Tigers Not Hosting

Despite winning two-of-three games in the ACC Tournament, and beating Florida State three out of four times in the state of Florida over the last two weeks, the Clemson baseball team wasn't chosen as an NCAA Tournament Regional host.

The NCAA Baseball Tournament Selection Committee announced the 16 regional host sites Sunday afternoon and somewhat surprisingly, Clemson wasn't one of the sites despite being ranked No. 16 in this week's USA Today coaches' poll.

This marks the first time in school history that the Tigers (38-21) have been ranked in the top 20 of that poll and not hosted a regional.

Hurting them, however, is the fact that their RPI is 19 and are ranked No. 19 in Baseball America.

"I thought we were in the running for sure," Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett told CUTigers.com. "The way we played down the stretch and in the ACC Tournament, I thought we were right there.

"With our history and everything, I thought we had a shot. I just don't know what came into factor."

Three ACC teams will host in Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina. "We usually have four in the ACC host," Leggett said.

The other teams to host are: Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina and Vanderbilt from the SEC; Missouri, Texas and Texas A&M from the Big 12; Long Beach State from the Big West; Rice from Conference USA; Wichita State from the Missouri Valley; Arizona State from the PAC-10; San Diego from the West Coast; Coastal Carolina from the Big South.

One could easily argue that Long Beach State and Mississippi shouldn't be hosting.

Long Beach State has a record of 36-18 and is ranked No. 20 in the most recent coaches' poll and No. 22 in this week's Baseball America Poll. However, helping is the team's No. 8 RPI.

The Rebels have a record of 37-23, are ranked No. 19 in the coaches' poll and, amazingly, aren't even ranked by Baseball America.

"The committee has to make those decisions," Leggett said. "Hopefully they had all the right information to make their decisions."

Nonetheless, it's still disappointing for the team and fans not to have a regional at Clemson, which means the Tigers have played their final game this seasons at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Many prognosticators believe when the rest of the field is announced at 12:30 p.m., Monday, that Clemson will be a No. 2 seed at the regional at Coastal (48-11).

Leggett said he has no clue where the Tigers will end up.

"I have no idea," he said. "I wouldn't want to speculate. We're going to strap it up and go. We're rolling and we're going to turn this into a positive."

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