Aggie Baseball Ranked No. 24 in USA Today Coaches’ Poll

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Baseball team was ranked No. 24 in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches’ Poll released by the newspaper on Thursday afternoon.

The ranking is the highest for Texas A&M in the three major college baseball polls that have been released prior to the first pitch of the 2013 season. The Aggies were selected No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Top 40 ranking and were unranked in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 poll.

Arkansas was picked as the preseason favorite, earning 10 of the 31 first-place votes. UCLA was ranked No. 2 followed by LSU, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Aggies were one of eight SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 along with Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina, Vanderbilt (No. 8), Florida (No. 13), Kentucky (No. 15) and Mississippi State (t-No. 18).

Texas A&M, which returns 17 letterwinners, finished the 2012 season ranked No. 18 following a 43-18 campaign. The Maroon and White will play their first season in the SEC after finishing second in the Big 12 with a 16-8 record last year. The Aggies begin the 2013 against Illinois-Chicago at Blue Bell Park on Feb. 15-17.

USA TODAY Sports college baseball coaches poll

Rank

School (first-place votes)

2012 record

Points

Final 2012 ranking

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.

The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 31 coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. The board for the 2013 season: John Anderson, Minnesota; Ed Blankmeyer, St. John's; Rob Cooper, Wright State; Barry Davis, Rider; Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross; Pete Dunn, Stetson; Nino Giarrantano, San Francisco; Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina; Danny Hall, Georgia Tech; Carlton Hardy, Savannah State; Rodney Hennon, Georgia Southern; Loren Hibbs, Charlotte; Charlie Hickey, Central Connecticut State; George Horton, Oregon; Steve Jaksa, Central Michigan; Omar Johnson, Jackson State; Rick Jones, Tulane; Rob McDonald, Murray State; Eric Madsen, Utah Valley; John Musachio, Oakland (Mich.); Bobby Pierce, Troy; David Pierce, Sam Houston State; Gary Powers, Nevada; Mark Scalf, UNC-Wilmington; Matt Senk, Stony Brook; Dave Serrano, Tennessee; Ed Servais, Creighton; Doug Smith, UC-Riverside; Steve Smith, Baylor; Rocky Ward, New Mexico State; Bob Whalen, Dartmouth.




 
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