North Carolina Tops Baseball America Rankings

By: Greg Ortiz, UNC Athletics Email
By: Greg Ortiz, UNC Athletics Email

Baseball America Top 25

1 North Carolina 46-16 17
2 Vanderbilt 35-28 NR
3 Arkansas 46-22 6
4 Louisville 41-22 NR
5 Mississippi State 40-24 22
6 Oregon State 40-20 24
7 South Carolina 49-20 2
8 North Carolina State 43-20 12
9 Stanford 41-18 13
10 LSU 47-18 9
11 Kentucky 45-18 20
12 UCLA 48-16 5
13 Mississippi 37-26 NR
14 TCU 40-22 16
15 Oregon 49-16 11
16 Georgia Tech 38-28 NR
17 Florida 47-20 3
18 Rice 41-19 18
19 Oklahoma 42-25 14
20 Florida State 50-17 4
21 New Mexico 37-24 NR
22 Cal State Fullerton 36-21 21
23 Southern Miss 32-24 NR
24 Arizona 48-17 1
25 San Diego 40-17 NR

Baseball America released its annual preseason top 25 on Thursday and North Carolina will open as the publication’s top team in 2013. The top overall ranking by Baseball America is the first for the Tar Heels in their history.

Carolina leads four Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the initial rankings with NC State checking in at No. 8, Georgia Tech at No. 16 and Florida State at No. 20.

The Tar Heels return their entire weekend rotation from a year ago, a group that combined for 22 wins and all posted sub-2.00 ERAs in 2012.

Junior left-hander Kent Emnauel will anchor the rotation for the second consecutive year after winning eight games last year, while sophomore Benton Moss (7-2, 1.94 ERA) and junior Hobbs Johnson (7-1, 1-56 ERA) return as well.

Junior third baseman Colin Moran will lead the Tar Heel offense in 2013 after posting a team-high batting average of .365 last year.

Carolina opens the 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15 against Seton Hall.


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