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Friday, May 24, 2013

Game Notes and Broadcast Information As Tigers Face Tar Heels In Game 2 Of ACC Tournament

The Road To Omaha Continues

The Road To Omaha Continues as Clemson (39-18), the #5 seed, will continue ACC Tournament play by playing #1-seeded North Carolina (48-8) on Friday at 7:00 pm.  

Clemson will be the designated home team and occupy the third-base dugout in that game.    

The games will be played at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park.  It will be the eighth time the ACC Baseball Tournament is held in Durham and the first time since 2011.  The round-robin format, in its seventh year, features two separate four-team brackets that guarantees all eight teams will play a minimum of three games and maximum of four games during the ACC Tournament.    

Clemson’s first three games in the ACC Tournament will be televised live by Regional Sports Network.  The three games will also be available via webcast at ESPN3.

All of Clemson’s ACC Tournament games will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.  Live stats will also be available at ClemsonTigers.com for all Tiger games.

The Series (North Carolina)Clemson and North Carolina have met 184 times, with the Tigers holding a 97-86-1 lead in the series dating to the 1901 season.

Earlier this season at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels won the first two games by scores of 10-3 and 6-2 before Clemson won the series-finale 5-4 in 11 innings.  Last season at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tar Heels swept the three-game series.

The Tigers hold a 16-11 lead in ACC Tournament games.  The last time the two teams met in the ACC Tourney was on May 23, 2009, as Clemson defeated the Tar Heels 4-3 in 11 innings at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park.  North Carolina’s last victory over the Tigers in the ACC Tourney came in 2004 by a score of 16-5 at Salem, VA.  Clemson leads the all-time series 15-12 in neutral-site contests as well.

Jack Leggett has a 32-30 record against North Carolina as Clemson’s head coach, including a 4-3 mark in ACC Tournament games.  Leggett was 0-3 against the Tar Heels as Western Carolina’s head coach, meaning he is 32-33 all-time against North Carolina.

The Starting Pitchers (North Carolina)The starting pitchers for Friday’s game have yet to be determined.

The Tar Heels
North Carolina, led by 15th-year Head Coach Mike Fox and ranked as high as #3 in the nation, enters Monday night’s game against #7 Florida State with a 47-8 overall record and 21-7 ACC mark after losing two of three games against Virginia over the weekend.  North Carolina, who has not lost back-to-back games all season, is 3-0 in neutral-site contests in 2013.

North Carolina, who is 5-5 in one-run games, is averaging 8.3 runs per game and hitting .309 with a .456 slugging percentage and .418 on-base percentage thanks to 310 walks and 69 hit-by-pitches against 254 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled 102 doubles, 21 triples, 45 home runs, and 75 stolen bases in 101 attempts.

Colin Moran is hitting .376 with 13 homers, 83 RBIs, 66 runs, 52 walks against only 18 strikeouts, and a .504 on-base percentage.  Landon Lassiter is batting .361 with a .514 on-base percentage, while Skye Bolt is hitting .359 with six homers and 44 RBIs.  Cody Stubbs has added a .349 batting average, seven home runs, and 66 RBIs as well.

The pitching staff has a 2.62 ERA and .210 opponents’ batting average along with 444 strikeouts against 195 walks in 495.1 innings pitched.  Freshman righthander Trent Thornton has an 8-1 record, a team-high six saves, a 1.48 ERA, and 50 strikeouts against nine walks in 60.2 innings pitched over 21 appearances (five starts).  North Carolina, who has allowed 41 steals in 48 attempts, is fielding at a .975 clip as well.

The Tigers have won the ACC Tournament with a perfect record five times.  The Tigers were 3-0 in 1976 and 1978 in winning both events at Clemson, then they had a 4-0 record in winning the title at Raleigh, NC in 1980.  Clemson’s only other perfect run through the tournament came in 1991, when a Tiger team that won a school-record 60 games had a 5-0 mark in the ACC Tournament held at Greenville, SC.

This will be the 17th time the tournament is held in the state of North Carolina after it was played at NewBridge Bank Park in 2010 and 2012 as well as Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2009 and 2011.  Prior to 2009, the previous time it was played in the Tar Heel State was in 1999, when it was played at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.  The 2014 tournament is scheduled to be played at NewBridge Bank Park.

Clemson has a winning record against every ACC team (excluding Boston College, who has not faced the Tigers in the event) in tournament play with the exception of Florida State and Virginia Tech.  Clemson is 9-11 against the Seminoles and 0-1 against the Hokies in the ACC Tournament.

The Tigers are also 8-4 against Duke, 16-10 versus Georgia Tech, 12-0 against Maryland, 2-1 versus Miami (FL), 16-11 against North Carolina, 18-11 versus N.C. State, 10-8 against Virginia, and 12-5 versus Wake Forest.  That computes to a 103-62 record and 62.4-percent winning mark.  Only Florida State (64.9) has a better winning percentage than Clemson in ACC Tournament play.

Clemson was the dominant team when the ACC Tournament was played at Greenville, SC from 1987-95.  In those nine tournaments, Clemson posted a 36-12 record, won the event four times, and finished second on two other occasions.  Clemson won at least three games in eight of the nine tournaments held in Greenville as well.

The ACC Tournament began in 1973 and has been held every year but one since then.  In 1979, Clemson won the regular-season title and was declared the conference champion.  The tournament was not held because of a scheduling conflict between school exam schedules and the tourney.  Clemson has been declared conference champion 14 times in history, more than any other school.
We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this year (for the Regionals…fingers crossed!)

Go Tigers!

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