Tigers Will Host

Due to a tremendous surge in the second half of the season, the Clemson baseball team will play host to an NCAA Regional for the 10th time in school history. The Tigers are one of 16 teams that earned a regional Sunday afternoon.

After starting 15-13 through the first 28 games, Clemson finished second during the regular season in the ACC and made it to the semifinals in the ACC Tournament to put together a 39-21 overall record.

"We felt like we worked our way into deserving a host and our kids have done a great job the second half of the season and we're just glad for our fans and glad for our school to be back in the hosting business again," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "I think any team in the country will feel better at home or feel more comfortable at home. I'm just glad to bring it back to our people here. ...

"Obviously you hope it works out for an advantage for your team. It's just a lot better feeling knowing we're at home rather than having to go on the road. We're still going to have to win the games on the field and we're still going to have to play some good teams, so it's not anything easy about it."

The field of 64 and the four seeds in each regional will be announced Monday morning, as will the top eight seeds in the tournament. The top eight seeds have the inside track to host a Super Regional, assuming they're still alive in the tournament.

Each regional will include two games each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and a Monday (June 6) game if necessary. The exact times of the double-elimination tournament will be announced Monday, however, each of the first three days of the tournament will have an afternoon game and a night game.

"I thought once we did well against Miami last weekend, we put ourselves in position to host," Leggett said. "So, I felt pretty comfortable (that we'd host) after the way we played in that series."

With Clemson winning its final nine games of the regular season, that's what put the Tigers in position to get the host. It also didn't hurt that the university submitted a bid of $114,000 to host.

"I can tell you that Clemson has been one of the hottest teams of the last two weeks and I think they probably did themselves more good in the last two weeks, other than maybe Ole Miss, than anybody else in the country in terms of going where they were to where the are now," said NCAA Baseball Tournament Director Charlie Carr.

Carr wouldn't say specifically whether or not Clemson needed to win games in the ACC Tournament to guarantee itself as a host.

"I don't want to be redundant, but I can tell you that two weeks ago, you could have picked regional sites out of a hat," he said. "Anything that teams did toward the end that were visible and eye-catching really made a difference. And certainly Clemson was one of those schools."

Reserved tickets for the entire tournament are $70 each. Season ticket holders will have the first bid on these reserved seats and will have the ability to reserve the same seats they had during the regular season.

Reserved seats on a single game basis are $12, while single game general admission seats are $8. The general admission seats will be available on the day of the game only. For more ticket information call 1-800-CLEMSON.

The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records through Saturday, May 28, are as follows:
Arizona State (33-22), Tempe, Az.
Baylor (39-20), Waco, Tex.
Cal State Fullerton (41-14), Fullerton, Cal.
Clemson (39-21), Clemson, S.C.
Florida (40-20), Gainesville, Fla.
Florida State (50-18), Tallahassee, Fla.
Georgia Tech (41-16), Atlanta, Ga.
LSU (38-20), Baton Rouge, La.
Long Beach State (36-20), Long Beach, Cal.
Miami (Florida) (38-17-1), Coral Gables, Fla.
Mississippi (44-17), Oxford, Miss.
Nebraska (50-13), Lincoln, Neb.
Oregon State (41-9), Corvallis, Ore.
Tennessee (41-19), Knoxville, Ten.
Texas (45-14), Austin, Tex.
Tulane (50-9), New Orleans, La.

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