Baseball Team Ranked in Preseason Polls


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<font class=caption>Johnson batted .384 with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs in 2002.</a>
Johnson batted .384 with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs in 2002.

CLEMSON, SC - The 2003 Clemson baseball team has been ranked 18th by Collegiate Baseball and 19th by Baseball America in each organization's preseason poll. The Tigers are coming off a College World Series season in which they finished 54-17.


Head Coach Jack Leggett's squad will be led by senior first baseman Michael Johnson. The second-round draft pick in 2002 was named a preseason second-team All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball after batting .384 with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs in 2002.


The Tigers will begin the 2003 season on Feb. 21 at Auburn.


Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll


Rank School (’02 Final Record) Points Final ’02 Rank 
1. Texas (57-15)               496  1 
2. Florida St. (60-14)         493  9 
3. Southern California (37-24) 490 12 
4. Rice (52-14)                489  7 
5. Georgia Tech. (52-16)       485  5 
6. Louisiana St. (44-22)       484 11 
7. Cal. St. Fullerton (37-22)  479 28 
8. South Carolina (57-18)      477  2 
9. Stanford (47-18)            475  4 
10. Houston (48-17)            470 10 
11. Mississippi St. (34-24-1)  468 NR 
12. Arizona St. (37-21)        464 26 
13. Long Beach St. (39-21)     462 27 
14. Miami, Fla. (34-29)        458 17 
15. Wake Forest (47-13-1)      457 14 
16. Richmond (53-13)           456 13 
17. Baylor (36-26)             450 NR 
18. Clemson (54-18)            449  3 
19. Notre Dame (50-18)         447  6 
20. South Alabama (42-19)      445 25 
21. Florida Atlantic (46-21)   440 15 
22. Nebraska (47-21)           438  8 
23. Tulane (36-27)             437 NR 
24. S.W. Missouri St. (43-21)  432 NR 
25. California (29-27)         430 NR

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