By Trey McCurry.
By Trey McCurry
With Opening Day less than two months away, TCI is gearing up for baseball season. This week we take a look at some notes about each of the teams on Clemson’s schedule in 2014. Stay tuned to TCI before each game/series as we break down each opponent in more detail as well as updating how their seasons are going.
- The Tigers 56-game regular-season schedule features 33 home games, 3 matchups in Greenville (South Carolina – March 1, UNLV – May 4 & Furman – May 13), and 20 road contests.
- Clemson has 19 games against teams that participated in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The tournament teams the Tigers will face are Coastal Carolina, Florida State, Miami (FL), NC State, South Carolina, Virginia, & Virginia Tech. Fourteen of the 19 matchups will occur at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
- The Tigers’ five ACC home series will be against Boston College, Florida State, Miami (FL), NC State, & Virginia Tech while Clemson’s ACC road series will be at Maryland, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia, & Wake Forest. The Tigers will not face Duke, Georgia Tech, or North Carolina during the regular season.
- Ten teams will participate in the ACC Tournament at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, NC from May 20-25.
- It will be the third time overall that the ACC Tournament has been held at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro (2010 & 2012). Clemson is 2-4 in their previous two tournaments in Greensboro (1-0 vs. Florida State, 1-1 vs. Georgia Tech, & 0-1 vs. NC State, Virginia, & Virginia Tech).
Clemson and Eastern Michigan:
- The Tigers last faced Eastern Michigan in 2011, which also happened to be a season-opening series at Clemson. The Tigers won two of three games against the Eagles, taking the first & third games (14-3 & 5-1) while falling 7-6 in game two.
- The last MAC team, besides Eastern Michigan, Clemson faced was Miami (OH) to open the 2010 season. The Tigers picked up a 11-0 victory in that game.
- Clemson is 36-25-2 all-time against current MAC members, including a 36-22-2 mark at Clemson.
Clemson and Maine:
- The Tigers last faced Maine in 2012, winning two of three games against the Black Bears at Doug Kingsmore Stadium (5-6, 9-5, & 9-6).
- The 2012 series also happened on the second weekend of the regular-season
- Clemson has never faced another current member of the America East in baseball.
Clemson and Presbyterian College:
- The Tigers face the Blue Hose for the seventh straight year after a 57-year break in the series.
- Presbyterian College’s 8-4 win at Clemson in 2012 was their first at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and first win in Clemson since 1949.
- The teams have split the last four meetings over the past three seasons.
Clemson and South Carolina:
- The teams meet in their unique three-game series at three different sites for the fifth straight season, with Fluor Field in Greenville hosting the neutral site game for the fourth time.
- The teams have faced each other in eight different cities in the state of South Carolina (Anderson, Charleston, Clemson, Columbia, Greenville, Orangeburg, Spartanburg, and Sumter).
- The Tigers trail 7-8 all-time in neutral site contests, and last season’s 6-3 win at Fluor Field broke a seven-game losing streak at neutral sites.
Clemson and Western Carolina:
- The scheduled meeting at Western Carolina on March 4will mark the 17th time that Leggett has taken a Tiger team to Cullowhee.
- This season will mark the 18th time in Coach Leggett’s 21 seasons at Clemson that the two teams have played at least two games against each other.
- Leggett has been involved in 61 of the 71 contests the two schools have played in their history.
Clemson and Virginia Tech:
- The Tigers and Virginia Tech meet for the first time since the 2011 season.
- The teams met for a three-game series during the Hokies first seven seasons in the ACC before taking a two-year break.
- Clemson has swept all nine games from Virginia Tech at Doug Kingsmore Stadium since the Hokies joined the ACC.
Clemson and Appalachian State:
- The two teams last met in 1997, a 17-4 Tiger win in Clemson.
- Clemson is 16-2 against the Mountaineers at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
- Leggett is 21-10 all-time against Appalachian State, going 3-0 at Clemson and 18-10 while at Western Carolina.
Clemson and Wake Forest:
- The Tigers and Demon Deacons have met every season since 1954.
- Wake Forest swept a three-game series from Clemson in 2012 for the first time since the 1999 (both times in Winston-Salem).
- Despite holding a 17-13 series lead under Jack Leggett at Winston-Salem, the Tigers have lost their last three series at Wake Forest.
Clemson and Georgia Southern:
- The Tigers and Georgia Southern played a series against each other for the first time since 1992 last season.
- Clemson’s last trip to Statesboro saw the team’s split a two-game set in 1995.
- Eagles Head Coach Rodney Hennon played for Jack Leggett at Western Carolina in 1990 and 1991, before later serving as the head coach for the Catamounts for two seasons before going to Georgia Southern.
Clemson and Florida State:
- The Tigers and Seminoles have played at least three times every season since 1992, including 13 seasons of four or more meetings.
- Clemson and the Florida State are the only two teams to win the Atlantic Division since the ACC went to the division format in 2006.
- The Tigers have won eight of the 11 ACC series between the two teams at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson and Georgia:
- The Tigers and Bulldogs are scheduled to play a home-and-home series for the 16th straight season.
- The two teams have met every season since 1959.
- Georgia is Clemson’s second-most played opponent in program history with 224 previous meeting (Clemson has played South Carolina 303 times).
Clemson and Maryland:
- The Tigers and Maryland have played at least one game every season since 1954.
- Jack Leggett is 52-10 as Clemson’s head coach against the Terps.
- The 52 wins are the most wins over any one opponent during Leggett’s time in Tigertown.
Clemson and Furman:
- The Tigers and Furman have met on the diamond every season since 1983.
- This is the seventh straight year that the teams are scheduled to play one contest at Clemson and another at Fluor Field in Greenville. The Tigers are 7-0 against the Paladins at Fluor Field, outscoring Furman 74-21 in the seven meetings.
- Clemson has made only two appearances at Furman since Leggett became the head coach in 1994 (winning 9-6 in 11 innings in 2001 and losing 10-8 in 2003).
Clemson and Winthrop
- The Tigers face Winthrop for the third consecutive season and it will be the 12th straight meeting in the series between the teams at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
- Despite trailing 14-4 in the series at Clemson, the Eagles have won three of the past five meetings.
- Two former Tigers are on the Winthrop coaching staff: Head Coach Tom Riginos (assistant coach 2003-10) and Assistant Coach Ben Hall (player 2005-06 and student assistant coach 2007).
Clemson and NC State:
- The Tigers and NC State have met every season since 1953, the longest consecutive streak by Clemson against an ACC opponent.
- The two teams have met four times in three of the past four seasons, and have met four times in 12 of Leggett’s 20 seasons at Clemson.
- The Tigers have won eight of 10 series at Clemson under Jack Leggett, including a stretch of seven series in a row between 1998 & 2010.
Clemson and Virginia:
- The Tigers have not won a regular-season series against Virginia since 2005 (Virginia won two games in the ACC Tournament that year in Jacksonville) and last won the entire season series in 2003.
- Clemson’s last series win at Charlottesville was in 2002. In the four series at Virginia since then, the Tigers are 1-11.
- Since 2004, Virginia leads the series between the two teams 23-5 after Clemson held a 98-27 lead through the first 125 games in the series.
Clemson and Coastal Carolina:
- The Tigers have faced Coastal 50 times dating back to 1986, with 36 of the meetings coming at Clemson.
- In the 28 seasons since the series began, the teams have not met in only three seasons (1987, 2006, & 2013).
- The Tigers last played on Coastal’s campus in 1994, but the teams have met at Myrtle Beach (three times) and Columbia (twice) since then.
Clemson and Pittsburgh:
- The teams have never met on the baseball diamond.
- The last time Clemson met a team from Pennsylvania was Villanova in 1991.
- Pittsburgh will be the first new conference opponent that Clemson has never previously played since the Tigers began playing Boston College in 2006.
Clemson and Miami (FL):
- This will be the Hurricanes fifth trip to Clemson since joining the ACC in 2005.
- The Tigers are 8-4 against Miami (FL) at home since the Hurricanes joined the conference and 11-7 all-time against Miami (FL) at Clemson.
- Clemson leads the overall series 14-11 since Miami (FL) joined the ACC.
Clemson and James Madison:
- The teams last met in 2006.
- Fifteen of the 18 previous meetings have occurred at Clemson.
- The Tigers are a perfect 15-0 against James Madison at Clemson.
Clemson and UNLV:
- The teams last met in 2001.
- Six of the previous nine meetings have occurred in Las Vegas and were all meetings that occurred during a tournament.
- The Rebels only appearance at Clemson came in 2000, when the Tigers won two of three games.
Clemson and High Point:
- The teams last met in 2008, a 12-3 Clemson win.
- The teams have only met nine times, with eight of the meetings coming at Clemson.
- The Panthers are one of four Big South opponents for the Tigers in 2014.
Clemson and Notre Dame:
- The teams have met once all-time, an 8-1 Irish win.
- The 1994 meeting took place at the NCAA East Regional, held at Clemson.
- The Tigers are the only program in the ACC that will face both ACC newcomers on the road in 2014.
Clemson and Boston College:
- The Tigers will face Boston College for the ninth straight season after not facing the Eagles in the previous 108 years of the program.
- The two teams have played a doubleheader in the series four times in eight years, including three of the four series in Chestnut Hill.
- After the first five series between the teams were won by a 2-1 margin, Clemson has swept the last three series (and won 13 of the last 14 meetings overall).