Clemson, who was awarded a regional site in this week’s NCAA Baseball Tournament on Sunday night, found out on Monday it will host UNC Greensboro, Vanderbilt and St. John’s in the Clemson Regional this weekend.
Clemson, the No. 1 seed in the Clemson Regional, will play No. 4 UNC Greensboro on Friday at 7 p.m., while No. 2 seed Vanderbilt will play No. 3 seed St. John’s on the same day at noon.
The Tigers (39-19) also learned their regional will be paired up with the Corvallis, Ore., Regional winner. Oregon State, the host there, is the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
This will be the 15th time in history Clemson hosted an NCAA Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers have a 45-13 record in NCAA Tournament games at home, including 40 wins in the last 49 games. One of the losses during that span came against Southern California, who defeated the Tigers 8-5 on May 23, 1998. That Trojan team went on to win the national title.
Last year, the Tigers finished second in the Clemson Regional, losing to Oklahoma State twice. The Cowboys went on to beat South Carolina the following week to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
This year will mark just the second time Clemson has hosted a regional since 2012. The Tigers have not won a regional since 2010, which also happens to be the last time it went Omaha for the CWS.
Clemson, who has hosted four NCAA Super Regionals, first hosted an NCAA Regional in 1980. The Tigers swept through three games that year, including a 17-12 win over South Carolina that clinched Clemson’s trip to Omaha.
The Tigers have celebrated a trip to Omaha by winning a regional or super regional on their home field seven times, including each of the last six times they have advanced to the College World Series.