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Clemson Baseball Ranks Fifth in Latest Preseason Poll

Clemson Baseball Ranks Fifth in Latest Preseason Poll

Jan. 16, 2002

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson baseball team has been ranked fifth in the final preseason poll of the 2002 season. Baseball Weekly/ESPN voted the Tigers fifth, meaning Clemson is not ranked lower than sixth in any of the three preseason polls. Earlier this year, Clemson was ranked second by Baseball America and sixth by Collegiate Baseball.

The Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top-25 Preseason College Coaches Poll was selected by 41 Division I head baseball coaches representing the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

The Tigers finished 14th in the final 2001 USA Today/Baseball Weekly coaches poll last June after making their third straight NCAA Super Regional appearance. Clemson lost at the Coral Gables Super Regional to Miami, which was the eventual national champion. The Tigers finished with a 41-22 record and were playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 15th consecutive season, the fifth longest streak in the nation.

Clemson, which opens the 2002 season Feb. 22-24 with a three-game series vs. Auburn at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, begins practice on Saturday.

Baseball Weekly/ESPN Preseason Poll
Rank 2001 Record Votes (1st Place) Final 2001 Ranking
1. Stanford (51-17) 1,011 (33) 2
2. Miami (FL) (53-12) 925 (6) 1
3. Southern California (45-19) 885 (1) 4
4. Florida State (47-19) 856 (1) 10
5. CLEMSON (41-22) 834 14
6. Louisiana State (44-22-1) 809 9
7. Tulane (56-13) 794 6
8. Nebraska (50-16) 671 7
9. South Carolina (49-20) 617 13
10. Cal State-Fullerton (48-18) 543 3
11. Rice (47-20) 531 12
12. Texas (36-26) 481 NR
13. Notre Dame (49-13-1) 465 15
14. Oklahoma State (42-22) 388 NR
15. Wichita State (42-24) 363 NR
16. Baylor (37-24) 359 25
17. Arizona State (37-20-1) 342 22
18. Mississippi (39-23-1) 330 NR
19. Georgia Tech (41-20) 323 21
20. Mississippi State (39-24) 271 17
21. Wake Forest (44-18) 261 19
22. Fresno State (41-25) 258 NR
23. Florida (35-27) 139 NR
24. Rutgers (42-17) 121 NR
25. Tennessee (48-20) 105 5
Others receiving votes: North Carolina (77), Texas Tech (59), East Carolina (54), Cal State Northridge (43), Ohio State (42), Georgia (38), Texas A&M (31), Alabama (28), Nevada (27), UCLA (24), Ball State (20), Stetson (19), Washington (18), California (18), Arizona (18), Long Beach State (17), Winthrop (15), Houston (14), Purdue (11), Central Florida (11), Oral Roberts (8), Pepperdine (7), San Diego (6), Virginia Tech (6), South Alabama (5), Brigham Young (4), Georgia Southern (4), San Diego State (4), Florida International (3), South Florida (3), Campbell (3), New Orleans (1), Southwest Missouri State (1), Illinois (1), Oklahoma (1), Coastal Carolina (1), Louisiana-Lafayette (1).

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