Clemson No. 4 in Preseason Poll

Clemson No. 4 in Preseason Poll

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Clemson No. 4 in Preseason Poll

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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.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s   
NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll
(As of Dec. 20, 2010)   
Rank School (’10 Final Record)    Points
1. Texas Christian (54-14)        495
2. Florida (47-17)            494
3. UCLA (51-17)                493
4. Clemson (45-25)            489
5. Vanderbilt (46-20)            486
6. Oklahoma (50-18)            483
7. Texas (50-13)                481
8. Texas A&M (43-21-1)            480
9. Oregon (40-24)                479
10. Stanford (31-25)            474

11. Arizona St. (52-10)            473
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (46-18)    470
13. Florida St. (48-20)            469
14. South Carolina (54-16)        467
15. Louisiana St. (41-22)        465
16. Connecticut (48-16)            462
17. Virginia (51-14)            457
18. Miami, Fla. (43-20)            455
19. Georgia Tech (47-15)        454
20. Louisville (50-14)            451

21. Rice (40-23)                450
22. Arizona (34-24)            445
23. Wichita St. (41-19)            443
24. Coastal Carolina (55-10)        440
25. Auburn (43-21)            437
26. St. John’s (43-20)            435
27. North Carolina (38-32)        434
28. San Diego (37-22)            427
29. Fresno St. (38-25)            426
30. Pittsburgh (38-18)            425

31. Washington St. (37-22)        422
32. Arkansas (43-21)            418
33. California (29-25)            417
34. U.C. Irvine (39-21)            414
35. College of Charleston (44-19)    412
36. Florida Atlantic (37-24)        409
37. Kansas St. (37-22)            407
38. Hawaii (35-28)            402
39. Baylor (36-24)            401
40. Kent St. (39-25)            398

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Florida International, U.C. Riverside, N.C.
State, Oregon St., Mississippi, Kentucky, Southern California, Washington,
Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi St., Oklahoma St., Missouri, South
Florida, Nebraska, Cal Poly, Long Beach St., U.C. Santa Barbara, Florida
Gulf Coast, Liberty, Minnesota, Michigan, James Madison, Southern
Mississippi, East Carolina, Central Florida, Central Michigan,
Bethune-Cookman, Illinois St., San Diego St., Tennessee Tech., The Citadel,
Texas St., Northwestern St., Oral Roberts, Louisiana Lafayette, Western
Kentucky, Lamar, Portland, Pepperdine, Gonzaga, Nevada, New Mexico St., San
Jose St., Charlotte, Mercer, East Tennessee St., Jacksonville, Georgia St.,
Tulane, Utah Valley St., New Mexico, Stony Brook, Iowa, Wisc.-Milwaukee,
Canisius, Bryant, Jacksonville St., Dallas Baptist, Le Moyne.

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