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Tigers Play UVA in ACC Tourney

Tigers Play UVA in ACC Tourney

The Tigers head to Durham, N.C., for the 43rd ACC Tournament as the No. 6 seed.


TOURNAMENT SETUP• Who (Thursday) – Clemson (38-18) vs. Virginia (36-18)• Who (Friday) – Louisville (46-10) vs. Clemson (38-18)• Who (Saturday) – Clemson (38-18) vs. Duke (33-21) or Wake Forest (32-23)• Rankings – CU – No. 15 BA, No. 15 USA; UVA – No. 8 BA, No. 8 CB, No. 11 USA; LOU – No. 6 BA, No. 3 CB, No. 5 USA; DUK – NR; WFU – NR• When – Thursday (11 a.m.), Friday (11 a.m.), Saturday (11 a.m.)• Where – Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)• Watch – RSN, ESPN3 (subject to blackout)• TV Announcers – Nick Green, Tom Werme• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network• Live Stats –• Social Media – Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)


SERIES HISTORY (VIRGINIA)• Overall Record – Clemson leads 104-52 (1955-14)• Record at Neutral – Clemson leads 10-8 (1973-12)• Record in ACC Tournament – Clemson leads 10-8 (1973-12)


SERIES HISTORY (LOUISVILLE)• Overall Record – Clemson leads 8-5 (1970-16)• Record at Neutral – Clemson leads 1-0 (2015)• Record in ACC Tournament – Clemson leads 1-0 (2015)


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 (WAKE FOREST)• Overall Record – Clemson leads 129-57-1 (1901-2016)• Record at Neutral – Clemson leads 14-4 (1950-07)• Record in ACC Tournament – Clemson leads 12-5 (1973-07)


STARTING PITCHERS• Thursday – LHP Charlie Barnes (CU) vs. RHP Connor Jones (UVA)• Friday – TBA (LOU) vs. TBA (CU)• Saturday – TBA (CU) vs. TBA (DUK or WFU)


CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson, who has won five games in a row, swept Notre Dame on the road by a combined score of 19-4.• The Tigers are averaging 6.9 runs per game and hitting .272 with a .383 on-base percentage and 54 steals.• The pitching staff has a 4.23 ERA, .263 opponents’ batting average and 2.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .961.


VIRGINIA OVERVIEW• Virginia is led by 13th-year head coach Brian O’Connor.• The Cavaliers, who have won 11 of the last 12, swept Virginia Tech. They are hitting .302 and have a 4.05 ERA and .969 fielding percentage.• Matt Thaiss is hitting .378 with nine homers and 54 RBIs against 11 strikeouts, while Ernie Clement is batting .353 with only 12 strikeouts.


LOUISVILLE OVERVIEW• Louisville is led by 10th-year head coach Dan McDonnell.• The Cardinals, who swept Wake Forest, have won nine games in a row. They are hitting .325 and have a 2.69 ERA and .977 fielding percentage.• Nick Solak is hitting .390, Will Smith is batting .369, Devin Hairston is hitting .368 and Corey Ray has 14 homers, 57 RBIs and 37 steals.


DUKE OVERVIEW• Duke is led by fourth-year head coach Chris Pollard.• The Blue Devils, who have won nine of 10, downed Pittsburgh twice. They are hitting .263 and have a 3.64 ERA and .975 fielding percentage.• Justin Bellinger is hitting .333 with six homers and 30 RBIs, while Jimmy Herron is batting .330 with 22 doubles, 35 runs and 24 steals.


WAKE FOREST OVERVIEW• Wake Forest is led by seventh-year head coach Tom Walter.• The Demon Deacons were swept at home by Louisville last weekend. They are hitting .282 and have a 4.89 ERA and .969 fielding percentage.• Will Craig is hitting .392 with 15 doubles, 15 homers, 62 RBIs, a .772 slugging percentage, .537 on-base percentage and 1.99 ERA.


QUICK HITS• Clemson (16-14) finished the ACC regular-season schedule with a winning record for the 22nd time in the last 23rd year.• Clemson played 24 games against ACC Tournament teams, most in the ACC. The only team it did not play was Virginia, its first foe.• Three teams in Clemson’s bracket in the ACC Tournament are all on hot streaks (Virginia 11-1, Louisville 16-1, Duke 9-1) in the late stages.


TIGERS TO PLAY IN 43RD ACC TOURNEY• Clemson (38-18), the No. 6 seed, opens its ACC Tourney by playing No. 3 seed Virginia (36-18) on Thursday at 11 a.m., on RSN.• The Tigers will be the designated visiting team and occupy the first-base dugout on Thursday.• The Tigers play No. 2 seed Louisville (46-10) on Friday at 11 a.m., on RSN.• Clemson will be the designated home team and occupy the third-base dugout on Friday.• Clemson’s third game is against either No. 7 seed Duke (33-21) or No. 10 seed Wake Forest (32-23) on Saturday at 11 a.m.• Clemson will be the designated visiting team and occupy the first-base dugout on Saturday for the game on RSN.• The games will be played at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.• It will be the 10th time the ACC Baseball Tournament is held in Durham and the second year in a row.• For the third time under the current format, the tournament has a 10-team field, with two single-elimination games Tuesday.• The round-robin format, in its 10th year, features two four-team brackets that guarantees the eight teams play a minimum of three games.• The other bracket is No. 1 seed Miami, No. 4 seed Florida State, No. 5 seed NC State, No. 8 seed Boston College and No. 9 seed Georgia Tech.• The winner of each bracket meets in the ACC Championship Game on Sunday at noon.• The title game will be televised by ESPN2 and the winner of the game receives an automatic bid into the 2016 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 43rd ACC Tournament, and Clemson has been to the finals in 21 of the previous 42 tournaments, eight 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 106-68 record (.609) 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 43 ACC Tournaments. The Tigers join Virginia as the only teams to play in every ACC Tourney.• This will be the 20th time the tournament is held in the state of North Carolina.• Only Florida State (63.9) has a better winning percentage than Clemson (60.9) in ACC Tournament play.• The ACC Tournament began in 1973 and has been held every year but one (1979) since then.


ONE-RUN SUCCESS• Clemson has a 12-6 record in one-run games this season. The school record for one-run wins in a season is 13 (13-5 record in 1994).• Clemson also was 12-3 in one-run games in 1978, 12-6 in 1999 and 12-7 in 2007.• Clemson has played 18 games decided by one run, but only five games (2-3) decided by two runs and one game (1-0) decided by three runs.• From 2010 to 2015, Clemson had just one winning record in one-run games (9-4 in 2013).• Clemson is 5-1 in extra-inning games in 2016.


THREE TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM• Seth Beer (OF) and Chris Okey (C) earned First-Team All-ACC honors, while Pat Krall (RP) earned Second-Team All-ACC honors.• Beer is the first Tiger freshman to earn First-Team All-ACC accolades since Kyle Parker (2008). Beer also earned All-ACC Freshman honors.• Okey earned First-Team All-ACC honors in 2015 and is the Tigers’ first two-time, First-Team All-ACC pick since Richie Shaffer (2011,12).• Krall is the first Tiger reliever to earn All-ACC accolades since Patrick Hogan (2004).


BEER ACC’S TOP PLAYER & FRESHMAN• Seth Beer was named ACC Player-of-the-Year in a vote by the league head coaches. He was also named ACC Freshman-of-the-Year.• He is the first freshman to be named ACC Player-of-the-Year, an award that was established in 1969.• He is the 13th Tiger to earn ACC Player-of-the-Year honors and the first since shortstop Brad Miller in 2011.• He is third Tiger to earn ACC Freshman-of-the-Year honors and the first since outfielder Patrick Boyd in 1998.


COX DEFENDING AT FIRST• Junior Andrew Cox has committed just one error in 172 chances at first base in 2016 and has a .994 fielding percentage overall.• At the plate, he is hitting .235 with two doubles, one triple, two homers, 15 RBIs and three steals in 30 games (21 starts).• He missed 20 games during the regular season due to a fractured foot.• He hit his first career home run, a three-run shot, at The Citadel on March 15.• In his career, he is hitting .225 with 38 runs, nine doubles, one triple, two homers, 26 RBIs and nine steals in 117 games (80 starts).