Dec. 21, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Georgia Tech baseball team is ranked No. 6 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s 2010 preseason poll, which was released Monday.
The No. 6 ranking is Tech’s highest preseason standing since the 2006 season in which the Jackets were ranked No. 4 by Baseball America – the same year the school made its last trip to the College World Series in Omaha.
The Jackets return 24 letterwinners from a 2009 team that went 38-19-1 and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Atlanta Regional. Six position players and two of the three weekend starters are back on the mound for Tech.
The Jackets are one of six Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the publication’s top-25, as the ACC is represented by the most teams among all conferences in the “Fabulous 40” preseason poll. Virginia is the highest in the conference at No. 3, while Florida State (No. 7) joins the Jackets and Cavaliers in the top-10.
Tech is led by senior first baseman Tony Plagman and junior pitcher Deck McGuire, both of whom were named 2010 preseason All-Americans by Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
For a detailed rundown on the top 40 teams, see the Jan. 8, 2010 edition of Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
The “Collegiate Baseball” Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1958 college baseball season.
The 2010 season begins Friday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. as the Jackets host Missouri State for a three-game series at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top 10
1. Texas2. LSU3. Virginia4. Cal State Fullerton5. Arizona State6. Georgia Tech7. Florida State8. UC Irvine9. Florida10. Oregon State