Tigers No. 10 in Baseball America

Tigers No. 10 in Baseball America

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Tigers No. 10 in Baseball America

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DURHAM , N.C– Florida is No. 1 in Baseball America ‘s preseason Top 25 rankings for the first time in school history. The Gators return five freshman All-Americans and numerous other stars from a team that won the Southeastern Conference regular-season title and reached the College World Series in 2010. Florida ‘s previous high ranking in BA’s preseason Top 25 was No. 3, in 1992 and 2006.

The other seven participants of the 2010 CWS all rank among the top 12 heading into 2011. Defending national champion South Carolina , which must replace its entire weekend rotation, opens the season at No. 7, while runner-up UCLA starts at No. 2.

There are a few fresh names in the preseason rankings. No. 9 Connecticut, No. 14 Oregon and No. 20 College of Charleston earn preseason rankings for the first time in the history of BA’s top 25, which dates back to 1981. No. 23 St. John’s is ranked in the preseason for the first time since the inaugural Baseball America rankings in 1981.

The Pacific-10 Conference leads all conferences with six teams in the rankings, and all six appear in the top 20. The Southeastern Conference places the most teams in the top 10 (three), and lands four teams in the rankings overall, tied with the Atlantic Coast and Big 12 conferences.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Last year’s records do not include ties.

        Team    2010 Record    Final 2010 Ranking
    1.    Florida     47-17    7
    2.    UCLA    51-17    2
    3.    Texas Christian    54-14    3
    4.    Vanderbilt    46-20    14
    5.    Oklahoma     50-18    5
    6.    Texas     50-13    9
    7.    South Carolina     54-16    1
    8.    Cal State Fullerton     46-18    11
    9.    Connecticut     48-16    NR
    10.    Clemson    45-25    10
    11.    Arizona State    52-10    4
    12.    Florida State    48-20    6
    13.    Stanford    31-25    NR
    14.    Oregon     40-24    25
    15.    Virginia     51-14    8
    16.    Baylor    36-24    NR
    17.    California     29-25    NR
    18.    Rice    40-23    21
    19.    Arizona     34-24    NR
    20.    College of Charleston     44-19    NR
    21.    Texas A&M    43-21    23
    22.    Louisiana State     41-22    NR
    23.    St. John’s     43-20    NR
    24.    Miami     43-20    15
    25.    Tulane    32-24    NR

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