CLEMSON -- Clemson baseball will learn today if a strong finish to its season, including a series win at No. 7 Florida State and two wins in the ACC tournament, will be enough to secure one of 16 NCAA hosting sites.
The host sites for the opening play of the NCAA tournament will be announced today at 3:30 p.m. online at NCAA.com/CWS. Regardless of whether the Tigers host, they are thought to be a lock to be in the national tournament field, which will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Monday (ESPN).
To bolster its resume, No. 14 Clemson (41-18) has reached the 40-win plateau and entered the ACC tournament ranked seventh in the country in RPI, fourth in the ACC. Over the last decade, the ACC has not produced more than four host sites in the tournament.
Rivals.com projects Clemson as a host site along with South Carolina, which is thought to be a lock as one of eight national seeds.
Rivals.com predicts Clemson to play South Carolina in a Columbia Super Regional if both teams advance past the opening regional play. Baseball America also believes Clemson will host next week when regional play begins.
Clemson defeated N.C. State, 6-3, Saturday but did not advance to today's ACC title game.
Clemson probably would have ended any speculation about its hosting status if it had defeated Florida State on Thursday, thereby advancing to today's ACC tournament final.