Baseball America Ranks Ags 21st

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The defending Big 12 champion Texas A&M baseball team is ranked 21st by Baseball America in the publication’s preseason poll, released Tuesday.

The Big 12 placed four teams in the rankings, including No. 6 Missouri, No. 15 Baylor, No. 16 Texas and the 21st-ranked Aggies.

The Pac-10 held the top two spots, with UCLA and Arizona ranking No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and North Carolina rounded out the top five.

The Aggies return 19 letterwinners, six position starters and two starting pitchers from a 2007 squad that went 48-19 and claimed the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City and the NCAA College Station Regional crown.

Texas A&M opens the 2008 season on February 22 at 6:30 p.m. when the Aggies host Northern Colorado. Season and single-game tickets for the home schedule, which features 39 games, are available now by calling 888-99-AGGIE or by logging on to www.aggieathletics.com.

BASEBALL AMERICA PRESEASON TOP 25 POLL

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1. UCLA
2. Arizona
3. Vanderbilt
4. Ole Miss
5. North Carolina
6. Missouri
7. Oregon State
8. Michigan
9. Arizona State
10. Miami (Fla.)
11. San Diego
12. South Carolina
13. Long Beach State
14. Rice
15. Baylor
16. Texas
17. Virginia
18. Fresno State
19. Louisiana-Lafayette
20. Wichita State
21. Texas A&M
22. Tulane
23. Clemson
24. East Carolina
25. Old Dominion