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Myrtle Beach Regional at Coastal Carolina Field, Myrtle Beach
Head coach: Jack Leggett, 14th
NCAA appearances: 33
Last CWS appearance: 2006
About Clemson: Second-seed and No. 18 Clemson enters the NCAA Tournament coming off two wins in three games at the ACC Tournament. Clemson was 18-12 during the ACC regular season, finishing in second place in the Atlantic Division.
Did you know? Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament every year since the 1987 season, making College World Series appearances in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, and 2006. Clemson’s streak of 21 consecutive regionals is the third-longest streak in NCAA history, behind only Miami (35) and Florida State (30).
Team: Coastal Carolina
Conference: Big South
Head coach: Gary Gilmore, 12th
NCAA appearances: 7
Last CWS appearance: Has never advanced to the CWS
About Coastal Carolina: Top-seed and No. 10 Coastal Carolina enters the Myrtle Beach Regional after capturing the Big South Conference Tournament title at Rock Hill last weekend. Coastal Carolina is hitting .322 with a .414 on-base percentage, thanks to 273 walks, and 72 home runs. The Chanticleers, who are fielding at a .971 clip and have allowed just 23 steals, have totaled a remarkable 110 sacrifice bunts and 62 stolen bases in 84 attempts as well.
Did you know? The Chanticleers, who are 31-3 at home, had a 17-4 record during their conference regular season. After suffering a four-game losing streak in April, the team has gone 20-4 in the last 24 games.
Team: St. John’s
Nickname: Red Storm
Conference: Big East
Head coach: Ed Blankmeyer, 12th
NCAA appearances: 30
Last CWS appearance: 1980
About St. John’s: Third-seed Saint John’s (40-17) enters the NCAA Tournament after winning one of three games in the Big East Conference Tournament at Brooklyn, N.Y. last weekend. The Storm, who was 20-7 in conference regular-season games, started the season 0-7, but has gone 40-10 since. One of those wins came against No. 8 Rice on March 6, a 7-6 victory at Houston, Texas. Saint John’s is 17-5 on opponents’ home fields, but is just 2-8 in neutral-site games.
Did you know? The last time Clemson played against Saint John’s in 1993, Clemson’s starting first baseman was current Red Storm Assistant Coach Mike Hampton. Hampton had a 2-for-4 day with a double and RBI, and added 14 putouts.
Team: Virginia Commonwealth
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Head coach: Paul Keys, 13th
NCAA appearances: 9
Last CWS appearance: As never advanced to the CWS
About Virginia Commonwealth: Fourth-seed Virginia Commonwealth enters the Myrtle Beach Regional after winning the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title last weekend. After amassing an 18-11 conference mark during the regular season, the Rams went 4-0 in their conference tournament to earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA field.
Did you know? Clemson has never faced Virginia Commonwealth on the diamond. Virginia Commonwealth played in the 1998 East Regional at Clemson, but the Tigers and Rams did not meet in the six-team regional. Virginia Commonwealth has not lost more than two games in a row all season as well.