Baseball Picked Fourth in ACC Preseason Poll
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia baseball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Coastal Division in the 2009 ACC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released today by the conference office.
Virginia, with 34 points, was selected behind North Carolina (72), Georgia Tech (61) and reigning conference champion Miami (49). Duke (24) and Virginia Tech (17) were picked fifth and sixth, respectively. North Carolina was a unanimous selection as the Coastal Division champion and also received 10 votes to finish as the conference’s overall champion.
Florida State (67 points) was a slight favorite in the Atlantic Division, followed by Clemson (61), NC State (50), Wake Forest (33), Boston College (25) and Maryland (16).
The ACC placed six teams in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and led all conferences by placing four teams in the Super Regionals and three Florida State, Miami and North Carolina in the College World Series.
Virginia begins its season at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 vs. Bucknell. The Cavaliers open their ACC slate March 6 at Wake Forest and play host to their first conference games March 13-15 vs. Florida State.
2009 ACC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll (first-place votes in parentheses)
Florida State (8), 67
Clemson (4), 61
NC State, 50
Wake Forest, 33
Boston College, 25
North Carolina (12), 72
Georgia Tech, 56
Virginia Tech, 17
Overall champion: North Carolina (10)