Wake Forest Ranks 28th In Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll

Dec. 27, 2000

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The first college baseball preseason poll has been revealed and the Wake Forest is ranked No. 28 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason 40-team list.

The Demon Deacons are one of four Atlantic Coast Conference teams listed. Georgia Tech, Clemson and Florida State are all ranked in the top ten. The preseason poll is an indication of Wake Forest's strength of schedule. The 2001 slate includes eight teams in the top 40. Outside of the ACC, Wake Forest opponents Rice (7), Central Florida (19), East Carolina (30), Virginia Tech (38) and Penn State (40) each made the list.

Six everyday position players return for head coach George Greer's squad in 2001 including preseason All-American outfielder Cory Sullivan. The Deacs also bring back a strong nucleus of pitching led by senior Scott Siemon, a first team All-ACC performer in 2000, and Ben Clayton, a third-team Freshman All-American. Wake Forest finished the 2000 season in fourth-place finish in the ACC with a 41-20-1 record, the team's third straight 40-plus win season.

The Demon Deacons open up their 86th season of baseball with a weekend series at Hooks Stadium beginning February 9 against defending Colonial Athletic Association champion James Madison before a two-day set with 2000 Big Ten Champion and 40th-ranked Penn State.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's
NCAA Division I Baseball
Fabulous 40 Pre-Season Poll


RankSchool('00 Final Record)PointsFinal / '00 Rank
1.Georgia Tech(50-16)478 10
2. Southern California(44-20)477 5
3. Louisiana St.(52-17)473 1
4. Nebraska (51-17)469 11
5. Clemson(51-18)465 6
6. Arizona St.(44-15)462 12
7. Rice(43-23)460 26
8. Florida St.(53-19)456 3
9. Miami, Fla.(41-19-1)455 14
10. South Carolina(56-10)453 9
11. Stanford(50-16)449 2
12. Cal. St. Fullerton(38-21)446 22
13. Florida(44-23-1)442 17
14. Notre Dame(46-18)439 NR
15. Oklahoma(41-23)437 NR
16. Georgia(32-26)433 NR
17. Baylor(45-17)430 18
18. Auburn(41-20)429 25
19. Central Florida(43-19)425 30
20. Stetson(48-16)424 23
21. Mississippi St.(41-20)420 15
22. Long Beach St.(31-25)418 NR
23. Evansville(41-22)415 NR
24. Alabama(41-24)411 27
25. Tennessee(40-23)409 NR
26. Texas(46-21)406 7
27. The Citadel(39-20)404 NR
28. Wake Forest(41-20-1)399 20
29. Wichita St.(44-21)397 28
30.East Carolina(46-18)394 29
31. Florida International(42-20)390 NR
32. Southern Miss.(32-26)387 NR
33. Tulane(38-22-1)383 NR
34. Texas A&M(23-35)380 NR
35. Oklahoma St.(36-22)379 NR
36. Fresno St.(40-21)375 NR
37. Pepperdine(36-23)370 NR
38. Virginia Tech.(34-25-2)367 NR
39. Minnesota(38-24)364 NR
40. Penn State(45-19)360 19

 

 

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