Fresh off back-to-back trips to the College World Series, the University of Louisville is set to begin its first season as a member of the difficult Atlantic Coast Conference.
On Tuesday afternoon, the ACC released the 2015 baseball preseason poll as voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches and the Cardinals were chosen second in the Atlantic Division.
Louisville received four first-place votes and 84 total points to trail only Florida State, winners of eight straight Atlantic titles and the top choice again in 2015 after garnering seven first-place votes and 91 points overall. Clemson was third with three first-place votes and 77 points and was followed by NC State (53 points), Wake Forest (39 points), Notre Dame (25 points) and Boston College (23 points).
Virginia, which reached the CWS Finals last year, was named by 13 coaches as the likely Coastal Division winner. Defending Coastal champion Miami received one vote for first place. The Cavaliers totaled 97 points in the voting (seven points for a first place vote, six for second place, etc.), and are followed by North Carolina (78), Miami (75), defending ACC champion Georgia Tech (54), Duke (43), Virginia Tech (24), and Pitt (21).
The Cavaliers were named by 10 coaches as the team to beat for the second straight year, while Florida State received four first place votes.
ACC 2015 ACC Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll
Perfect Game became the third publication to release its preseason Top 25 on Tuesday morning and the Cardinals received their highest ranking yet.
Louisville enters the season ranked No. 9 by Perfect Game, marking the third consecutive season that U of L has opened play with a preseason top 10 ranking.
Five ACC programs make the rankings, with Virginia at No.2 and Miami at No. 10 joining Louisville in the top 10. Florida State and North Carolina also make the preseason poll.
To view the entire Perfect Game Top 25, click here.
The D1Baseball Top 25 places the Cardinals at No. 11 and the Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll ranks them No. 12.
The Cardinals open their season on Jan. 13 in the three-day Clearwater Tournament. Louisville will face Alabama State (Feb. 13), South Florida (Feb. 14) and No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 15) at Bright House Field.