TUCSON, Ariz. — The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper released its 2013 Preseason Poll and North Carolina checked in at No. 2, one point behind preseason favorite Arkansas.
The Tar Heels are coming off a 46-16 season and will return seven starting position players and their entire weekend rotation.
North Carolina earned 495 points in the poll, one shy of the total of No. 1 Arkansas, while Vanderbilt, Louisiana State and UCLA rounded out the top five. The 2013 season will mark the third time in the past five years that North Carolina will begin a year ranked among the top five in the country.
• N.C. State landed at No. 11 in Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40, the highest preseason ranking in Wolfpack baseball history.
The last time N.C. State appeared in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll was a No. 29 ranking ahead of the 2004 season.
The Wolfpack returns the bulk of its talent from 2012’s run to the Gainesville Super Regional, including preseason All-Americans Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner.
The National Football Foundation announced that Duke’s Martha Putallaz is one of 15 faculty athletics representatives who will be honored as part of the 2012 NFF Faculty Salute Initiative, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, honoring the significant contributions of faculty athletics representatives across the nation.
Duke men’s coach John Danowski announced the team’s 2013 schedule which features 10 home games against five preseason top 10 opponents. Overall, the Blue Devils will face six NCAA tournament teams, including each of the 2012 NCAA semifinalists and reigning NCAA champion Loyola.
Duke will play five road games overall, including making the short trek to play ACC rival North Carolina. Six conferences are represented on the schedule as well as trips to four states, including Wisconsin.
North Carolina’s 2013 schedule includes seven regular-season games and two scrimmages against 2012 NCAA tournament teams, coach Joe Breschi announced.
The Tar Heels have games scheduled against 2012 NCAA finalist Maryland, 2012 NCAA semifinalists Notre Dame and Duke, 2012 NCAA quarterfinalists Virginia and Johns Hopkins and against NCAA participants Princeton and Massachusetts.