Clemson Leads Six ACC Teams In Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top 40

Dec. 20, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. - Fourth-ranked Clemson heads up a group of six Atlantic Coast Conference teams among "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper's 2011 NCAA Division I pre-season baseball poll.

The Tigers, coming off their 12th College World Series appearance in 2010, finished with 489 total points in the voting, just six points behind top-ranked Texas Christian's 495. Florida (494) and UCLA (493) were ranked second and third respectively.

Clemson returns three starting pitchers and four position players from last season's 45-25 team, including three that have been selected to at least one 2011 preseason All-America team in outfielder Jeff Schaus, third baseman John Hinson and shortstop Brad Miller.

While the Tigers are the only ACC team ranked among Collegiate Baseball's top 10, the ACC leads all conferences with five teams ranked among the top 20. Defending ACC champion Florida State, which joined Clemson in last year's CWS, is ranked No. 13, while Virginia is ranked 17th, Miami 18th and Georgia Tech 19th.

North Carolina rounds out the ACC contingent with a No. 27 ranking in the 40-team poll. All six of the ACC's 2011 preseason ranked teams joined NC State and Virginia Tech to give the ACC a league-record eight teams in the 2010 NCAA tournament field. NC State received votes in Collegiate Baseball's 2011 preseason poll.

For a detailed rundown on the top 40 teams, see the Jan. 7, 2011 edition of "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper which also includes complete details of all top players in each NCAA Division I conference.

The "Collegiate Baseball" Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1958 college baseball season.