Six ACC teams among USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25

Jan. 26, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Six Atlantic Coast Conference teams are ranked among the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll announced on Thursday.

Three conference teams are ranked among the top 10. North Carolina leads the way at No. 4, followed by Florida State at No. 9 and Georgia Tech at No. 10.

Miami checked in at No. 13, while defending ACC champion Virginia placed 17th and Clemson 23rd. NC State was among the teams receiving votes from the national panel of 31 NCAA Division I head coaches.

All 12 ACC teams open their seasons with nonconference games on Friday, Feb. 17. The 2012 ACC Baseball Championship is scheduled for May 23 through 27 at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.

Ten ACC student-athletes have been named 2012 preseason All-Americans. Six conference teams – North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia – have been ranked among the top 20 of at least one major preseason poll.

With North Carolina and Virginia reaching the College World Series last season, the ACC has placed a total of 14 teams in Omaha since 2006. Seven ACC teams received NCAA Tournament berths in 2011, and at least five conference teams have been selected for postseason play each of the past 10 seasons.

USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 COACHES’ POLL — Jan. 26, 2012

The preseason USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 baseball coaches’ poll, with FINAL 2011 RECORDS, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in final 2011 poll (June 29) and first-place votes received:

Rank School (2011 record) Points 2011 Final Rank Votes
1. Florida (53-19) 759 2 17
2. South Carolina (55-14) 740 1 12
3. Stanford (35-22) 646 13 1
4. North Carolina (51-16) 644 5 0
5. Texas (49-19) 629 7 0
6. Texas A&M (47-22) 608 6 1
7. Rice (42-21) 533 21 0
8. Arkansas (40-22) 470 23 0
9. Florida State (46-19) 469 9 0
10. Georgia Tech (42-21) 453 20 0
11. TCU (43-19) 420 19 0
12. Vanderbilt (54-12) 343 3 0
13. Miami (Fla.) (38-23) 338 24 0
14. LSU (36-20) 333 not ranked 0
15. Oklahoma (41-19) 281 not ranked 0
16. Cal State-Fullerton (41-17) 244 17 0
17. Virginia (56-12) 218 4 0
18. UCLA (35-24) 217 22 0
19. Oregon State (41-19) 214 11 0
20. Arizona (39-21) 210 25 0
21. St. John's (36-22) 207 not ranked 0
22. California (38-23) 181 8 0
23. Clemson (43-20) 180 16 0
24. Louisville (32-29) 176 not ranked 0
25. Georgia (33-32) 151 not ranked 0

Others receiving votes (with 2011 record): UC-Irvine (43-18) 102; Connecticut (45-20-1) 29; Mississippi State (38-25) 28; Baylor (31-28) 27; Dallas Baptist (42-20) 25; Oregon (33-26) 24; Stetson (43-20) 23; Southern Mississippi (39-19) 20; Fresno State (40-16) 13; Kent State (45-17) 13; Oklahoma State (35-25) 12; East Carolina (41-21) 9; Troy (43-19) 9; North Carolina State (35-27) 8; Georgia Southern (36-26) 7; Creighton (45-16) 6; Mississippi (30-25) 6; Missouri State (33-23) 6; Southern California (25-31) 6; Illinois (30-27) 5; Wichita State (39-26) 5; Alabama (35-28) 4; Belmont (38-26) 4; Coastal Carolina (42-20) 4; Pittsburgh (33-23) 4; Central Florida (39-23) 3; UNC-Wilmington (31-28) 3; Charleston (39-22) 1; Jacksonville (37-24) 1; James Madison (42-19) 1; Oral Roberts (39-22) 1; Southeastern Louisiana (35-22) 1; Stony Brook (42-12) 1.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. The board for the 2012 season: Terry Alexander, Jacksonville; John Anderson, Minnesota; Ed Blankmeyer, St. John’s; Rob Cooper, Wright State; Sherman Corbett, Texas-San Antonio; Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt; Barry Davis, Rider; Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross; Mike Gaski, UNC-Greensboro; Nino Giarratano, San Francisco; Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina; Keith Guttin, Missouri State; Danny Hall, Georgia Tech; Carlton Hardy, Savannah State; Donny Harrel, Seattle University; Loren Hibbs, Charlotte; Charlie Hickey, Central Connecticut State; George Horton, Oregon; Steve Jaksa, Central Michigan; Omar Johnson, Jackson State; Rick Jones, Tulane; John Musachio, Oakland (Mich.); Bobby Pierce, Troy; Gary Powers, Nevada; Mark Scalf, UNC-Wilmington; Jim Schlossnagle, TCU; Jim Schmitz, Eastern Illinois; Matt Senk, Stony Brook; Doug Smith, UC-Riverside; Steve Smith, Baylor; Bob Whalen, Dartmouth. NOTE: The American Baseball Coaches Assocation has ruled Arizona State ineligible for votes this season because of the school's NCAA postseason ban.