The Louisville baseball team was announced Friday as the 2019 ACC preseason favorite in a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches. The Cardinals were selected as the favorite in both the Atlantic Division and the conference.

Louisville received seven first place votes in the Atlantic Division and tallied 90 points to narrowly edge out Florida State, which picked up six votes for the top spot and 86 points. Clemson was third with 71 points followed by NC State (53), Wake Forest (49), Notre Dame (24) and Boston College (19).

North Carolina was a near unanimous selection to win the Coastal Division, as 13 coaches voted the Tar Heels in the top spot. Virginia received the other first place tally and is tied with Duke for the second position with 64 points. Miami (61), Georgia Tech (59), Pitt (24) and Virginia Tech (23) round out the rest of the division.

The ACC enters 2019 with six teams ranked inside the top 25 in the preseason rankings. All six teams ranked in the preseason earned bids to the NCAA championship last season, with North Carolina advancing to the College World Series.

The fourth-ranked Cardinals open up play on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., ET with the first of three against No. 20 Connecticut at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. ACC play begins for Louisville with a weekend series against Boston College March 8-10 at Jim Patterson Stadium.


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2019 ACC BASEBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL

Overall Champion

Louisville

Atlantic Division

1. Louisville (7) – 90

2. Florida State (6) – 86

3. Clemson (1) – 71

4. NC State – 53

5. Wake Forest – 49

6. Notre Dame – 24

7. Boston College – 19

Coastal Division

1. North Carolina (13) – 97

2. Virginia (1) – 64

    Duke – 64

4. Miami – 61

5. Georgia Tech – 59

6. Pitt – 24

7. Virginia Tech – 23

Stephen WilliamsAssistant Sports Information DirectorUniversity of Louisville Athletics

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