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GT No.12 on Preseason Baseball Poll

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are the No. 12 baseball team in the country according to the Perfect Game USA Top 25 Preseason poll.

Tech is one of four Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the poll. North Carolina (No. 1), NC State (No. 9) and Florida State (No. 17) also represent the ACC.

The Yellow Jackets are returning 23 lettermen (13 position players and 10 pitchers) and seven starters in the field and four starting pitchers.

Returning junior first basemen/outfielder Daniel Palka was second on the team last year with 12 home runs. Jake Davies led the Yellow Jackets with 14 home runs and is the only starting position player not returning in 2013.

Senior outfielder Brandon Thomas led the Jackets with a .360 batting average in 2012 and junior catcher Zane Evans was second in runs batted in (51) to Davies. Both will return in 2013 to anchor the batting order.

Tech is returning all three pitchers that started more than 10 games on the mound in 2012. Senior right-hander Buck Farmer led the team in strikeouts with 115 in 106.2 innings and junior Cole Pitts was second with 60 strikeouts.

Junior right-handed pitcher Alex Cruz only made one start for the Jackets but tied for the lead in wins with Farmer last season with eight. Cruz only gave up 15 earned runs in 73.2 innings of work.

Tech’s season opener in 2013 will be a three-game series with the Akron Zips at Russ Chandler Stadium on Feb. 15-17.

Perfect Game USA Preseason Top-25


1. North Carolina, 46-16
2. Arkansas, 46-22
3. Vanderbilt, 35-28
4. Stanford, 41-18
5. LSU, 47-18
6. UCLA, 48-16
7. Florida, 47-20
8. Oregon State, 40-20
9. N.C. State, 43-20
10. Oregon, 46-19
11. South Carolina, 49-20
12. Georgia Tech, 38-26
13. Kentucky, 45-18
14. Texas Christian, 40-22
15. Louisville, 41-22
16. Mississippi State, 40-24
17. Florida State, 50-17
18. San Diego, 40-17
19. Mississippi, 37-26
20. Oklahoma, 42-25
21. Rice, 41-19
22. Arizona, 48-17
23. Cal State Fullerton, 36-21
24. Texas, 30-22
25. Arizona State, 36-20

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