Steve Wilkerson named preseason A-A, Tigers ranked 27th by Collegiate Baseball

Seven ACC teams ranked in the top 35, led by No. 2 North Carolina; Arkansas ranked No. 1

Clemson Baseball - Steve Wilkerson fields a ground ball at second

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Clemson Baseball - Steve Wilkerson fields a ground ball at second

Clemson junior Steve Wilkerson has been named a preseason third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

The switch-hitting second-baseman from Roswell, Ga. batted .295 with a team-tying-high 49 runs, 13 doubles, one homer, 31 RBIs, and 10 steals in 59 games in 2012, when he was selected as a second-team All-ACC second-baseman. Wilkerson had two hitting streaks of at least 15 games (19, 15) in 2012 as well.

Meanwhile, Clemson came in 27th on Collegiate Baseball's preseason Top 40.

After finishing last season with a third-place finish at the College World Series, Arkansas will open the 2013 season as the nation’s No. 1 team. The No. 1 ranking imarks the first time in program history that the Razorbacks will open the season as the nation’s top-ranked team.

North Carolina, Vanderbilt, LSU and UCLA round out the top five.

Seven ACC teams are ranked in the top 25. N.C. State is ranked 11th, Georgia Tech 17th, Florida State 19th, Clemson 27th, Miami 28th and Virginia 35th.

All 14 SEC teams are either ranked or received votes. Joining Razorbacks in the top 40 are No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 4 LSU, No. 7 South Carolina, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 13 Mississippi State, No. 24 Florida, No. 25 Ole Miss, No. 26 Texas A&M and No. 29 Georgia. Auburn, Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee received votes.

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