Friday's ACC Tournament Notebook

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As N.C. State made its big comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, the Clemson faithful sitting in the stands were extremely nervous. Tigers coach Jack Leggett, who is known for his intensity, said he was the exact opposite.

"My emotions were just like they always are – very calm," he said, which drew a laugh from the media. "Actually, I felt pretty calm. Lately, I just feel like we're well prepared and I feel like our team is playing well. Once we start the game, I feel pretty confident that it's in good hands. The kids have been playing well and playing hard. … I've just got a lot of confidence in how we're playing now."

It turned out Leggett was right as Clemson held on for the win as Jeff Hahn came in to get the save. And while he would rather have seen starting pitcher Robert Rohrbaugh get the complete-game win, Hahn was happy to get a chance to redeem himself after his horrid outing against Virginia two days earlier.

"It was big from a lot of standpoints," Hahn said. "They had confidence to give me the ball and go right back out there. … If you have a rough day, it's that much worse when you have to sit around and think about it for a few days. …

"I was really disappointed with the way I threw the other night, personally. At the same time, it's unfortunate, but you can't get too down on yourself. You have to learn from it. … It means a lot for them to give me the ball and go back out there in that situation. It always seems like when the game's close, those last three outs are impossible. They're never easy."

With Clemson leading 4-2 in the seventh inning and batting with two outs, shortstop Taylor Harbin was at-bat and just before pitcher Phillip Davidson was set to throw a pitch, Harbin put his right hand up to try and call timeout.

However, home plate umpire Arthur Schmidt didn't allow it, causing Harbin to quickly put his hand back on the bat to prepare to swing. It turned out to be a good thing that time wasn't called as Harbin smoked a solo home run over the wall in left field to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead.

That extra run wound up being the difference in the game.

"I was trying to call time and trying to get myself set again," Harbin said. "I was getting a little antsy, so I figured I would get timeout and step out of the box and compose myself. But luckily he didn't give it to me."

NCAA Regionals
N.C. State head coach Elliott Avent said he fully expects his school to host an NCAA Regional, even though his team finished sixth in the ACC during the regular season.

"Probably four (teams will host) if I had to guess," he said. "I would think Miami wouldn't. They lost six ACC games in a row and went 0-2 here, so I can't imagine them hosting."

Quick Hits
Harbin's home run was his first since he blasted three against N.C. State on April 23. … Harbin and centerfielder Brad Chalk each have a 12-game hitting streak. … By beating the Wolfpack Friday, it gave Clemson at least two wins in 29 of the 32 ACC tournaments held. The only time the Tigers didn't win at least two games were in 1998, 2001 and 2003. … This was also the eighth straight time the Tigers have beaten N.C. State in ACC tournament play and the seventh straight under Leggett. Top Stories