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Baylor Earns Preseason Ranking, TCU & Oklahoma Ranked

(January 24, 2013) -- The Baylor baseball team earned a number 23 ranking in the USA Today preseason college baseball coaches poll released Thursday.

The Bears advanced to the Super Regional last year and also won the Big 12 regular season title. BU's 8-0 start in league play last season shattered the previous record for the best start in Conference history (Texas, 7-0, 1999). The Bears led the Big 12 in wins for the first time in league history while also ranking first in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, runs, doubles, home runs and RBI.

Oklahoma and TCU are ranked in the 2013 Baseball America preseason top 25 and USA Today Sports preseason top 25 coaches’ polls. The Horned Frogs sit at No. 12 in the USA Today rankings and No. 14 on the Baseball America list while OU is No. 16 and No. 19, respectively.

Baseball America Preseason Poll

1. North Carolina 46-16 17
2. Vanderbilt 35-28 NR
3. Arkansas 46-22 6
4. Louisville 41-22 NR
5. Mississippi State 40-24 22
6. Oregon State 40-20 24
7. South Carolina 49-20 2
8. North Carolina State 43-20 12
9. Stanford 41-18 13
10. Louisiana State 47-18 9
11. Kentucky 45-18 20
12. UCLA 48-16 5
13. Mississippi 37-26 NR
14. Texas Christian 40-22 16
15. Oregon 46-19 11
16. Georgia Tech 38-26 NR
17. Florida 47-20 3
18. Rice 41-19 18
19. Oklahoma 42-25 14
20. Florida State 50-17 4
21. New Mexico 37-24 NR
22. Cal State Fullerton 36-21 21
23. Southern Mississippi 32-24 NR
24. Arizona 48-17 1
25. San Diego 40-17 NR

USA Today Preseason College Baseball Coaches Poll

1 Arkansas (10) 46-22 715 3
2 UCLA (4) 48-16 644 5
3 LSU (3) 47-18 619 11
4 North Carolina (4) 46-16 613 17
5 South Carolina 49-20 591 2
6 Oregon 46-19 567 10
7 Stanford (1) 41-18 565 12
8 Vanderbilt (3) 35-28 523 25
9 Florida State (2) 50-17 451 4
10 Arizona (3) 48-17 422 1
11 North Carolina State 43-20 408 13
12 TCU 40-22 359 15
13 Florida (1) 47-20 350 6
14 Oregon State 40-20 329 22
15 Kentucky 45-18 307 19
16 Oklahoma 42-25 302 14
17 Rice 41-19 248 20
18 (tie) Mississippi State 40-24 215 NR
18 (tie)
San Diego 40-17 215 NR
20 Arizona State 36-20 204 NR
21 Georgia Tech 38-26 187 NR
22 Cal State Fullerton 36-21 165 NR
23 Baylor 49-17 130 9
24 Texas A%26M 43-18 124 18
25 (tie) Virginia 40-18-1 111 23
25 (tie) Louisville 41-22 111 NR

Others receiving votes: Mississippi (37-26) 92; Texas (30-22) 84; Kent State (47-20) 68; Clemson (35-28) 63; Miami (Fla.) (36-23) 61; St. John's (40-23) 58; Stony Brook (52-15) 28; Central Florida (45-17) 27; Purdue (45-14) 26; Tulane (38-20) 19; UC-Irvine (31-25) 13; Pepperdine (36-23) 9; Missouri State (40-22) 8; California (29-25) 6; Oklahoma State (32-25) 6; Georgia (31-26) 5; New Mexico (37-24) 5; Southern Mississippi (32-24) 5; North Carolina-Wilmington (39-23) 3; Sam Houston State (40-22) 3; Cal Poly (36-20) 2; Coastal Carolina (42-19) 2; Dallas Baptist (41-19) 2; Fresno State (31-28) 2; Notre Dame (31-27) 1; Virginia Tech (34-21) 1; Wichita State (35-25) 1.


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