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Jackets Ranked 13th in NCBWA Preseason Poll

Jan. 14, 2009

ATLANTA – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has ranked Georgia Tech 13th in its preseason poll, and the Yellow Jackets are one of four Atlantic Coast Conference schools to appear in the organization’s top-15, as announced this week.

The Yellow Jackets return eight starters in the field and six of their top 10 pitchers from last year’s team that went 41-21 and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Athens Regional.

North Carolina leads all schools with the NCBWA’s top preseason ranking, and Florida State joins the Tar Heels in the top 10, appearing at No. 6. Miami stands one spot ahead of the Yellow Jackets at No. 12, the same ranking Georgia Tech received in the preseason Collegiate Baseball poll that was released last month.

Clemson, at No. 26, is one spot out of the top-25, while NC State and Virginia are also receiving votes.

NCBWA Pre-Season Poll(As of January 13, 2009)

Rank School (`08 Record) Final ’08 Poll Place 1. North Carolina (54-14) 3 2. LSU (49-19-1) 6 3. Rice (47-15) 7 4. Texas A&M (46-19) 14 5. Georgia (45-25-1) 2 6. Florida State (54-14) 8 7. Arizona State (49-13) 9 8. Texas (39-22) 21 9. Stanford (41-24-2) 4 10. CS Fullerton (41-22) 11 11. Louisville (41-21) NR 12. Miami (53-11) 5 13. Georgia Tech (41-21) 26 14. Mississippi (39-26) NR 15. UC Irvine (42-18) 10 16. Oklahoma State (44-18) 17 17. Fresno State (47-31) 1 18. San Diego (44-17) 18 19. Baylor (32-26) NR 20. Missouri (39-21) 19 21. Pepperdine (38-21) NR 22. Coastal Carolina (50-14) 13 23. Kentucky (44-19) 23 24. Florida (34-24) NR 25. UCLA (33-27) NR 26. Clemson (31-27-1) NR 27. East Carolina (42-21) NR 28. Oklahoma (36-26) NR 29. Arizona (42-19) 12 30. Michigan (46-14) 28 31. Oregon State (28-24) NR 32. TCU (44-19) NR 33. So. California (28-28) NR 34. Tulane (39-22-1) NR 35. Wichita State (48-17) 15

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (35-28), Arkansas (34-24), Auburn (28-28), Bethune-Cookman (36-22), California (33-21-2), Charlotte (43-16), College of Charleston (39-20), Dallas Baptist (37-19), Elon (44-18), Houston (42-24), Lamar (35-23), Long Beach State (38-21), Missouri State (40-17), NC State (42-22), Nebraska (41-16), New Orleans (43-21), Notre Dame (33-21-1), Ohio State (30-26), Oral Roberts (48-14), Oregon (0-0), Sam Houston State (37-25), San Diego State (31-28), Santa Clara (33-22), South Carolina (40-23), Southern Miss (42-22), St. John’s (42-16), Tennessee (27-29), UC Davis (35-24), UC Santa Barbara (35-21), UNC Wilmington (44-17), UTSA (39-19), Vanderbilt (41-22), Virginia (39-23).

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