CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers host the Clemson Regional as the No. 1 seed with No. 2 seed Vanderbilt, No. 3 seed St. John's and No. 4 seed Morehead State.
REGIONAL SETUP • Who - Morehead State (37-24) vs. Clemson (45-14) • Best Rankings - MOR - NR; CU - No. 2 Collegiate Baseball • When - Friday (6 p.m.) • Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium) • Watch - ESPN3 • Video Announcers - Chris Burke, Taylor Zarzour • Listen (Radio) - WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate • Listen (Internet) -ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn • Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com • Social Media - ClemsonBaseball • Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON SERIES HISTORY • Overall Record - Clemson leads 5-0 (1997-13) • Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 5-0 (1997-13) • Record in NCAA Tournament - 0-0 STARTING PITCHERS • LHP Dalton Stambaugh (MOR) vs. RHP Brooks Crawford (CU) CLEMSON OVERVIEW • The Tigers, who are 19-3 in their last 22 games, won two of three games in the ACC Tournament at Durham, N.C., last weekend. • The Tigers are averaging 6.5 runs per game and hitting .261 with a .379 on-base percentage and 48 steals. • The pitching staff has a 3.36 ERA, .233 opponents’ batting average and 2.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .975. MOREHEAD STATE OVERVIEW • Morehead State is led by sixth-year head coach Mike McGuire. • The Eagles won the OVC Tournament title with a 5-1 record. They are hitting .317 and have a 5.89 ERA and .968 fielding percentage. • Braxton Morris is hitting .374 with seven homers and 59 RBIs, while Trevor Snyder (18) and Niko Hulsizer (12) lead the team in homers. TIGERS IN THE CLEMSON REGIONAL • Clemson (45-14), the No. 1 seed, opens the Clemson Regional by playing No. 4 seed Morehead State (37-24) on Friday at 6 p.m., on ESPN3. • The Tigers are the designated home team on Friday and will be in the first-base dugout for all their Clemson Regional games. • The winner of Clemson’s game plays the winner of Friday’s game between No. 2 seed Vanderbilt (31-25) and No. 3 seed St. John's (39-15). • Clemson is the No. 10 overall seed. • The winner of the Clemson Regional plays the winner of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional from June 8-11. • Clemson won both midweek games against Morehead State in 2013 and swept the Eagles in three games in 1997. • Clemson is 3-3 vs. Vanderbilt. The Tigers played in the 2014 Nashville Regional and won one of three meetings in the 2017 Clemson Regional. • Clemson is 5-1 vs. St. John’s. The last meeting was a 3-2 Tiger win in the 2007 Myrtle Beach Regional. The only game at Clemson was in 1975. CORBIN, HAMPTON RETURN TO CLEMSON • Tim Corbin, now in his 16th year as head coach at Vanderbilt, was an assistant coach at Clemson for nine seasons (1994-02). • Corbin was on the staff of four College World Series teams (1995,96,00,02) at Clemson and helped the Tigers average 48 wins in nine years. • One of the players Corbin coached as an assistant at Clemson in 1994 was Mike Hampton, now in his 17th year as an assistant at St. John’s. • Hampton hit .380 with 11 homers, 21 doubles, four triples, 70 RBIs, 84 runs and 39 steals as a first-team All-America third baseman in 1994. • Hampton, who played two seasons (1993,94) at Clemson and graduated in 1997, served as a Tiger volunteer assistant in 1999 alongside Corbin. • It is the second time Corbin (2002) and Hampton (1999) have coached a game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium since their final seasons at Clemson. • Both Vanderbilt and St. John's played in the 2017 Clemson Regional. CLEMSON REGIONAL STRONG • The four teams in the Clemson Regional have combined for 101 NCAA Tournament appearances (including 2018). • Clemson is making its 43rd appearance, followed by 37 by St.John’s, 17 by Vanderbilt and four by Morehead State. • Clemson Regional’s 101 combined NCAA Tournament berths are tied for third most of any regional, trailing Tallahassee (130) and Austin (105). • 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 by the teams. TIGERS HOST REGIONAL FOR 16TH TIME • Clemson is hosting an NCAA regional for the 16th time in history in 2018. • Clemson hosted a regional in 2016 and 2017. From 1994 to 2011 (18 years), the Tigers hosted a regional 11 times. • Clemson is one of only four schools (Florida, Florida State, Texas Tech) to host a regional each of the last three years. CLEMSON’S NCAA TOURNEY HISTORY • The Tigers play in their 43rd all-time NCAA regional when it competes in the 2018 Clemson Regional. • The 43 appearances are fifth most in NCAA history, trailing only Texas (59), Florida State (56), Miami (Fla.) (45) and Oklahoma State (44). • Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament every year since 1987 except one (2008), or 31 of the last 32 years (including 2018). • Clemson is one of only six schools in the nation to play in the NCAA Tournament each of the last 10 seasons (including 2018). • The others are Cal State Fullerton, 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 118-91 record (.565) in NCAA Tournament games. QUICK HITS • Clemson, Florida and Louisville are the only schools to win 42+ games each of the last three seasons. • Clemson is 30-3 when outhitting the opponent and 12-10 when getting outhit. • Seth Beer, Logan Davidson and Kyle Wilkie are tied for the team lead in multiple-hit games (19). ACC TOURNAMENT RECAP • Clemson had a 2-1 record in the ACC Tournament at Durham, N.C., from May 23-26. • The Tigers defeated Notre Dame 21-4 and Miami (Fla.) 7-1 before falling to No. 7 Florida State 5-4 in the semifinal round. • The Tigers set the ACC Tournament record for runs in an inning with 17 in the fourth inning against Notre Dame on May 23. • In the 17-run fourth inning, Logan Davidson became the first Tiger in history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in one inning. • Clemson also set a school ACC Tournament record for batting average (.472) in a game against Notre Dame. • Seth Beer earned All-ACC Tournament honors by going 5-for-11 (.455) with three doubles, a homer, four RBIs and a .600 on-base percentage. • Logan Davidson earned All-ACC Tournament honors by going 4-for-15 (.267) with two homers, a double, seven RBIs and three runs. • Chris Williams earned All-ACC Tourney honors by going 7-for-10 (.700) with three homers, two doubles, 10 RBIs and a .786 on-base percentage. • Williams, who was also one of four national players-of-the-week by Collegiate Baseball, tied Clemson's ACC Tournament record with 10 RBIs. THREE TIGERS NAMED ALL-AMERICANS • Junior outfielder Seth Beer, junior righty Ryley Gilliam and sophomore shortstop Logan Davidson were all All-Americans by Baseball America. • Beer was a first-team pick, Gilliam was a second-team selection and Davidson was a third-team pick. • Clemson tied for the second-most All-Americans by Baseball America. • Beer joined Rusty Adkins (1965-67) as the only Tigers in history to be a three-time All-American. • Beer became just the fourth Tiger in history to be a two-time, first-team All-American, as he was a first-team selection in 2016. • Beer was also named a first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. HALL SHOWING HIS VERSATILITY • With several Tigers coming down with injury late in the season, freshman Sam Hall has made the most of his opportunity to step in and start. • He has the versatility to play in the infield and outfield. He has been the starter in left field in recent weeks. • He is hitting .234 with two homers, three doubles, seven RBIs, 16 runs and six steals in 22 games (18 starts) in 2018. • He has not committed an error in 36 chances, including 17 as an infielder. • He tied Clemson's ACC Tournament record for runs (4) when he went 1-for-1 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch against Notre Dame on May 23.