NOTEBOOK: Tigers Make Their Case to Host

MYRTLE BEACH – A poll conducted throughout the press box Monday afternoon resulted in a nearly unanimous belief that the Clemson baseball team will be hosting this week's Super Regional against Mississippi State. CUTigers.com once again reports live from the Myrtle Beach Regional.

It's easy to see why all but one member of the media thinks the Tigers (41-21) will have the edge over Mississippi State (36-20), which also was a No. 2-seed in its regional.

As of early Monday morning, Clemson's unofficial RPI was one place higher than the Bulldogs.

Also, the Tigers were ranked higher in every major poll entering the NCAA Tournament. In fact, Mississippi State wasn't even ranked in the latest Baseball America Poll.

Clemson was even the higher two-seed between the two schools in the tournament.

"I would hope so," Tigers coach Jack Leggett said when asked if though the Tigers would host. "We've earned it. If you look at these things closely, in my mind, I think we've accomplished what we set out to do."

There are only a few things that could play in the favor of the Bulldogs hosting.

Mississippi State traveled to Clemson last year for the regional, the Bulldogs have a much bigger stadium and the school's athletic director, Larry Templeton, is the head of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.

However, Templeton will remove himself from the process when it's time to determine Clemson's fate.

"I hope that wouldn't be a factor," Leggett said.

But even with those slight factors, it's still believed that the Tigers will host.

The official announcement will come Monday night at 11 p.m., on ncaasports.com.

POWER SURGE: The recent surge by the Clemson baseball team can be directly related to the stellar hitting that has been produced by the big guns in the middle of the lineup.

Over his last 19 games, catcher Doug Hogan is batting .385, while third baseman Marquez Smith is hitting .418 over his 17 games. First baseman Andy D'Alessio is batting .404 over his last 15 games and shortstop Taylor Harbin is hitting .380 over his last 19 games.

When all of those numbers and games are combined, it's easy to see why Clemson is one of the hottest teams in the nation and will be a very tough out in the NCAA Tournament.

The foursome is collectively hitting a ridiculous .395 in those games.

"We're certainly playing a lot better offensively the last month and a half," Leggett said. "All those guys have hit the ball real well."

ALL-REGIONAL TEAM: The Myrtle Beach Regional All-Tournament team is as follows:

Catcher – Doug Hogan (CU); Infielders – Andy D'Alessio (CU), Taylor Harbin (CU), Marquez Smith (CU), Chris Jackson (VCU); Outfielders – Brad Chalk (CU), Chris Anninos (SJU), Dom Duggan (CCU); Pitchers – Bobby Gagg (CCU), Scott Barnes (SJU); Utility/DH – Dock Doyle (CCU).
MVP – Andy D'Alessio (CU).

CUTigers.com Top Stories