The Tar Heels were named by seven coaches as this year's ACC team to beat, while Georgia Tech received four first-place votes and Florida State one.
UNC, coming off its fifth College World Series appearance in six years, was also
named by seven coaches as the likely Coastal Division winner. Georgia Tech received
four first-place votes and one coach picked Miami.
Clemson received the nod as the Atlantic Division favorite. The Tigers received
seven first-place votes, with the other five going to Florida State.
North Carolina was followed in the Coastal Division voting by Georgia Tech, while
Miami and defending ACC champion Virginia tied for third place. Virginia Tech placed
fifth, followed by Duke.
Clemson and Florida State were picked 1-2 in the Atlantic Division, followed by NC
State, Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College.
All 12 ACC teams open their seasons with non-conference games on Friday, Feb. 17.
The 2012 ACC Baseball Championship is scheduled for May 23 through 27 at NewBridge
Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.
Ten ACC student-athletes have been named 2012 preseason All-Americans. Six
conference teams – North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and
Virginia – have been ranked among the top 20 of at least one major preseason poll.
With North Carolina and Virginia reaching the College World Series last season, the
ACC has placed a total of 14 teams in Omaha since 2006. Seven ACC teams received
NCAA Tournament berths in 2011, and at least five conference teams have been
selected for postseason play each of the past 10 seasons.
Tigers picked first in Atlantic Division
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