South Carolina Baseball ranked in top-15 of another preseason poll

South Carolina baseball coach Mark Kingston and his team are ranked 15th in the NCBWA preseason poll.

South Carolina baseball infielder Talmadge LeCroy
South Carolina baseball infielder Talmadge LeCroy / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK
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College baseball fans know that there are approximately 2348389324 polls and rankings for the sport. South Carolina baseball has found themselves ranked inside the top-25 in all of the released polls so far, with most of their selections sitting somewhere between 10-15. D1Baseball is a bit of an outlier in their views on the Gamecocks, picking USC 25th in their preseason poll.

Another ranking came out this week as the NCBWA (National College Baseball Writers Association) released their preseason top-30.

South Carolina baseball came in at #15 according to the NCBWA, a spot that is good for 7th in the SEC. Carolina finished 13th in the final NCBWA poll of 2023. The rival Clemson Tigers are 12th in the preseason poll, and border rival North Carolina Tar Heels are 16th, just one spot behind the Gamecocks.

USC has high expectations coming into this spring as evidenced by their lofty rankings in the preseason polls. After a Super Regional appearance last year, the Gamecocks are hoping to extend their postseason run to Omaha for the first time since 2012, a season that ended with the 'Cocks' third-straight trip to the National Championship Series (they won in 2010 and 2011, lost in 2012).

The road to a potential College World Series will be a tough one, however.

Mark Kingston's team has a tough schedule in 2024 (like always), and, just in the regular season, they play against eight teams in the top-23 of the NCBWA poll. Florida (3), Arkansas (4), Tennessee (5), Vanderbilt (7), Texas A&M (10), Clemson (12), North Carolina (16), and Alabama (23) are on the docket for the 2024 version of the YardCocks.

The entire NCBWA poll can be found below:

  1. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  2. LSU Tigers
  3. Florida Gators
  4. Arkansas Razorbacks
  5. Tennessee Volunteers
  6. TCU Horned Frogs
  7. Vanderbilt Commodores
  8. Oregon State Beavers
  9. Texas Longhorns
  10. Texas A&M Aggies
  11. Virginia Cavaliers
  12. Clemson Tigers
  13. East Carolina Pirates
  14. Duke Blue Devils
  15. South Carolina Gamecocks
  16. North Carolina Tar Heels
  17. Stanford Cardinal
  18. NC State Wolfpack
  19. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
  20. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  21. Iowa Hawkeyes
  22. UCLA Bruins
  23. Alabama Crimson Tide
  24. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos
  25. Auburn Tigers
  26. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
  27. Kansas State Wildcats
  28. Northeastern Huskies
  29. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  30. Southern Miss Golden Eagles

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