Second-seeded Clemson (33-26) enters the NCAA Tournament coming off one win in three games in the ACC Tournament at Greensboro, NC. Clemson was 16-14 during the ACC regular season, finishing third in the Atlantic Division standings. Clemson is making its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 26 years and 37th overall, fifth-most in the nation.
The Tigers, who are 9-9 on opponents’ home fields and 3-3 in neutral-site contests, are led by 19th-year Head Coach Jack Leggett. His 845 wins are seventh-most in college baseball during his tenure. The Tigers are also 8-10 against top-25 ranked teams in 2011.
Clemson, who is averaging 5.7 runs per game, is hitting .269 with a .387 slugging percentage and .359 on-base percentage. Clemson, who has 252 walks against 367 strikeouts, also has 92 doubles, 15 triples, 40 homers, and 63 stolen bases in 81 attempts.
Richie Shaffer leads the team with a .339 batting average along with 19 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 46 RBIs, a .479 on-base percentage thanks to 58 walks, and eight steals. Steve Wilkeson is batting .308 with 10 stolen bases, while Thomas Brittle is hitting .303 with eight doubles, eight triples, two homers, 33 RBIs, and 11 steals. Phil Pohl has added eight home runs and 50 RBIs as well. All four players were named to the All-ACC team in 2012.
The pitching staff has a 3.94 ERA and .269 opponents’ batting average. The staff has allowed 235 walks against 434 strikeouts, good for a 1.90-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Junior righty Kevin Brady has a 2.52 ERA and .226 opponents’ batting average in 60.2 innings pitched over 13 appearances (11 starts). Sophomore righty Kevin Pohle is 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA in 15 appearances (13 starts), while freshman righthander Daniel Gossett is 6-3 with two saves and 79 strikeouts. In 49.2 innings pitched over 22 relief appearances, junior righty Scott Firth is 4-0 with two saves and a 1.99 ERA. Clemson is fielding at a .974 clip as well.