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The Tigers are the No.3 seed in the Oxford Regional with No. 1 seed Mississippi, No. 2 seed Illinois and No. 4 seed Jacksonville State.
REGIONAL SETUP• Who – Clemson (34-24) vs. Illinois (36-19)• Best Ranking – CU – NR; ILL – NR• When – Friday (4 p.m. EDT)• Where – Oxford, Miss. (Swayze Field)• Watch – ESPNU• Video Announcers – Lance Cormier, Richard Cross• Listen (Radio) – WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 3-0 (1986-00)• Record at Neutral – 0-0• Record in NCAA Tournament – Clemson leads 1-0 (2000)
STARTING PITCHERS• LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU) vs. RHP Ty Weber (ILL)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson, who has a 3-1 neutral record, went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament, including a 7-1 win over No. 7 Louisville.• The Tigers are averaging 6.6 runs per game and hitting .266 with a .365 on-base percentage, .444 slugging percentage and 91 steals.• The pitching staff has a 4.39 ERA, .245 opponents’ batting average and 2.30 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .971.
ILLINOIS OVERVIEW• Illinois is under the leadership of 14th-year Head Coach Dan Hartleb.• The Fighting Illini lost both games in their conference tournament. They are hitting .279 and have a 3.66 ERA and .982 fielding percentage.• Grant Van Scoy is hitting .347, Zac Taylor is batting .331 with 10 homers, 28 RBIs and 20 steals and Garrett Acton has 19 saves.
TIGERS IN THE OXFORD REGIONAL• Clemson (34-24), the No. 3 seed, opens the Oxford Regional by playing No. 2 seed Illinois (36-19) on Friday at 4 p.m. EDT on ESPNU.• The Tigers are the designated visiting team on Friday and will be in the third-base dugout.• The winner of Clemson’s game plays the winner of the game between No. 1 seed Mississippi (37-25) and No. 4 seed Jacksonville State (37-21).• The winner of the Oxford Regional plays the winner of the Fayetteville (Ark.) Regional from June 7-10.• The Tigers won both games against Illinois at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 1986 and won again 9-3 in the 2000 Clemson Regional.• Clemson is 7-8 against Mississippi, with the last meeting in 1984. All 15 games have been on the road, with just one neutral-site contest.• Clemson has never played Jacksonville State. Both were in the 2010 Auburn Regional, but they never met.
FORMER TIGER ASSISTANTS IN TOURNEY• Five head coaches of teams in the 2019 NCAA Tournament are former Clemson assistant coaches.• Tim Corbin (Vanderbilt) was on the staff of four College World teams (1995,96,00,02) at Clemson from 1994-02 under Head Coach Jack Leggett.• Kevin O’Sullivan (Florida) was on the staff of three College World Series teams (2000,02,06) at Clemson as pitching coach from 1999-07.• Tim Corbin and Kevin O’Sullivan were on the same Tiger coaching staff for four seasons from 1999-02.• Erik Bakich (Michigan) was the volunteer assistant coach on Clemson’s 2002 College World Series team.• Tim Corbin, Kevin O’Sullivan and Erik Bakich were all assistant coaches on Clemson’s 2002 College World Series team under Jack Leggett.• Randy Mazey (West Virginia), a former Tiger player (1985-88), was a volunteer assistant (1990,91) and pitching coach (1992,93) at Clemson.• Jim Schlossnagle (TCU) was the volunteer assistant coach at Clemson in 1993 on the same staff with Randy Mazey.
OXFORD REGIONAL STRONG• The four teams in the Oxford Regional have combined for 84 NCAA Tournament appearances (including 2019).• Clemson is making its 44th appearance, followed by 23 by Mississippi, 12 by Illinois and five by Jacksonville State.• The Oxford Regional’s 84 combined NCAA Tournament berths are fifth most of any regional.• 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, while the 2018 Clemson Regional was tied for third most.
CLEMSON’S NCAA TOURNEY HISTORY• The Tigers play in their 44th all-time NCAA regional when it competes in the 2019 Oxford Regional.• The 44 appearances are fifth most in NCAA history, trailing only Texas (59), Florida State (57), Miami (Fla.) (46) and Oklahoma State (45).• Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament every year since 1987 except one (2008), or 32 of the last 33 years (including 2019).• Clemson is one of only five schools in the nation to play in the NCAA Tournament each of the last 11 seasons (including 2019).• The others are 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 120-93 record (.563) in NCAA Tournament games.
QUICK HITS• Clemson has a 9-7 record against top-25 teams, all of which have been in the top 16. The Tigers are also 6-3 against top-10 teams.• Sixteen of Clemson’s 24 losses have been by one run, two runs or in extra innings, including eight one-run losses.• A total of 25 Tigers have started at least one game in 2019.
ACC TOURNAMENT RECAP• Clemson had a 1-1 record in the ACC Tournament at Durham, N.C., with games on May 21 and May 23.• Boston College defeated the Tigers 7-5 in 11 innings before Clemson downed No. 7 Louisville 7-1.• The Tigers hit .253 with a 3.15 ERA and .167 opponents’ batting average.• Mat Clark, who allowed just one hit, retired the first 22 batters and took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in the win over the Cardinals.• Clark was named to the All-ACC Tournament team as one of two starting pitchers.• Jordan Greene went 4-for-6 with an RBI, two runs and a walk in two games.