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 a year ago and will return seven starting position players and their entire weekend rotation.
Carolina earned 495 points in the poll, one shy of the total of No. 1 Arkansas, while Vanderbilt, LSU and UCLA rounded out the top five.
Six other Atlantic Coast Conference schools were named to the "Fabulous 40" poll: NC State (11), Georgia Tech (17), Florida State (19), Clemson (27), Miami (28) and Virginia (35).
The Tar Heels will open the season on Feb. 15 against Seton Hall at Boshamer Stadium. The 2013 season will mark the third time in the last five years that Carolina will begin a year ranked among the top 5 in the country.
Full season and mini-season ticket plans are now available as fans have a chance to lock in their seat locations for postseason play in Boshamer Stadium. Season ticket holders will also receive an e-newsletter throughout the season and have the chance to attend a special season ticket holder event.