Tigers ranked 16th to start season

Clemson is ranked No. 16 in Baseball America's 2012 preseason poll, released on Tuesday.

Florida is atop the Baseball America poll, followed by No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 South Carolina, No. 4 Arkansas, and No. 5 Arizona. Other ACC teams ranked in the top 25 include No. 9 North Carolina, No. 12 Georgia Tech, No. 18 Miami (FL), and No. 20 Florida State.

It marks the 24th consecutive season that Clemson has earned a preseason top-25 ranking by one of the three major polls. In December, Collegiate Baseball ranked the Tigers No. 25 in its preseason poll.

Clemson had a 43-20 overall record in 2011 and returns 20 lettermen, including All-ACC players Phil Pohl (UT) and Richie Shaffer (3B/1B). The Tigers will open the 2012 season on February 17 against UAB at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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