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Wednesday January 29, 2014Gators Ranked No. 20 In USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll

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The University of Florida was ranked No. 20 in the USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coachesí Poll released on Wednesday. Head coach Kevin OíSullivanís club begins its 100th season on Feb. 14 against Maryland at McKethan Stadium. Cal State Fullerton occupies the top spot, followed by LSU, Oregon State, Mississippi State and Florida State. The Gators had previously been ranked No. 15 by Perfect Game, No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 23 by Baseball America.

 

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 four other SEC programs in the poll: LSU, 2nd; Mississippi State, 4th; Vanderbilt, 8th; South Carolina, 14th, while Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Alabama each received votes.

 

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 USA Today Preseason College Top 25 Coachesí Poll

Rank

School (í13 Record) (1st votes)

Points

2013 Rank

1.

Cal State Fullerton (51-10) †(18)

729

10

2.

LSU (57-11) (6)

683

6

3.

Oregon State (52-13)

648

4

4.

Mississippi State (51-20) (4)

632

2

5.

Florida State (47-17)†

595

13

6.

Virginia (50-12)

560

11

7.

Oregon (48-16)

541

15t

8.

Vanderbilt (54-12)

538

9

9.

NC State (50-16)

533

5

10.

UCLA (49-17)

490

1

11.

Indiana (49-16)

484

7

12.

North Carolina (59-12)

450

3

13.

Louisville (51-14)

429

8

14.

South Carolina (43-20)

416

12

15.

Rice (44-20)

274

15t

16.

Clemson (40-22)

248

25

17.

Miami (FL) (37-25)†

240

NR

18.

Oklahoma State (41-19)

220

21

19.

Arizona State (37-22-1)

198

19t

20.

FLORIDA (29-30)

181

NR

21.

Kansas State (45-19)

118

14

22.

Texas (27-24)

95

NR

23.

TCU (29-28)

93

NR

24.

UL-Lafayette (43-20)†

88

NR

25.

Stanford (32-22)

84

NR


Others receiving votes: Arizona (34-21) 77; Texas A&M (34-29) 71; Oklahoma (43-21) 66; Ole Miss (38-24) 60; Cal Poly (40-19) 47; Arkansas (39-22) 44; Alabama (43-20) 26; San Diego (37-25) 21; Florida Atlantic (42-22) 15; East Carolina (31-26) 14; Georgia Tech (37-27) 9; Western Carolina (39-20) 7; Liberty (36-29) 6; New Mexico (37-22) 6; Southern Miss (30-27) 6; UNC Wilmington (38-23) 5; Coastal Carolina (37-23) 4; Nebraska (29-30) 4; UCF (29-30) 3; Notre Dame (34-24) 3; Virginia Tech (40-22) 3; St. John's (23-35) 2; Troy (42-20) 2; Wichita State (39-28) 2; Baylor (27-28) 1; Bryant (45-18-1) 1; South Alabama (43-20) 1; Tulane (30-28) 1; UC-Santa Barbara (35-25) 1.

 

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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