College Baseball

ACC coaches pick Clemson to finish third in Atlantic Division

sports@islandpacket.comJanuary 25, 2013 

Clemson was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference in a vote of the league's 12 head baseball coaches on Friday in Greensboro, N.C.

N.C. State was selected as the 2013 ACC preseason favorite. The Wolfpack was named by six coaches as this year's ACC team to beat, while North Carolina received four votes, and Florida State and Virginia one each.

N.C. State, which returns 2012 ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year Carlos Rodon, along with preseason All-America infielder Trea Turner, was also named by 10 coaches as the likely Atlantic Division winner. Defending division champion Florida State and Clemson each received one first-place vote.

North Carolina received the nod to repeat as the Coastal Division champion. The Tar Heels received nine of the possible 12 first-place votes while totaling 69 total points (six points for each first-place vote, five for each second-place vote, etc). The Tar Heels were followed in the overall Coastal Division voting by Georgia Tech (55), while Virginia (50) placed third and Miami (39) fourth. Virginia Tech (27) placed fifth, followed by Duke (12).

Two coaches named Virginia as the likely Coastal Division winner, and defending ACC champion Georgia Tech received one vote.

N.C. State (69) and Florida State (60) were picked 1-2 in the overall Atlantic Division voting, followed by Clemson (50), Wake Forest (34), Maryland (22) and Boston College (17).

All 12 ACC teams open their seasons with non-conference games on Friday, Feb. 15. Clemson hosts William & Mary for a three-game set to open the season.

The 2013 ACC Baseball Championship is scheduled for May 22 through 26 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

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