South Carolina cracked the top 10 of Baseball America’s preseason poll Monday, and was the highest-ranked SEC team.
The Gamecocks were ranked No. 7, ahead of No. 8 Mississippi State, No. 9 LSU and No. 10 Vanderbilt. Clemson was ranked No. 13, the fourth-highest ranked ACC team.
South Carolina was one of eight SEC teams ranked by Baseball America, the most of any conference in the country. No. 21 Alabama, No. 23 Florida, No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arkansas also cracked the top 25.
Virginia topped Baseball America’s preseason poll. No. 2 Oregon State, No. 3 Indiana, No. 4 Cal State Fullerton and No. 5 North Carolina State rounded out the top 10.
No. 6 Florida State will have a famous closer this season. That’s Famous Jameis (Winston), to be exact. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will be on the mound for the Seminoles.
The Gamecocks are the only team in the country to have a top 10-ranked baseball, basketball and football team. South Carolina finished No. 4 in the Associated Press football poll, and it’s currently No. 10 in the AP women’s basketball poll.