Clemson Baseball Earns Preseason Top-10 Rankings


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CLEMSON, SC - The Clemson Tigers have earned preseason mention as a
top-10 team by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.


The Tigers are ranked fifth in the Collegiate Baseball poll behind
top-ranked Georgia Tech, Southern California, LSU and Nebraska. In
the Baseball America poll, Clemson is ranked 10th. Georgia Tech has
been picked as the top team in the preseason in that poll as well,
followed by Southern California, LSU, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Arizona
State, Florida State, South Carolina and Notre Dame.


Clemson finished seventh in the nation after earning a trip to the
College World Series last spring. The Tigers finished 51-18 in the
2000 campaign, extending the streak of 40-win seasons to 15. The
appearance in the NCAA Tournament was the Tigers' 14th straight.


Clemson returns five position starters, including shortstop Jeff
Baker, third baseman Khalil Greene, second baseman Ryan Riley and
left fielder Casey Stone along with center fielder Patrick Boyd, who
returns to Clemson after being drafted in the fourth round of
baseball's amateur draft. All five players have made significant
contributions in recent years. The Tigers lost Ryan Mottl and Scott
Berney, who combined for 19 wins, but return almost every other
pitcher off the staff that recorded a 3.99 ERA in 2000.


The Tigers open the season Feb. 16-18 when they host Richmond in a
three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Division I Baseball

Fabulous 40 Pre-Season Poll

Rank School ('00 Final Record)	
                                 Points	        Final '00 Rank
1. Georgia Tech (50-16)	         478		10
2. So California (44-20)         477		5
3. Louisiana St. (52-17)         473		1
4. Nebraska (51-17)	         469		11
5. Clemson (51-18)	         465		6
6. Arizona St. (44-15)	         462		12
7. Rice (43-23)	                 460         	26
8. Florida St. (53-19)	         456		3
9. Miami, Fla. (41-19-1)         455		14
10. So Carolina (56-10)	         453		9
11. Stanford (50-16)	         449		2
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (38-21)	 446		22
13. Florida (44-23-1)	         442		17
14. Notre Dame (46-18)	         439		NR
15. Oklahoma (41-23)	         437		NR
16. Georgia (32-26)          	 433		NR
17. Baylor (45-17)	         430		18
18. Auburn (41-20)	         429		25
19. Central Florida (43-19)	 425		30
20. Stetson (48-16)	         424		23
21. Mississippi St. (41-20)	 420		15
22. Long Beach St. (31-25)	 418		NR
23. Evansville (41-22)	         415		NR
24. Alabama (41-24)	         411		27
25. Tennessee (40-23)	         409		NR
26. Texas (46-21)	         406		7
27. The Citadel (39-20)	         404		NR
28. Wake Forest (41-20-1)	 399		20
29. Wichita St. (44-21)	         397		28
30. East Carolina (46-18)	 394		29
31. Fl International (42-20)	 390		NR
32. Southern Miss. (32-26)	 387		NR
33. Tulane (38-22-1)	         383		NR
34. Texas A&M (23-35)	         380		NR
35. Oklahoma St. (36-22)	 379		NR
36. Fresno St. (40-21)	         375		NR
37. Pepperdine (36-23)	         370		NR
38. Virginia Tech. (34-25-2)	 367		NR
39. Minnesota (38-24)	         364		NR
40. Penn State (45-19)	         360		19


Baseball America

NCAA Division I Baseball

Preseason College Top 25

Team (2000 W-L)	              Final Rank
1. Georgia Tech (50-16)	        6
2. So California (44-20)        5
3. Louisiana St. (52-17)	1
4. Miami, Fla. (41-19-1)	13
5. Nebraska (51-17)	        8
6. Arizona St. (44-15)		12
7. Florida St. (53-19)		3
8. South Carolina (56-10)	4
9. Notre Dame (46-18)	        NR
10. Clemson (51-18)	        7
11. Auburn (41-20)	        25
12. Rice (43-23)	        NR
13. Florida (44-23-1)	        20
14. Stanford (50-16)	        2
15. Cal. St. Fullerton (38-21)	22
16. Georgia (32-26)	        NR
17. Central Florida (43-19)	NR
18. Pepperdine (36-23)	        NR
19. Tulane (38-22-1)	        NR
20. Baylor (45-17)	        14
21. Mississippi St. (41-20)	15
22. Long Beach St. (31-25)	NR
23. East Carolina (46-18)	NR
24. Minnesota (38-24)	        NR
25. Southern Miss. (32-26)	NR

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