The Tigers were ranked in the top 5 all season but went in a bit of a tailspin to end the season. I was the only one in the media who thought the Tigers would still host an NCAA Regional even before they lost 2-0 to No.6 Duke in the ACC Semifinal, and the Selection Committee gave Clemson the last regional site on Sunday night.
The Tigers will host Auburn for the second straight year, along with Fullerton and UNCG, who they beat twice this season. The committee didn't do Clemson any favors, though, because if they advance, they will have to go to 51-1 Defending Champ Oklahoma for the Super Regional. The Tigers should have been at least a couple seeds higher. UGA, for example, is the No.14 seed, despite a worse record and losing 7-1 to the Tigers this season. There were 4 SEC teams with a worse record seeded higher than the Tigers, and both Alabama and Arkansas had twice as many losses. The Tigers were 3-1 against the SEC this season, losing only 1-0 to SEC Champ Tennessee away from home. The Tigers swept the Gamecocks, who were SEC Tournament runners-up! It's just more of the typical SEC bias from the Selection Committee that has once again put the Tigers in an unfair difficult spot.
The Tigers will open regional play UNCG on Friday.
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