Clemson opens with Morehead St. in regional play


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Brooks Crawford will throw for the Tigers in the opener, looking to improve on an 8-2 record.
Brooks Crawford will throw for the Tigers in the opener, looking to improve on an 8-2 record.

The Tigers host the Clemson Regional this weekend as the No. 1 seed with No. 2 seed Vanderbilt, No. 3 seed St. John's and No. 4 seed Morehead State.

REGIONAL SETUP

• Who - Morehead State (37-24) vs. Clemson (45-14)

• Best Rankings - MOR - NR; CU - No. 2 Collegiate Baseball

• When - Friday (6 p.m.)

• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)

• Watch - ESPN3

• Video Announcers - Chris Burke, Taylor Zarzour

• Listen (Radio) - WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate

• Listen (Internet) - ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn

• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com

• Social Media - ClemsonBaseball

• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON

SERIES HISTORY

• Overall Record - Clemson leads 5-0 (1997-13)

• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 5-0 (1997-13)

• Record in NCAA Tournament - 0-0

STARTING PITCHERS

• LHP Dalton Stambaugh (MOR - 7-3, 6.17 ERA) vs. RHP Brooks Crawford (CU - 8-2, 3.35)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

• The Tigers, who are 19-3 in their last 22 games, won two of three games in the ACC Tournament at Durham, N.C., last weekend.

• The Tigers are averaging 6.5 runs per game and hitting .261 with a .379 on-base percentage and 48 steals.

• The pitching staff has a 3.36 ERA, .233 opponents’ batting average and 2.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .975.

MOREHEAD STATE OVERVIEW

• Morehead State is led by sixth-year head coach Mike McGuire.

• The Eagles won the OVC Tournament title with a 5-1 record. They are hitting .317 and have a 5.89 ERA and .968 fielding percentage.

• Braxton Morris is hitting .374 with seven homers and 59 RBIs, while Trevor Snyder (18) and Niko Hulsizer (12) lead the team in homers.

TIGERS IN THE CLEMSON REGIONAL

• Clemson (45-14), the No. 1 seed, opens the Clemson Regional by playing No. 4 seed Morehead State (37-24) on Friday at 6 p.m., on ESPN3.

• The Tigers are the designated home team on Friday and will be in the first-base dugout for all their Clemson Regional games.

• The winner of Clemson’s game plays the winner of Friday’s game between No. 2 seed Vanderbilt (31-25) and No. 3 seed St. John's (39-15).

• Clemson is the No. 10 overall seed.

• The winner of the Clemson Regional plays the winner of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional from June 8-11.

• Clemson won both midweek games against Morehead State in 2013 and swept the Eagles in three games in 1997.

• Clemson is 3-3 vs. Vanderbilt. The Tigers played in the 2014 Nashville Regional and won one of three meetings in the 2017 Clemson Regional.

• Clemson is 5-1 vs. St. John’s. The last meeting was a 3-2 Tiger win in the 2007 Myrtle Beach Regional. The only game at Clemson was in 1975.

CORBIN, HAMPTON RETURN TO CLEMSON

• Tim Corbin, now in his 16th year as head coach at Vanderbilt, was an assistant coach at Clemson for nine seasons (1994-02).

• Corbin was on the staff of four College World Series teams (1995,96,00,02) at Clemson and helped the Tigers average 48 wins in nine years.

• One of the players Corbin coached as an assistant at Clemson in 1994 was Mike Hampton, now in his 17th year as an assistant at St. John’s.

• Hampton hit .380 with 11 homers, 21 doubles, four triples, 70 RBIs, 84 runs and 39 steals as a first-team All-America third baseman in 1994.

• Hampton, who played two seasons (1993,94) at Clemson and graduated in 1997, served as a Tiger volunteer assistant in 1999 alongside Corbin.

• It is the second time Corbin (2002) and Hampton (1999) have coached a game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium since their final seasons at Clemson.

• Both Vanderbilt and St. John's played in the 2017 Clemson Regional.

CLEMSON REGIONAL STRONG

• The four teams in the Clemson Regional have combined for 101 NCAA Tournament appearances (including 2018).

• Clemson is making its 43rd appearance, followed by 37 by St. John’s, 17 by Vanderbilt and four by Morehead State.

• Clemson Regional’s 101 combined NCAA Tournament berths are tied for third most of any regional, trailing Tallahassee (130) and Austin (105).

• In both 2015 and 2016, Clemson played in a regional with the most combined appearances by the teams (2015 Fullerton, 2016 Clemson).

• The 2017 Clemson Regional featured the third-most combined appearances by the teams.

TIGERS HOST REGIONAL FOR 16TH TIME

• Clemson is hosting an NCAA regional for the 16th time in history in 2018.

• Clemson hosted a regional in 2016 and 2017. From 1994 to 2011 (18 years), the Tigers hosted a regional 11 times.

• Clemson is one of only four schools (Florida, Florida State, Texas Tech) to host a regional each of the last three years.

CLEMSON’S NCAA TOURNEY HISTORY

• The Tigers play in their 43rd all-time NCAA regional when it competes in the 2018 Clemson Regional.

• The 43 appearances are fifth most in NCAA history, trailing only Texas (59), Florida State (56), Miami (Fla.) (45) and Oklahoma State (44).

• Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament every year since 1987 except one (2008), or 31 of the last 32 years (including 2018).

• Clemson is one of only six schools in the nation to play in the NCAA Tournament each of the last 10 seasons (including 2018).

• The others are Cal State Fullerton, Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

• Clemson has made nine super regional appearances, with its last in 2010.

• The Tigers have made 12 trips to the College World Series, with its last in 2010.

• Clemson has a 118-91 record (.565) in NCAA Tournament games.

QUICK HITS

• Clemson, Florida and Louisville are the only schools to win 42+ games each of the last three seasons.

• Clemson is 30-3 when outhitting the opponent and 12-10 when getting outhit.

Seth Beer, Logan Davidson and Kyle Wilkie are tied for the team lead in multiple-hit games (19).

ACC TOURNAMENT RECAP

• Clemson had a 2-1 record in the ACC Tournament at Durham, N.C., from May 23-26.

• The Tigers defeated Notre Dame 21-4 and Miami (Fla.) 7-1 before falling to No. 7 Florida State 5-4 in the semifinal round.

• The Tigers set the ACC Tournament record for runs in an inning with 17 in the fourth inning against Notre Dame on May 23.

• In the 17-run fourth inning, Logan Davidson became the first Tiger in history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in one inning.

• Clemson also set a school ACC Tournament record for batting average (.472) in a game against Notre Dame.

• Seth Beer earned All-ACC Tournament honors by going 5-for-11 (.455) with three doubles, a homer, four RBIs and a .600 on-base percentage.

• Logan Davidson earned All-ACC Tournament honors by going 4-for-15 (.267) with two homers, a double, seven RBIs and three runs.

Chris Williams earned All-ACC Tourney honors by going 7-for-10 (.700) with three homers, two doubles, 10 RBIs and a .786 on-base percentage.

• Williams, who was also one of four national players-of-the-week by Collegiate Baseball, tied Clemson's ACC Tournament record with 10 RBIs.

HALL SHOWING HIS VERSATILITY

• With several Tigers coming down with injury late in the season, freshman Sam Hall has made the most of his opportunity to step in and start.

• He has the versatility to play in the infield and outfield. He has been the starter in left field in recent weeks.

• He is hitting .234 with two homers, three doubles, seven RBIs, 16 runs and six steals in 22 games (18 starts) in 2018.

• He has not committed an error in 36 chances, including 17 as an infielder.

• He tied Clemson's ACC Tournament record for runs (4) when he went 1-for-1 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch against Notre Dame on May 23.

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