2.05 ERA, 18 strikeouts, and only one walk.
* Jeff Baker and Jarrod Schmidt were both named Freshman All-Americans by
* Seven of Clemson's 25 players on the postseason roster are freshman.
* Clemson has a .347 team batting average in its six NCAA Tournament games.
Meanwhile, the pitching staff has a 2.50 ERA and .227 opponent batting
average in the NCAA Tourney.
* Clemson pitchers have thrown 27.1 innings out of the bullpen in the NCAA
Tournament this season. They have allowed just two earned runs (0.66 ERA)
and 16 hits.
* Clemson is 7-3 in one-run games and 8-3 in two-run games this year.
* Clemson is 36-2 when it totals 10 hits or more in a game. The two losses
came at #1 South Carolina in 12 innings and against #3 Georgia Tech in the
ACC Tournament. Both scores were 9-8.
* Clemson was 37-5 at home this season, breaking the school record for home
wins. The Tigers broke the record of 34 set in 1996.
* Clemson averaged 2,833 fans in its 39 home dates. That is a 874-fan per
date increase from last season. Both Super Regional games saw the school
attendance record fall, as 6,392 fans saw Clemson down Mississippi State on
June 3 to advance to the College World Series.
Individual Player Miscellaneous Batting Stats
Below is a look at Tiger batters' batting averages in certain
Overall Bases Two
# Player Average Loaded Outs RISP
14 Khalil Greene .364 .400 .371 .447
26 Casey Stone .357 .500 .373 .351
19 Jeff Baker .320 .400 .305 .282
1 Henrí Stanley .312 .100 .300 .255
31 Michael Johnson .308 .375 .265 .244
42 Ryan Riley .300 .250 .404 .414
11 Justin Singleton .298 .500 .261 .405
33 Mike Calitri .297 .833 .232 .308
24 Patrick Boyd .292 .500 .367 .373
41 Brian Ellis .291 .400 .277 .352
2 Bradley LeCroy .280 .000 .184 .176
9 Steve Pyzik .242 ----- .143 .300
25 Jarrod Schmidt .230 .250 .236 .203
15 Ryan Hub .229 .000 .231 .267
8 Brian Holstad .206 1.000 .267 .308
TEAM .306 .385 .302 .326
OPPONENTS .260 .225 .210 .254