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Friday December 20, 2013Gators Ranked No. 16 in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

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The University of Florida was ranked 16th in Collegiate Baseball's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Preseason Poll released on Friday. It marks the sixth-straight season that head coach Kevin OíSullivanís club has been ranked during the preseason in the nationís oldest college baseball poll, which began in 1958. The Gators were No. 25 in 2009, No. 9 in 2010, No. 2 in 2011, No. 1 in 2012 and No. 24 last season.

 

Cal State Fullerton headlines the publication's top five, followed by Mississippi State, LSU, Oregon State and Florida State. The Orange and Blue will begin the 2014 campaign, the 100th season of Florida Baseball, on Feb. 14 at McKethan Stadium, when Maryland visits for the opener of a three-game series.

 

Last season, Florida advanced to NCAA Regionals for the sixth year in a row, matching the longest run in school history, and has reached the College World Series in three of the past four campaigns. UF has over half of its games versus opponents who advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including home series against Arkansas, Connecticut, LSU and Vanderbilt, and will have four series totaling 12 games against teams that reached Super Regionals, one of which advanced to Omaha. The Gators return 18 letterwinners and are bolstered by the nationís top recruiting class from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game.

 

Florida joins several other SEC programs in the poll, as all 14 teams are either ranked (Mississippi State, 2nd; LSU, 3rd; Vanderbilt, 9th; South Carolina, 14th; Texas A&M, 25th; Alabama, 29th; Ole Miss, 30th) or received votes (Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Missouri).

 

The contest with the Terrapins begins the 34-game home schedule at McKethan Stadium, where the Gators boast a 175-50 (.778) mark in OíSullivanís tenure. Twenty-one of UF's 56 games during the regular season will be against squads listed in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

 

2014 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Division I Preseason Poll

Rank

School (í13 Final Record)

Points

1.

Cal State Fullerton (51-10)

495

2.

Mississippi State (51-20)

493

3.

LSU (57-11)

491

4.

Oregon State (52-13)

487

5.

Florida State (47-17)

485

6.

Oregon (48-16)

483

7.

Indiana (49-16)

481

8.

Louisville (51-14)

479

9.

Vanderbilt (54-12)

477

10.

NC State (50-16)

474

11.

North Carolina (59-12)

471

12.

Virginia (50-12)

468

13.

Miami (FL) (37-25)

465

14.

South Carolina (43-20)

463

15.

UCLA (49-17)

460

16.

FLORIDA (29-30)

457

17.

Rice (44-20)

455

18.

Oklahoma State (41-19)

454

19.

TCU (29-28)

451

20.

Texas (27-24)

450

21.

Clemson (40-22)

447

22.

Arizona State (37-22-1)

445

23.

UL-Lafayette (43-10)

443

24.

Arizona (34-21)

441

25.

Texas A&M (34-29)

437

26.

Stanford (32-22)

435

27.

Cal Poly (40-19)

432

28.

Kansas State (45-19)

430

29.

Alabama (35-28)

423

30.

Ole Miss (38-24)

421

31.

Western Carolina (39-20)

419

32.

Oklahoma (43-21)

417

33.

San Diego (37-25)

414

34.

Wichita State (39-28)

411

35.

Liberty (36-29)

409

36.

Tennessee Tech (40-17)

404

37.

New Mexico (37-22)

403

38.

East Carolina (31-26)

400

39.

UC Santa Barbara (34-23)

396

40.

Coastal Carolina (37-23)

395

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Arkansas, UNLV, Auburn, San Diego State, Fresno State, Southern California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Alabama, San Francisco, Loyola Marymount, Brigham Young, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, Mercer, UC Irvine, Missouri State, Pepperdine, Troy, Sam Houston State, Austin Peay State, Bryant, Florida Atlantic, UNC Wilmington, Houston, UCF, St. Louis, Creighton, Campbell, Nebraska, Gonzaga, Sacramento State, New Mexico State, St. Johnís, Cal State Bakersfield, Ohio State, Michigan, Southern Miss, Kent State, Illinois State, Appalachian State, The Citadel, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Southeastern Louisiana, California, Washington, Washington State, West Virginia, Baylor, Minnesota, Stony Brook, Dallas Baptist, UT Arlington, Texas State, Maine, USF, Connecticut, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Notre Dame, North Florida, East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, VCU, Rhode Island, Charlotte.

 

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