Tech Baseball Ranked 22nd in Preseason Poll

Dec. 20, 2001

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech is ranked 22nd in the 2002 Collegiate Baseball Pre-season poll, marking the 10th consecutive season that the Yellow Jackets have been rated as one of the top 25 teams in the country to start the season.

The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 2001 season in which they won 40 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in the last 18 years. Pre-season All-America catcher Tyler Parker and shortstop Victor Menocal headline 15 returning letterwinners.

Stanford was ranked as the No. 1 team in the pre-season, followed by Florida State, Tulane, USC and LSU. A total of four teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference were voted into the Top 25, including No. 2 Florida State, No. 6 Clemson, No. 16 Wake Forest and No. 22 Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets open the 2002 season on Feb. 15 when they face Tennessee Tech in what will be the first game played at the newly rebuilt, 4,500-seat Russ Chandler Stadium.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper'sNCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll

Rank School (’01 Final Record) Points Final ’01 Rank 1. Stanford (51-17) 497 2 2. Florida St. (47-19) 495 9 3. Tulane (56-13) 491 6 4. Southern California (45-19) 489 5 5. Louisiana St. (44-22-1) 486 10 6. Clemson (41-22) 484 13 7. Miami, Fla. (53-12) 480 1 8. South Carolina (49-20) 477 15 9. Wichita St. (42-24) 475 NR 10. Oklahoma St. (42-22) 472 NR 11. Fresno St. (41-25) 468 NR 12. Rice (47-20) 466 16 13. Nebraska (50-16) 462 7 14. Mississippi (39-23-1) 459 NR 15. Texas (36-26) 458 28 16. Wake Forest (44-18) 456 18 17. Cal. St. Fullerton (48-18) 453 3 18. Baylor (37-24) 451 22 19. Notre Dame (49-13-1) 447 12 20. Arizona St. (37-20-1) 445 23 21. Florida (35-27) 442 NR 22. Georgia Tech (41-20) 441 27 23. Mississippi St. (39-24) 437 14 24. Ohio St. (43-18) 433 NR 25. Rutgers (42-17) 430 25

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