Baseball Ranks Fifth in Latest Preseason Poll


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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 Votes Final 2001

(1st Place) 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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