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    Pack Ranked No. 11, Highest Preseason Ranking Ever
    Brett Austin
    Brett Austin

    Dec. 20, 2012

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    NC State landed at No. 11 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top 40 poll, released Thursday by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The standing marks the highest preseason ranking in Wolfpack baseball history.

    The last time State appeared in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll was a No. 29 ranking ahead of the 2004 season. The Pack's previous high came in 1993 with a No. 16 ranking by both Baseball America and USA Today.

    The Wolfpack returns the bulk of its talent from 2012's run to the Gainesville Super Regional, including preseason All-Americans Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner.

    Seven ACC teams - all of which earned NCAA postseason berths in 2012 - are ranked among the top 35 of the poll. NC State represents the second-highest ranked conference squad.

    The complete poll will be included in the Jan. 4 edition of Collegiate Baseball Newspaper alongside listings of top players in each league, projections for pitchers and players of the year, and the Louisville Slugger preseason All-America team.

    The Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40 can be viewed in its entirety HERE.



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