The Tigers head to Louisville, Ky., for the 44th ACC Tournament as the No. 5 seed.
TOURNAMENT SETUP• Who (Tuesday) – Duke (28-27) vs. Clemson (39-17)• Who (Friday) – Clemson (39-17) vs. Virginia (41-13)• Rankings – DUK – NR; UVA – No. 11 BA, No. 11 CB, No. 10 USA; CU – No. 17 BA, No. 17 CB, No. 14 USA• When – Tuesday (7 p.m.), Friday (11 a.m.)• Where – Louisville, Ky. (Louisville Slugger Field)• Watch – RSN, ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout)• Video Announcers – Nick Belmonte, Tom Werme• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
SERIES HISTORY (DUKE)• Overall Record – Clemson leads 130-68-2 (1904-2016)• Record at Neutral – Duke leads 13-11 (1904-2014)• Record in ACC Tournament – Clemson leads 9-4 (1978-14)
SERIES HISTORY (VIRGINIA)• Overall Record – Clemson leads 107-53 (1955-17)• Record at Neutral – Clemson leads 11-8 (1973-16)• Record in ACC Tournament – Clemson leads 11-8 (1973-16)
STARTING PITCHERS• Tuesday – LHP Mitch Stallings (DUK) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (CU)• Friday – TBA (CU) vs. TBA (UVA)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson lost two of three games at NC State last weekend despite outscoring the Wolfpack 27-21 in the series.• The Tigers are averaging 6.4 runs per game and hitting .289 with a .390 on-base percentage and 48 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.44 ERA, .252 opponents’ batting average and 3.92 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .970.
DUKE OVERVIEW• Duke is led by fifth-year head coach Chris Pollard.• The Blue Devils lost two of three games at North Carolina. They are hitting .273 and have a 4.90 ERA and .973 fielding percentage.• Jimmy Herron is hitting .326 with 38 RBIs and 17 steals, while Griffin Conine is batting .307 with 13 homers, 56 RBIs and nine steals.
VIRGINIA OVERVIEW• Virginia is led by 14th-year head coach Brian O’Connor.• The Cavaliers won two of three games at Georgia Tech last weekend. They are hitting .325 and have a 4.11 ERA and .975 fielding percentage.• Adam Haseley is hitting .400 with 14 homers, 53 RBIs and 10 steals, while Pavin Smith is batting .348 with 12 homers and 70 RBIs.
QUICK HITS• Clemson’s 39 regular-season wins tied for its most since the 2006 team totaled 43 regular-season victories.• The Tigers scored 23 runs on 20 hits, 14 walks and a hit-by-pitch in the last 10 innings at NC State.• Clemson has just two losses by 5+ runs and 16 wins by 5+ runs in 2017. Twelve of the Tigers’ 17 losses have been by two runs or less.
TIGERS TO PLAY IN 44TH ACC TOURNEY• Clemson (39-17), the No. 5 seed, opens its ACC Tournament by playing No. 9 seed Duke (28-27) on Tuesday at 7 p.m., on RSN.• The Tigers will be the designated home team and occupy the third-base dugout on Tuesday.• The Tigers play No. 4 seed Virginia (41-13) on Friday at 11 a.m., on RSN.• Clemson will be the designated visiting team and occupy the first-base dugout on Friday.• The games will be played at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Ky.• It is the first time the ACC Baseball Tournament is held in Louisville.• The 2017 tourney has a new format, with four three-team pools. The winner of each pool advances to a four-team, single-elimination tourney.• The format, in its first 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 Louisville, No. 8 seed Florida State and No. 12 seed Notre Dame.• Pool B is comprised of No. 2 seed North Carolina, No. 7 seed NC State and No. 11 seed Boston College.• Pool C is comprised of No. 3 seed Wake Forest, No. 6 seed Miami (Fla.) and No. 10 seed Georgia Tech.• Pool D is comprised of No. 4 seed Virginia, No. 5 seed Clemson and No. 9 seed Duke.• The ACC Championship Game on Sunday at noon on ESPN2, and the winner of the game receives an automatic bid into the 2017 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 44th ACC Tournament, and Clemson has been to the finals in 22 of the previous 43 tournaments, nine more than any other school.• Clemson has won an ACC-high nine 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 110-68 record (.618) in ACC Tournament games. The Tigers also have the most All-ACC Tournament selections (60) in history.• Clemson is one of only two teams to play in all 44 ACC Tournaments. The Tigers join Virginia as the only teams to play in every ACC Tourney.• Only Florida State (64.3) has a better winning percentage than Clemson (61.8) in ACC Tournament play.• The ACC Tournament began in 1973 and has been held every year but one (1979) since then.
SIX TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM• Reed Rohlman (OF) earned First-Team All-ACC honors in 2017 after being named Second-Team All-ACC as a freshman in 2015.• Seth Beer (OF) and Pat Krall (SP) were Second-Team All-ACC. Beer was first-team as a freshman in 2016, while Krall was second-team in 2016.• Charlie Barnes (SP), Andrew Cox (1B) and Chase Pinder (OF) all earned All-ACC honors for the first time as Third-Team All-ACC selections.• Logan Davidson (SS) earned All-ACC Freshman honors.• Clemson’s six selections tied for third most in the ACC.
GRIFFITH COMING ON LATE IN SEASON• Freshman righthander Owen Griffith did not make his first appearance until March 19 and made his second appearance on April 7.• He has emerged as one of the top pitchers out of the bullpen, as he has allowed one earned run (0.90 ERA) in 10.0 innings pitched in 2017.• He has allowed five hits (.147 opponents’ batting average) overall and no hits in 17 at-bats with runners on base in 10 relief appearances.• He has stranded all eight of his inherited runners on base in 2017.
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