The Tigers, who are the 2018 ACC regular-season co-champions, travel to the 45th ACC Tournament as the No. 2 seed at Durham, N.C.
TOURNAMENT SETUP• Who (Wednesday) – Clemson (43-13) vs. Notre Dame (24-28)• Who (Thursday) – Miami (Fla.) (27-25) vs. Clemson (43-13)• Best Rankings – UND – NR; MIA – NR; CU – No. 4 Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game• When – Wednesday (3 p.m.), Thursday (7 p.m.)• Where – Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)• Watch – RSN, ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout)• Video Announcers – Wes Durham, Nick Green, Lyndsay Rowley• Listen (Radio) – WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
SERIES HISTORY (NOTRE DAME)• Overall Record – Clemson leads 10-6 (1994-18)• Record at Neutral – 0-0• Record in ACC Tournament – 0-0
SERIES HISTORY (MIAMI (FLA.))• Overall Record – Miami leads 40-29-1 (1977-18)• Record at Neutral – Miami leads 9-7 (1980-14)• Record in ACC Tournament – Clemson leads 3-2 (2005-14)
STARTING PITCHERS• Wednesday – TBA (CU) vs. TBA (UND)• Thursday – TBA (MIA) vs. TBA (CU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson, who has won 17 of its last 19 games and 12 of its 14 weekend series, swept Pittsburgh on the road last week.• The Tigers are averaging 6.3 runs per game and hitting .259 with a .376 on-base percentage and 48 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.35 ERA, .232 opponents’ batting average and 2.32 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .975.
NOTRE DAME OVERVIEW• Notre Dame is led by eighth-year head coach Mik Aoki.• The Fighting Irish were swept at Louisville last week. They are hitting .274 and have a 5.55 ERA and .974 fielding percentage.• Nick Podkul is hitting .321 with eight homers and 40 RBIs, while Matt Vierling is batting .317 with nine homers and 41 RBIs.
MIAMI (FLA.) OVERVIEW• Miami is led by 25th-year head coach Jim Morris.• The Hurricanes have won 10 games in a row. They are hitting .257 and have a 3.70 ERA and .962 fielding percentage.• Danny Reyes is hitting .327, while Freddy Zamora is batting .310 with 20 steals. Romy Gonzalez has totaled 21 steals as well.
QUICK HITS• The Tigers are 42-5 when scoring at least three runs, 37-3 when scoring at least four runs and 34-2 when scoring at least five runs.• Clemson outhit its opponent in only 14 of its first 37 games (26-11). In the last 19 games (17-2), Clemson has outhit the opponent 17 times.• Clemson reached the 40-win mark in the regular season for the first time since 2006, when it was also 43-13 during the regular season.
TIGERS TO PLAY IN 45TH ACC TOURNEY• Clemson (43-13), the No. 2 seed, opens its ACC Tournament by playing No. 11 seed Notre Dame (24-28) on Wednesday at 3 p.m., on RSN.• The Tigers are the designated visiting team and occupy the first-base dugout on Wednesday.• The Tigers play No. 7 seed Miami (Fla.) (27-25) on Thursday at 7 p.m., on RSN.• Clemson is the designated home team and occupies the third-base dugout on Thursday.• The games are played at Durham (N.C.) Bulls Athletic Park.• It is the 11th time the ACC Baseball Tournament is held in Durham and first time since 2016, when Clemson won its 10th ACC Tourney title.• The 2018 tourney’s format has four three-team pools. The winner of each pool advances to a four-team, single-elimination tourney.• The format, in its second year, features four three-team pools that guarantees the 12 teams play a minimum of two games.• Pool A is comprised of No. 1 seed North Carolina, No. 8 seed Georgia Tech and No. 12 seed Pittsburgh.• Pool B is comprised of No. 2 seed Clemson, No. 7 seed Miami (Fla.) and No. 11 seed Notre Dame.• Pool C is comprised of No. 3 seed NC State, No. 6 seed Florida State and No. 10 seed Virginia.• Pool D is comprised of No. 4 seed Duke, No. 5 seed Louisville and No. 9 seed Wake Forest.• The ACC Championship Game is Sunday at noon on ESPN2, and the winner of the game receives an automatic bid into the 2018 NCAA Tournament.• All of Clemson’s ACC Tournament games are broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tigers Network.• Live stats are available at ClemsonTigers.com for all Tiger games.
CLEMSON’S ACC TOURNAMENT HISTORY• This is the 45th ACC Tournament, and Clemson has been to the finals in 22 of the previous 44 tournaments, nine more than any other school.• Clemson has won an ACC-high 10 ACC Tournament titles in history, including 2016, when it beat Florida State 18-13 in the title game.• Clemson’s 10 ACC Tournament titles came in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 2006 and 2016.• Clemson has a 110-70 record (.611) in ACC Tournament games. The Tigers are tied for the most All-ACC Tournament selections (60) in history.• Clemson is one of only two teams to play in all 45 ACC Tournaments. The Tigers join Virginia as the only teams to play in every ACC Tourney.• Only Florida State (65.5) has a better winning percentage than Clemson (61.1) in ACC Tournament play.• Clemson’s 110 ACC Tournament wins are 25 more than any other team (NC State, 85).• The ACC Tournament began in 1973 and has been held every year but one (1979) since then.
ACC REGULAR-SEASON CO-CHAMPIONS• Clemson (22-8) won 12 of its last 13 ACC regular-season games and tied for first in the overall ACC standings with North Carolina.• It marked the first time the Tigers at least shared the ACC regular-season title since 2006.• Clemson’s 22 ACC regular-season wins were its most since 2006, when it was 24-6.• Clemson won its first ACC Atlantic Division title since 2010, when it shared the division title with Florida State with an 18-12 record.• It was the Tigers’ first outright ACC Atlantic Division championship since 2006.• Clemson won eight of 10 ACC series.
ROAD WARRIORS• Clemson has a 15-5 road record and had a 13-2 record in ACC road games, a big reason the Tigers had a 22-8 overall ACC record.• The Tigers won all five ACC road series for the first time in program history.• Clemson has won a school-record 11 ACC road games in a row, including sweeps at Wake Forest, Virginia and Pittsburgh.• The Tigers recorded three ACC road sweeps for the first time since 1995.
SIX TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM• Seth Beer (OF) and Ryley Gilliam (RP) earned First-Team All-ACC honors. It was the third time Beer was named All-ACC.• Gilliam became the first Tiger relief pitcher to earn First-Team All-ACC honors since 1998 (Scott Clackum).• Logan Davidson (SS) was a Second-Team All-ACC selection.• Grayson Byrd (DH/UT), Kyle Wilkie (C) and Chris Williams (1B) were Third-Team All-ACC picks.• Clemson’s six All-ACC selections tied for third most in the conference.• Spencer Strider (RP) earned All-ACC Freshman honors.
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