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Monday January 27, 2014Gators Ranked No. 23 In Baseball America Preseason College Top 25 Poll

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The University of Florida was ranked No. 23 in Baseball Americaís Preseason College Top 25 released on Monday. Head coach Kevin OíSullivanís club begins its 100th season on Feb. 14 against Maryland at McKethan Stadium. Virginia headlines the top five, followed by Oregon State, Indiana, Cal State Fullerton and NC State. The Gators had previously been ranked No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball.

 

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.

 

The Gators join several seven other SEC programs in the poll: South Carolina, 7th; Mississippi State, 8th; LSU, 9th; Vanderbilt, 10th; Alabama, 21st; Texas A&M, 24th; Arkansas, 25th.

 

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.

 

2014 Baseball America Preseason College Top 25 Poll

Rank

School (í13 Final Record)

2013 Rank

1.

Virginia (50-12)

11

2.

Oregon State (52-13)

4

3.

Indiana (49-16)

7

4.

Cal State Fullerton (51-10)

10

5.

NC State (50-16)

6

6.

Florida State (47-17)

12

7.

South Carolina (43-20)

14

8.

Mississippi State (51-20)

2

9.

LSU (57-11)

5

10.

Vanderbilt (54-12)

9

11.

Oregon (48-16)

17

12.

UCLA (49-17)

1

13.

Clemson (40-22)

NR

14.

UL-Lafayette (43-20)

NR

15.

Rice (44-20)

16

16.

Miami (FL) (37-25)

NR

17.

North Carolina (59-12)

3

18.

Texas (27-24)

NR

19.

TCU (29-28)

NR

20.

Louisville (51-14)

8

21.

Alabama (35-28)

NR

22.

Kansas State (45-19)

13

23.

FLORIDA (29-30)

NR

24.

Texas A&M (34-19)

NR

25.

Arkansas (39-22)

18


Both single-game and season tickets for the 2014 Gator Baseball season can be purchased online at www.GatorZone.com/tickets or by calling the Gator Ticket Office at 1-800-34-GATOR from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Florida will raise the curtain on the 100th campaign in school history with a three-game home set against Maryland starting on Feb. 14.

 

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