The Tigers will be the designated home team and occupy the third-base dugout.
After a day off on Thursday, the Tigers will play No. 6-seed Virginia Tech (36-19) on Friday at 4:00 PM. Clemson will be the designated visiting team and occupy the first-base dugout in that game.
Clemson's third game will be against No. 3-seed Georgia Tech (44-11) on Saturday at 4:00 PM. The home team for Saturday's game will be determined by a coin flip. All three of Clemson's games in the ACC Tournament will be televised live by Fox Sports South.
The games will be played at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, NC. It will be the first time the ACC Baseball Tournament is held in Greensboro. The round-robin format, in its fourth year, features two separate four-team divisions that guarantees all eight teams will play a minimum of three games and maximum of four games during the ACC Tournament.
The other division is comprised of No. 1-seed Virginia, No. 4-seed Miami (FL), No. 5-seed Florida State, and No. 8-seed Boston College. The winner of each division will meet in the ACC Championship Game on Sunday at 1:00 PM. The contest will be televised live by SportSouth and the winner of the game will receive an automatic bid into the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
All of Clemson's ACC Tournament games will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network. Live stats will also be available at ClemsonTigers.com for all Tiger games.
The Series (N.C. State)
Clemson and N.C. State have met 176 times, with the Tigers holding a 107-68-1 lead in the series dating back to 1921. Earlier this season, Clemson swept the Wolfpack at Doug Kingsmore Stadium by a combined score of 31-19. Last year at N.C. State, Clemson also swept the three-game series by a combined score of 29-17 to close the regular season.
The Tigers hold a 17-10 lead in ACC Tournament games. The last time the two teams met in the ACC Tourney was 2008, when the Wolfpack defeated Clemson 10-0 in seven innings. That win snapped the Tigers' nine-game winning streak over the Wolfpack in the ACC Tournament. The Tigers also hold a 13-11 advantage in neutral-site contests.
Jack Leggett has a 41-18 record against N.C. State as Clemson's head coach, including an 8-1 mark in the ACC Tournament. Leggett was 7-18 against N.C. State as Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he has a 48-36 all-time record against the Wolfpack.
The Series (Virginia Tech)
Clemson and Virginia Tech have met 57 times, with the Tigers holding a 34-21-2 lead in the series dating back to 1902. Earlier this season, Clemson swept the Hokies at Doug Kingsmore Stadium by a combined score of 21-10. Last year at Virginia Tech, the Hokies won the first two games before the Tigers answered with a win in the series-finale.
The Tigers and Hokies have never met in the ACC Tournament. In fact, when the Hokies play Georgia Tech on Thursday, they will be playing their second game in the ACC Tourney and first since 2005. The Tigers also hold a 5-1 advantage in neutral-site contests.
Jack Leggett has an 18-3 record against Virginia Tech as Clemson's head coach. Leggett was 1-3 against Virginia Tech as Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he has a 19-9 all-time record against the Hokies.
The Series (Georgia Tech)
Clemson and Georgia Tech have met 203 times, with the series tied 100-100-3 dating back to 1902. Earlier this season, Georgia Tech swept the Tigers at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta by a combined score of 23-12. Last year at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson won the final two games of the series after the Yellow Jackets won the first matchup.
The Tigers hold a 14-9 lead in ACC Tournament games. The last time the two teams met in the ACC Tourney was 2008, when the Tigers defeated Georgia Tech 10-4. The Tigers also hold a 17-7 advantage in neutral-site contests.
Jack Leggett has a 34-30 record against Georgia Tech as Clemson's head coach, including a 7-5 mark in the ACC Tournament. Leggett was 3-5 against Georgia Tech as Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he has a 37-34 all-time record against the Yellow Jackets. v
The Starting Pitchers (N.C. State)
N.C. State will start senior lefthander Alex Sogard (1-2, 5.49 ERA) on the mound. The Phoenix, AZ native has made nine starts and four relief appearances for a total of 39.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 51 hits (.331 opponents' batting average) and 16 walks with 19 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with junior lefthander Casey Harman (6-2, 3.98 ERA) on Wednesday. The South Burlington, VT native has made 14 starts for a total of 86.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 81 hits (.247 opponents' batting average) and 26 walks with 70 strikeouts.
The Starting Pitchers (Virginia Tech)
Both teams have yet to name their starting pitchers for Friday's game.
The Starting Pitchers (Georgia Tech)
Both teams have yet to name their starting pitchers for Saturday's game.
N.C. State, led by 14th-year Head Coach Elliott Avent, enters the ACC Tournament with a 36-20 overall record and 15-15 ACC mark after sweeping Duke at home last weekend. N.C. State is riding a four-game winning streak and is 2-0 in neutral-site games in 2010.
N.C. State is averaging 9.5 runs per game and hitting .331 with a .545 slugging percentage and .432 on-base percentage thanks to 305 walks and 84 hit-by-pitches. The team has also totaled 148 doubles, 14 triples, 90 home runs, and 41 stolen bases.
Kyle Wilson leads the team with a .379 batting average, six homers, 29 RBIs, a .505 on-base percentage, and 12 stolen bases. Drew Poulk is batting .367 with 20 doubles, 13 homers, 67 RBIs, while his cousin Dallas Poulk is hitting .363 with 20 doubles, 10 homers, and 55 RBIs. Andrew Ciencin has added 19 doubles, nine homers, and a team-high 68 RBIs, while Chris Schaeffer (11), Pratt Maynard (10), and Harold Riggins (10) have all totaled double-digit long balls.
The pitching staff has a 4.99 ERA and .273 opponents' batting average along with 434 strikeouts against 238 walks in 503.2 innings pitched. Junior lefthander Grant Sasser has four of the team's eight saves along with a 2.84 ERA, a .191 opponents' batting average, and 43 strikeouts against 16 walks in 44.1 innings pitched over 22 relief appearances. N.C. State is fielding at a .959 clip as well.
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 16 in the nation, enters the ACC Tournament with a 37-19 overall record and 18-12 ACC mark after sweeping #7 Florida State at home last weekend. The Tigers, who have won four games in a row and 12 of their last 14 contests, are 2-1 in neutral-site games in 2010.
The Tigers are averaging 8.8 runs per game and hitting .305 with a .489 slugging percentage and .410 on-base percentage thanks to 323 walks and 52 hit-by-pitches. Clemson has also totaled 118 doubles, 11 triples, 75 homers, and 96 stolen bases.
Kyle Parker leads the team with a .373 batting average along with 18 homers, 14 doubles, 56 RBIs, 69 runs, and a .508 on-base percentage in 53 games. John Hinson is batting .333 with 12 homers, 60 RBIs, and a team-high 21 stolen bases. Jeff Schaus has added 13 long balls and an ACC-high 71 RBIs, while Brad Miller is hitting .365 with a .478 on-base percentage.
The pitching staff has a 4.63 ERA and .275 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed 191 walks against 383 strikeouts. Senior righthander Tomas Cruz has a team-high three saves, while junior righty Alex Frederick has a 6-0 record in his last seven appearances (one start). The Tigers are fielding at a .961 clip as well.
Five Tigers hail from the state of North Carolina, Wilson Boyd (Hickory), Hinson (Asheville), Addison Johnson (Pfafftown), Richie Shaffer (Charlotte), and Josh Thrailkill (Arden).
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