Saturday's ACC Tournament Notebook

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When Travis Storrer smoked a Mike Ballard fastball over the wall in right field to pull Clemson within a run, it set off a series of events that could have turned into something rather ugly.

As the ball was sailing through the air, Storrer pointed the bat toward Clemson's dugout before flipping it and finally pointing to his teammates with his finger. Then as Storrer was rounding third, he glared at Ballard and apparently said something.

That sent Virginia coach Brian O'Connor storming out of the dugout and straight to the home plate umpire. But before he could get there, Clemson coach Jack Leggett cut him off at the pass and the two got into a verbal exchange.

Leggett also got into a heated verbal exchange with Cavaliers assistant coach Karl Kuhn. The umpires quickly got between the coaches and calmed things down.

"It's over with. It had nothing to do with the game," Leggett said. "I didn't see anything. It's over. I don't want to talk about it. It's done with. Everybody's competing. It was a big hit that put us right back into the ball game."

Storrer said he wasn't looking at Ballard, just in that general direction.

"It was a situation that Coach Leggett and I handled," O'Connor said. "It was something that I felt their hitter did after he hit the home run, but Coach Leggett and I talked about it on the field and we have since discussed it after the game and put it behind us. Sometimes when there's so much at stake in this game, we all get a little fired up sometimes a little too much. … We just felt it was inappropriate."

Both teams settled down and nothing else happened the rest of the way.

Pesky Cavalier
In Virginia's two games against Clemson in the tournament, Cavaliers No. 9 hitter Kyle Werman proved to be the most difficult out.

In eight at-bats, Werman reached safely seven times, but only three came via a hit. He reached on an error twice, walked twice and got three hits.

"I don't know if you have enough tape in front of me to talk about this kid," O'Connor said. "He is amazing. You look at him and he's 5-foot-6, 150 pounds soaking wet. Every coach in this league has said defensively and the heart that the kid has, he's the best in the league. He just battles. He's been critical for us down the stretch.

"The funny about him is the ball just seems to find the barrel and find a spot in the field. The outfielders play practically right behind the infield against him and he still finds holes. He battles and draws walks and his defensive ability is just amazing. He's really one of the two guys that are leaders on this team."

Quick Hits
Kris Harvey's solo home run off Sean Doolittle in the seventh inning was the first run the freshman reliever had allowed in his last 30 innings of relief. … Clemson, which has struggled against left-handers all year, faced three Saturday. Virginia's starter, middle reliever and closer were all southpaws. …

Virginia is one game away from winning the ACC Tournament after having the baseball program nearly turned into a club sport with no scholarships.

"I wasn't here, but I've heard about it," O'Connor said. "I can tell you what it's been like since I've been the coach at Virginia. There's been an unbelievable commitment from our administration to win championships in this baseball program. What a transformation from four or five years ago when they were considering of knocking it down to a club sport. How serious that consideration was, I don't know. I can't answer it. But here we are with a chance to win the ACC Championship tomorrow." …

Clemson shortstop Stan Widmann committed an error in each of the four tournament games. As a team, the Tigers committed seven errors during the week. ...

Only three ACC Tournament champions have advanced to the College World Series since 1980. Clemson did it twice, once in 1980 and 1991. Florida State was the last team to do it in 1995.

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