Baseball Named ACC Preseason Favorite

NC State has been selected as the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference preseason favorite in a vote of the league's 12 head coaches, released Friday by the conference office.

The Wolfpack was named by six coaches as this year's ACC team to beat, while North Carolina received four votes and Florida State and Virginia garnered one each.

The Pack received five more first-place votes than any of its Atlantic Division rivals. Defending division champion Florida State and Clemson each received one first-place vote.

NC State (69) and Florida State (60) were picked 1-2 in the overall Atlantic Division voting, followed by Clemson (50), Wake Forest (34), Maryland (22) and Boston College (17). Since 1992, the Pack has never been picked as the ACC preseason favorite.

All 12 ACC teams open their seasons with non-conference games on Friday, Feb. 15. The 2013 ACC Baseball Championship is scheduled for May 22-26 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

With Florida State reaching the College World Series last season, the ACC has placed a total of 15 teams in Omaha since 2006. Seven ACC teams received NCAA Tournament berths in 2012, and at least five conference teams have been selected for postseason play each of the past 11 seasons.

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