Jan. 21, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – With the baseball season just over a month away, Florida State earned its second top 15 preseason ranking as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) ranked the Seminoles at No. 13 to start 2008. The NCBWA is in its tenth season of conducting a national poll.
The poll voters come from 27 college baseball writers and related media persons throughout the nation. After a preseason top 35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national top 30.
The NCBWA preseason poll has representation by 10 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in 2008 NCAA Division I ranks. Florida State was one of six ACC teams ranked in the preseason top 35. North Carolina, who has made back-to-back appearances in the championship game of the College World Series, is the highest ranked ACC team sitting at the number two spot. Other ACC teams ranked include Miami (No. 12), Clemson (No. 16), Virginia (No. 21) and Georgia Tech (No. 31).
Florida State enters 2008 returning 13 letterwinners and five position starters including first team All-American Buster Posey at catcher. This year’s roster also includes four seniors in starting right fielder Jack Rye and first baseman Dennis Guinn who will return to the infield after seeing time in left field and as the designated hitter a season ago. The two remaining seniors, right hander Ryan Strauss and reliever Trent Jarvis, will lead a young pitching staff in 2008. Strauss is the lone Seminole returner with six or more starts from the 2007 squad which captured the ACC Atlantic Division title.
Arizona State received the No. 1 preseason nod for the first time in NCBWA history, while the SEC lead all conference with seven teams ranked in the preseason top 35.
Florida State will open the 2008 campaign on Friday, February 22 as they host Duquesne in the first of a three-game set on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.