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Blue Devils Picked to Finish Third in Coastal
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/06/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke baseball team was picked to finish third in the 2018 ACC Coastal Division in a poll of the conference’s 14 head coaches released Tuesday. 

Twelve coaches picked North Carolina to win the Coastal Division, while Virginia received the other two first place votes. The Tar Heels tallied 96 points, ahead of Virginia (83), Duke (62), Miami (60), Georgia Tech (46), Virginia Tech (27), and Pitt (18).

Florida State led the way in the Atlantic Division with 95 points, followed by Louisville (78), Clemson (70), NC State (53), Wake Forest (52), Boston College (25), and Notre Dame (19). The Seminoles were selected as division favorites by 13 coaches, while Wake Forest received one vote.

The Seminoles were picked by 10 coaches as the team to beat in the conference. The Tar Heels picked up three votes and Wake Forest received one vote for overall conference champion.

The ACC has had at least seven teams earn bids to the NCAA Championship in each of the last nine years and has had at least one team in the College World Series for 12 consecutive seasons. Last year, the ACC led all conferences with 20 All-Americans and had 75 players selected in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Nine different ACC teams have been ranked in the five national polls that have been announced to date. Heading into the 2018 campaign, Duke is ranked No. 31 in the NCBWA poll, No. 25 in the D1Baseball rankings and No. 20 on Perfect Game’s list. 

The Blue Devils begin the season Feb. 16-18 with a three-game series against perennial power Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

2018 ACC Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll
Overall Champion
Florida State (10)
North Carolina (3)
Wake Forest (1)

Atlantic Division
1. Florida State (13) - 95
2. Louisville - 78
3. Clemson - 70
4. NC State - 53
5. Wake Forest (1) - 52
6. Boston College - 25
7. Notre Dame - 19

Coastal Division
1. North Carolina (12) - 96
2. Virginia (2) - 83
3. Duke - 62
4. Miami - 60
5. Georgia Tech - 46
6. Virginia Tech - 27
7. Pitt - 18

() – First Place Votes

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