ACC Baseball Coaches Preseason Predictions
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – Florida State has been selected as Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball’s preseason favorite by the league’s 14 head coaches. The coaches voted Georgia Tech the favorite to win the Coastal Division.
The Seminoles received eight votes as the likely overall winner from the ACC. Virginia received three votes, followed by Notre Dame with two and NC State with one.
Florida State was also chosen to finish atop the Atlantic Division with 88 total points, followed by NC State with 76 and Notre Dame with 70. Louisville placed fourth with 64, followed by Clemson (43), Wake Forest (35) and Boston College (18). The Seminoles received eight votes as division favorites, while Notre Dame had three, Louisville two and NC State one.
Eight coaches picked Georgia Tech to win the Coastal Division, while Virginia got five first-place votes and Miami one. The Yellow Jackets had 91 points overall, followed by Virginia (77) and Miami (71). Defending ACC champion Duke placed fourth in voting with 60 points, followed by North Carolina (44), Virginia Tech (25) and Pitt (24).
Florida State finished 31-24 overall last season, placed third in the Atlantic Division and was one of eight ACC teams selected to enter the NCAA Tournament. FSU has earned three individual league playoff honors, with wide receiver Mat Nelson named ACC Player of the Year and Parker Messick joining NC State’s Carlos Rodon (2012) as the second player in ACC history. the conference to be voted ACC pitcher and freshman of the year in the same season.
Messick was named National Preseason Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game, and the Seminoles have been ranked in the top 15 in the nation in every major preseason poll released thus far.
Nine ACC teams have been ranked in at least one major poll during the 2022 preseason, and 15 different ACC players have been named to at least one preseason All-America team.
The ACC has placed at least one team in each of the last 15 College World Series and at least six teams in each of the last 17 NCAA tournaments.
All 14 ACC baseball teams open their seasons Friday, Feb. 18, with conference play set to begin Friday, March 11. The 15-game ACC Baseball Championship will be held May 24-29 at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina for the second consecutive season. Full ticket books are currently available by visiting charlottechevaliers.com or by calling the Knights box office at 704-274-8282.
Full results from the 2022 ACC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll, with first place votes in parentheses:
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- Florida State (8) – 88
- NC State (1) – 76
- Notre Dame (3) – 70
- Louisville (2) – 64
- Clemson – 43
- Wake Forest – 35
- Boston College – 16
- Georgia Tech (8) – 91
- Virginia (5) – 77
- Miami (1) – 71
- Duke – 60
- North Carolina – 44
- Virginia Tech – 25
- Pitt- 24