LIVE VIDEO: News 2 at Noon Friday    Watch
 

North Carolina Ranked 4th In Preseason Baseball Poll

4:37 PM, Dec 19, 2011   |    comments
Courtesy: Getty Images
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
  • FILED UNDER

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The North Carolina Tar Heels are ranked 4th in the 2012 Collegiate Baseball Top 40 Pre-Season Baseball Poll.

The team has five players from the Triad on its spring roster.

Sophomore outfielder Chaz Frank is attended Central Davidson High School.

Junior shortstop Levi Michael attended North Davidson High School.

Sophomore right handed pitcher Chris Munnelly attended Forsyth Country Day.

Former Glenn High School standout Parks Jordan and Graham High School's catcher Matt Roberts will join the Tar Heels this season as freshmen.

Six Atlantic Coast Conference teams are ranked in the 2012 Collegiate Baseball Top 40 Pre-Season Baseball Poll, including two among the Top 10.

North Carolina, which returns a strong cast from last season's College World Series team, is ranked No. 4 in the poll released by the publication on Monday. Georgia Tech, with several key players from the 2011 Coastal Division co-championship team set to return, is ranked No. 9.

Florida State is ranked at No. 13, Miami at No. 14 and Clemson at No. 25. Virginia, which joined UNC in the 2011 College World Series, is ranked No. 33. NC State is listed among the teams receiving votes.

Florida received a No. 1 preseason ranking, followed by two-time defending NCAA champion South Carolina at No. 2 and Stanford at No. 3.

For a detailed rundown on the top 40 teams, see the Jan. 6, 2012 edition of Collegiate Baseball newspaper, which also includes a complete look at every NCAA Division I Conference with pre-season rankings and a listing of top players in each league, including projected pitchers and players of the year.

In addition, this issue of Collegiate Baseball features a draft preview of all potential college players who may be picked in the first two rounds of the 2012 Free Agent Draft next spring and Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American teams.

The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1958 college baseball season.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Top 40 Poll

(As of Dec. 19, 2011)

Rank School ('11 Final Record) Points

1. Florida (53-19) 497

2. South Carolina (55-14) 494

3. Stanford (35-22) 490

4. North Carolina (51-16) 488

5. Texas (49-19) 485

6. Texas A&M (47-22) 484

7. Rice (42-21) 482

8. Arkansas (40-22) 479

9. Georgia Tech. (42-21) 476

 

10. Texas Christian (43-19) 474

11. St. John's (36-22) 470

12. Louisiana St. (36-20) 468

13. Florida St. (46-19) 465

14. Miami, Fla. (38-23) 464

15. Louisville (32-29) 460

16. Oklahoma (41-19) 458

17. Arizona St. (43-18) 457

18. Georgia (33-32) 455

19. UCLA (35-24) 454

20. Arizona (39-21) 452

21. Cal. St. Fullerton (41-17) 449

22. California (38-23) 447

23. Vanderbilt (54-12) 445

24. Oregon St. (41-19) 443

25. Clemson (43-20) 437

26. Stetson (43-20) 435

27. Oregon (33-26-1) 432

28. Baylor (31-28) 430

29. U.C. Irvine (43-18) 425

30. Southern Miss. (39-19) 422

31. Missouri St. (33-23) 419

32. College of Charleston (39-22) 417

33. Virginia (56-12) 413

34. Georgia Southern (36-26) 412

35. Texas St. (41-23) 408

36. Central Florida (39-23) 406

37. Wichita St. (39-26) 403

38. Jacksonville (37-24) 400

39. Florida International (40-20-1) 397

40. Southern California (25-31) 395

OTHER TEAMS RECEIVING VOTES: Coastal Carolina, Oklahoma St., Charlotte, East Carolina, Kent St., Creighton, Oral Roberts, Troy, South Alabama, San Diego, Gonzaga, San Francisco, Fresno St., Hawaii, Dallas Baptist, N.C. State, Mississippi St., Auburn, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Stony Brook, Maine, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Notre Dame, South Florida, Liberty, Winthrop, Purdue, Michigan St., Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas St., Texas Tech., Missouri, Cal Poly, Long Beach St., U.C. Riverside, James Madison, Tulane, Houston, Manhattan, Rider, Central Michigan, Illinois St., New Mexico, San Diego St., Nevada-Las Vegas, Austin Peay St., Samford, Elon, N.C. Greensboro, S.E. Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana-Lafayette, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, San Jose St., New Mexico St., Cal. St. Bakersfield.

ACC/WFMY News 2 Sports

Most Watched Videos