Diamond Heels Ranked Eighth in NCBWA Preseason Poll

Carolina opens 2005 season in just three weeks.

Preseason All-America Andrew Miller and the Tar Heels are ranked No. 8 by the NCBWA.

Preseason All-America Andrew Miller and the Tar Heels are ranked No. 8 by the NCBWA.

Jan. 26, 2005

DALLAS - The University of North Carolina baseball team claimed the No. 8 spot in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason Division I Poll, which was released Wednesday. This ranking marks the second-highest for the Tar Heels in the four major preseason polls, as Carolina was ranked No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 11 in the SportsWeekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and 14th by Baseball America.

Coming off a 43-21 season and an NCAA Columbia Regional appearance, the Tar Heels have been the No. 2 Atlantic Coast Conference team in each of the four polls. League newcomer Miami is consistently ranked among the nation's top five. The Hurricanes, who are fourth in the NCBWA poll, were picked to win the ACC title by the league's head coaches, with Carolina tabbed for second.

Georgia Tech claimed the No. 11 spot in the NCBWA poll with Florida State ranked 16th, Clemson 23rd and Virginia 32nd. Tar Heel opponents Arizona State (No. 9), Winthrop (No. 26) and East Carolina (No. 30) were also ranked in the 35-team poll. Texas claimed the top spot, followed by Cal State Fullerton.

The Tar Heels, who are in their second week of practice at Boshamer Stadium, begin the 2005 season versus Appalachian State on February 16.

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