Clemson Baseball 24th In Baseball America Preseason Poll


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CLEMSON, S.C.-Baseball America magazine tabbed the Clemson baseball team 24th in its annual preseason college baseball poll released on Tuesday.


Clemson is one of four ACC teams listed in the poll. Florida State, Georgia Tech and defending ACC Champion Wake Forest were the others.


The Tigers, who begin practice on Saturday, will look to improve on a 42-27 record from a year ago. Clemson advanced to an NCAA Super Regional in 1999, where the Tigers were three outs away from advancing to the College World Series before losing to Texas A&M.


For the second time in three seasons, Baseball America has given Stanford of the Pacific-10 Conference the No. 1 ranking in its preseason Top 25 college baseball poll.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are 1999 final records.


Rank  Team         '99 Record  '99 Rank  
1.    Stanford     50-15       3 
2.    CS-Fullerton 50-14       6  
3.    Alabama      53-16       4
4.    UCLA         31-31       NR  
5.    Miami        50-13       1  
6.    Houston      40-24       24  
7.    Florida St.  57-14       2
8.    LSU          41-24       16  
9.    Georgia Tech 38-20       NR  
10.   Baylor       50-15       8  
11.   USC          36-26       10 
12.   Auburn       46-19       13 
13.   Wichita St.  59-14       14  
14.   Rice         59-15       5 
15.   Texas        36-26       NR
16.   Tulane       48-17       15  
17.   Loyola Mary. 33-28       NR
18.   Florida      31-25       NR
19.   Arizona      33-23       NR
20.   Notre Dame   43-18       NR 
21.   Wake Forest  46-16       11  
22.   Arizona St.  39-21       NR  
23.   C. Florida   38-21       NR  
24.   Clemson      42-27       17
25.   S. Carolina  35-23       NR


Junior outfielder Patrick Boyd has been named a Preseason First-Team All-American by Baseball America. Boyd was tabbed as the #2 Major League prospect for the 2000 Draft by Baseball America last summer. He hit .390 with 17 homers, 70 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases in '99. He joins North Carolina's Tyrell Godwin and Texas A&M's Daylan Holt on the first team at the outfield position.

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