Baseball Picked to Win ACC in 2002
GREENSBORO, NC - The Atlantic Coast Conference's nine head coaches
selected Clemson as the top pick to win the conference championship
in 2002 with five first place votes and 77 points.
The Tigers return seven position players and three starting pitchers
from their 2001 squad which finished second in the ACC regular season
standings and compiled an overall record of 41-22.
Shortstop Khalil Greene and righthanded pitcher Steve Reba are back
for their senior campaigns after getting drafted last June. Greene,
who was drafted in the 14th round by the Chicago Cubs, broke Bill
Spiers' fielding record at shortstop, fielding .965 in 2001. Reba, a
16th-round pick of the Oakland Athletics, led the ACC in wins (12-3),
ERA (2.58) and strikeouts (103) last season.
In the voting, Florida State finished a close second with 74 points
and four first place votes after finishing the 2001 season as the
regular season champion. ACC Tournament Champion Wake Forest finished
in third place tallying 57 points. The Demon Deacons finished last
season with a 44-18 overall record.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fill the fourth place slot with 56
points, while North Carolina placed fifth in the balloting with 45
points. The Tar Heels were followed by N.C. State who finished with
33 points and then Duke with 29 points. Virginia was selected to
finish eighth with 24 points and Maryland ninth with nine points.
The Tigers, ranked second by Baseball America, fifth by Baseball
Weekly/ESPN and sixth by Collegiate Baseball, open the 2002 campaign
at home with a three-game series against Auburn at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium, Feb. 22-24.
2002 ACC Coaches Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
School Points 2001 Record/Finish
1. Clemson (5) 77 41-22, 17-7 ACC
2. Florida St (4) 74 47-19, 20-4 ACC
3. Wake Forest 57 44-18, 16-8 ACC
4. Georgia Tech 56 41-20, 13-11 ACC
5. North Carolina 45 31-26, 9-15 ACC
6. N.C. State 33 32-29, 9-15 ACC
7. Duke 29 23-33, 10-13 ACC
8. Virginia 24 25-31, 9-15 ACC
9. Maryland 9 17-37, 4-19 ACC