Clemson’s ACC Baseball Tournament Notes


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CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers head to Durham, N.C. for the 42nd ACC Tournament as the No. 5 seed.

TOURNAMENT SETUP
• Who (Wednesday) - Clemson (31-25) vs. Florida State (37-19)
• Who (Thursday) - Louisville (42-14) vs. Clemson (31-25)
• Who (Friday) - North Carolina (32-22) or Virginia Tech (27-26) vs. Clemson (31-25)
• Rankings - CU - NR; FSU - No. 17 BA, No. 10 CB, No. 14 USA; LOU - No. 3 BA, No. 5 CB, No. 4 USA; UNC - NR; VAT - NR
• When - Wednesday (11 a.m.), Thursday (3 p.m.), Friday (3 p.m.)
• Where - Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)
• Watch - RSN
• TV Announcers - Nick Belmonte (Thursday), Dan Bonner (Wednesday, Friday), Wes Durham (Thursday, Friday), Tom Werme (Wednesday)
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network
• CTSN Affiliates - Camden, S.C. (WPUB-FM), Clemson, S.C. (WCCP-FM), Columbia, S.C. (WZMJ-FM)
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)

SERIES HISTORY (FLORIDA STATE)
• Overall Record - Florida State leads 70-63-1 (1958-15)
• Record at Neutral - Clemson leads 13-12 (1958-12)
• Record in ACC Tournament - Florida State leads 11-9 (1992-12)

SERIES HISTORY (LOUISVILLE)
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 7-2 (1970-15)
• Record at Neutral - 0-0
• Record in ACC Tournament - 0-0

SERIES HISTORY (NORTH CAROLINA)
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 99-88-1 (1901-2015)
• Record at Neutral - Clemson leads 15-13 (1901-2013)
• Record in ACC Tournament - Clemson leads 16-12 (1974-13)

SERIES HISTORY (VIRGINIA TECH)
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 41-24-2 (1902-2015)
• Record at Neutral - Clemson leads 5-2 (1902-2010)
• Record in ACC Tournament - Virginia Tech leads 1-0 (2010)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Wednesday - LHP Matthew CrownoverMatthew Crownover
Jr. LH Pitcher
#44 6-0, 210
Ringgold, GA

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(CU) vs. RHP Boomer Biegalski (FSU)
• Thursday - RHP Kyle Funkhouser (LOU) vs. LHP Zack ErwinZack Erwin
Jr. LH Pitcher
#33 6-5, 195
Duluth, GA

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(CU)
• Friday - TBA (UNC or VAT) vs. RHP Jake LongJake Long
RS Sr. RH Pitcher
#39 6-0, 190
Anderson, SC

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(CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson swept No. 8 Florida State by a combined score of 20-7 in a three-game series in Tallahassee last weekend.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.5 runs per game and hitting .289 with a .379 on-base percentage and 59 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.99 ERA, .253 opponents’ batting average and 2.51 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .960.

FLORIDA STATE OVERVIEW
• Florida State is led by 36th-year head coach Mike Martin.
• The Seminoles were swept at home by Clemson last weekend. They are hitting .258 and have a 3.95 ERA and .963 fielding percentage.
• DJ Stewart is hitting a team-high .326 with 13 homers, 50 RBIs, 54 runs, 62 walks and a .514 on-base percentage.

LOUISVILLE OVERVIEW
• Louisville is led by ninth-year head coach Dan McDonnell.
• The Cardinals won two of three games at NC State last weekend. They are hitting .275 and have a 2.65 ERA and .966 fielding percentage.
• Corey Ray is hitting a team-high .329 with 13 doubles, four triples, 11 homers, 48 RBIs, 45 runs and 31 stolen bases.

NORTH CAROLINA OVERVIEW
• North Carolina is led by 17th-year head coach Mike Fox.
• The Tar Heels were swept at home by Virginia last weekend. They are hitting .265 and have a 3.54 ERA and .970 fielding percentage.
• Tyler Ramirez is hitting .291 with nine homers, 39 RBIs and 17 steals, while Skye Bolt is batting .264 with nine homers and 39 RBIs.

VIRGINIA TECH OVERVIEW
• Virginia Tech is led by second-year head coach Pat Mason.
• The Hokies won one of three games at Pittsburgh last weekend. They are hitting .266 and have a 5.17 ERA and .969 fielding percentage.
• Erik Payne is hitting a team-high .347 with nine homers and 53 RBIs, while Brendon Hayden is batting .314 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson is 7-3 against top-25 ranked teams and 6-3 against top-10 ranked teams.
• Clemson (16-13) finished just 0.5 games out of third place in the overall ACC standings.
• ACC Atlantic Division teams combined for a 50-33 record against ACC Coastal Division teams during the regular season.

TIGERS TO PLAY IN 42ND ACC TOURNEY
• Clemson (31-25), the No. 5 seed, opens its ACC Tourney by playing No. 4 seed Florida State (37-19) on Wednesday at 11 a.m. on RSN and ESPN3.
• The Tigers will be the designated visiting team and occupy the first-base dugout Wednesday.
• The Tigers play No. 1 seed Louisville (42-14) on Thursday at 3 p.m. on RSN and ESPN3.
• Clemson will be the designated home team and occupy the third-base dugout Thursday.
• Clemson’s third game is against either No. 8 seed North Carolina (32-22) or No. 9 seed Virginia Tech (27-26) on Friday at 3 p.m.
• Clemson will be the designated visiting team and occupy the first-base dugout Friday for the game on RSN and ESPN3.
• The games will be played at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
• It will be the ninth time the ACC Baseball Tournament is held in Durham and the first time since 2013.
• For the second time under the current format, the tournament has a 10-team field, with two single-elimination games Tuesday.
• The round-robin format, in its ninth year, features two four-team brackets that guarantees the eight teams play a minimum of three games.
• The other bracket features No. 2 seed Miami, No. 3 seed Notre Dame, No. 6 seed NC State, No. 7 seed Virginia and No. 10 seed Georgia Tech.
• The winner of each bracket meets in the ACC Championship Game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
• The title game will be televised by ESPN2 and the winner of the game receives an automatic bid into the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
• All of Clemson’s ACC Tournament games are broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.
• Live stats are available at ClemsonTigers.com for all Tiger games.

CLEMSON’S ACC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• This is the 42nd ACC Tournament, and Clemson has been to the finals in 21 of the previous 41 tournaments, nine more than any other school.
• Clemson has won an ACC-tying-high nine ACC Tournament titles in history, including 2006 when it defeated NC State 8-4 in the title game.
• Clemson has a 105-66 record (.614) in ACC Tournament games. The Tigers also have the most All-ACC Tournament selections (56) in history.
• Clemson’s nine ACC Tournament titles came in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 2006.
• Clemson is one of only two teams to play in all 42 ACC Tournaments. The Tigers join Virginia as the only teams to play in every ACC Tourney.
• This will be the 19th time the tournament is held in the state of North Carolina.
• Only Florida State (62.5) and Virginia Tech (62.5) have a better winning percentage than Clemson (61.4) in ACC Tournament play.
• The ACC Tournament began in 1973 and has been held every year but one (1979) since then.

WINNING SEASONS THE NORM
• The Tigers have had a winning record every year since 1965.
• With its 31-25 record in 2015, Clemson is guaranteed a winning record for the 51st season in a row.
• That 51-year winning season streak spans just two head coaches, Bill Wilhelm (29 seasons) and Jack Leggett (22 seasons).
• Clemson’s 51-year streak is the third-longest active streak in the nation, trailing two ACC schools (Florida State 68, Miami (Fla.) 58).
• Clemson has had a non-losing record, which includes seasons with equal number of wins and losses, every season since 1958.
• Bill Wilhelm took over as head coach of the Clemson program in 1958, therefore the Tigers have not had a losing record since he took over.
• Clemson’s 58-year streak of non-losing records is tied for the second-longest active streak in the nation, trailing only Florida State (68).

SIX TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM
• Six Tigers earned First, Second or Third-Team All-ACC honors, third-most by an ACC team.
• Matthew Crownover (SP) and Chris OkeyChris Okey
So. Catcher
#25 5-11, 195
Mount Dora, FL

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(C) earned First-Team All-ACC honors.
• Crownover became the first Tiger lefthander to earn First-Team All-ACC honors since 1995 (Jason Dawsey).
• Okey became the first Tiger to be named the First-Team All-ACC catcher since 1997 (Matthew LeCroy).
Tyler KriegerTyler Krieger
Jr. Infielder
#3 6-1, 170
Johns Creek, GA

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(DH/utility) and Reed RohlmanReed Rohlman
RS Fr. Outfielder
#26 6-0, 210
Moore, SC

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(OF) were named Second-Team All-ACC.
Steven DuggarSteven Duggar
Jr. Outfielder
#9 6-2, 195
Moore, SC

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(OF) and Eli WhiteEli White
So. Infielder
#4 6-2, 185
Easley, SC

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(SS) earned Third-Team All-ACC honors.
• Five of Clemson’s nine position players were All-ACC.
• Crownover, Duggar and Krieger all earned All-ACC honors for the second time in their careers.

ACC STANDINGS
• Clemson (15-14) finished fourth in the Atlantic Division standings behind Louisville (25-5), Notre Dame (17-13) and Florida State (17-13).
• Clemson finished fifth in the overall ACC standings.
• Clemson finished with a winning ACC regular-season record for the 21st time in 22 seasons under Head Coach Jack Leggett.

HISTORIC SWEEP IN TALLAHASSEE
• Clemson swept No. 8 Florida State in a three-game series at Tallahassee, Fla. from May 14-16 by a combined score of 20-7.
• It was Clemson’s first three-game sweep in Tallahassee.
• With Clemson leading 9-1, Florida State scored five of its seven runs in the series in the last inning of the final game.
• The Tigers won by scores of 4-1, 7-0 and 9-6, as it was their first and only three-game ACC sweep of 2015.
• Clemson handed Florida State its first three-game series sweep at Dick Howser Stadium since 2006.
• Clemson had a 21-scoreless-innings-pitched streak during the three games.
• Florida State had a 27-4 home record in 2015 entering the series.

CROWNOVER ACC PITCHER-OF-THE-YEAR
• Junior lefthander Matthew Crownover was named 2015 ACC Pitcher-of-the-Year in a vote by the 14 ACC head coaches.
• He is 10-1 with a 1.42 ERA, .187 opponents’ batting average and 91 strikeouts in 95.0 innings pitched over 14 starts in 2015.
• He became the Clemson’s first-ever ACC Pitcher-of-the-Year, as the ACC first named one in 2005.
• Kris Benson was the last Tiger hurler to earn ACC Player-of-the-Year honors in 1996.

LONG FILLING NO. 3 STARTER ROLE
• Senior righthander Jake Long has become Clemson’s No. 3 starter on the weekend.
• He is 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA, .202 opponents’ batting average and 33 strikeouts in 45.1 innings pitched over 11 appearances (six starts).
• In 19.0 innings pitched over five appearances in ACC regular-season games, he was 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA and .185 opponents’ batting average.
• He did not pitch during the first half of the season while recovering from injury, but is healthy for the postseason.
• In his two years as a Tiger, he is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and .232 opponents’ batting average in 101.1 innings pitched over 27 appearances.

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