The UVa baseball team is ranked #1 in two different preseason polls released Monday. The 'Hoos are ranked tops by Baseball America and Perfect Game.
Its the first time Virginia has ever been ranked #1 in a preseason poll.
UVa junior Derek Fisher says, "Obviously its pretty cool. It's something that I've never experienced, along with anyone else in this program. Obviously it's a great honor. We're extremely excited. In hindsight, I think it really doesn't mean much as far as how we go about practice - frankly - there really is no difference to any other year we've been here."
UVa coach Brian O'Connor says, "when you become the number one ranked team in the country or predicted to win a league, people feel like they have a target on their back, I don't think that this club is going to look at it that way at all. For a long period of time here, across the country, they've respected Virginia Baseball and know the kind of team we have so its not like all the sudden somebody is going to start getting up for us because of that but the players understand what kind of team we have and what it takes to play good winning baseball."
Virginia leads six ACC teams ranked in Baseball America's preseason top-25. NC State is ranked 5th, Florida St. is ranked 6th, Clemson is ranked 13th, Miami is ranked 16th and North Carolina is ranked 17th.
Virginia kicks off the season playing Kentucky February 14th in Wilmington, NC.