Feb. 12, 2008


Hurricane warning in ACC for 2008


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CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2008 college baseball season by sharing their insights on the teams and players to watch in their conferences. CBI compiled their answers to provide a sneak peek for the season ahead. click here for CBI Conference Previews


Today, we take a look at the ACC (eight out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Miami


The three top starting pitchers are: Jacob Thompson (Virginia)*, Eric Erickson (Miami), Alex White (North Carolina)


The top closer is: Eryk McConnell (NC State) (pictured right)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Jacob Thompson (Virginia)*


The most underrated pitcher is: Ryan Hinson (Clemson)


The best defensive catcher is: Buster Posey (Florida State)


The best three pure hitters are: Dustin Ackley (North Carolina)* (pictured right), Yonder Alonso (Miami), Allan Dykstra (Wake Forest)


The biggest three power threats are: Yonder Alonso (Miami)*, Allan Dykstra (Wake Forest), Dennis Raben (Miami)


The hitter you least want to face is: Dustin Ackley (North Carolina)


The most underrated hitter is: Blake Tekotte (Miami)


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Florida State


*unanimous selection


Preseason coaches' poll


Atlantic Division

1. Florida State 66

2. Clemson 61

3. NC State 45

4. Wake Forest 44

5. Boston College 20

6. Maryland 16

Coastal Division

1. North Carolina 67

2. Miami 59

3. Virginia 52

4. Georgia Tech 37

5. Virginia Tech 23

6. Duke 14

ACC Overall Champion

North Carolina 7

Florida State 2

Miami 2

Virginia 1