CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers were ranked No. 12 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll, released Tuesday. It marked the highest preseason ranking for Clemson since the Tigers were No. 4 in the 2011 Collegiate Baseball preseason poll. TCU is the preseason top-ranked team, followed by Louisiana State and Florida.
Clemson is one of four ACC teams in the top 12 and one of six ACC teams in the top 16 of the Collegiate Baseball poll. Other ACC teams joining Clemson in the top 25 are Miami (Fla.) (8), Florida State (9), Louisville (11), North Carolina (15) and Virginia (16). In all, the ACC has eight teams ranked in the top 40 by Collegiate Baseball, more than any other conference.
The defending ACC-champion Tigers had a 44-20 overall record in 2016 in head coach Monte Lee's first season at Clemson. The Tigers open the 2017 season against Wright State on February 17 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.