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Clemson’s ACC Tournament Notes

Clemson’s ACC Tournament Notes

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) – Clemson (31-25) vs. North Carolina (33-22)• 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• 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 –• 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)


 STARTING PITCHERS• Wednesday – LHP Matthew Crownover (CU) vs. RHP Boomer Biegalski (FSU)• Thursday – RHP Kyle Funkhouser (LOU) vs. LHP Zack Erwin (CU)• Friday – Jake Long (CU) vs. TBA (UNC)


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.


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 No. 8 seed North Carolina (33-22) 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 and No. 7 seed Virginia.• 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 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 Okey (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 Krieger (DH/utility) and Reed Rohlman (OF) were named Second-Team All-ACC.• Steven Duggar (OF) and Eli White (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.