Arkansas Baseball Finishes Season Ranked In Al
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After advancing to the school’s first-ever NCAA Super Regional the Arkansas baseball team was rewarded with a top 25 national ranking in each of the four major collegiate baseball polls to end the 2002 season.
Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association each ranked the Razorbacks among the top 25 teams in the nation, marking the first time since 1999 Arkansas finished a season ranked in all four polls.
The 2002 Razorbacks received their highest ranking from Baseball Weekly/ESPN and the NCBWA which each placed the Hogs at 18th in the nation.
Collegiate Baseball ranked Arkansas 22nd in the country, while Baseball America had the Razorbacks coming in 25th.
Arkansas concluded the season with a 35-28 overall record and 13-14 in the Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks finished fifth in the SEC Western Division and advanced to the SEC Tournament, posting a 1-2 record.
The Razorbacks earned an NCAA Regional bid for the first time since 1999. Arkansas beat Oklahoma and Oral Roberts twice in Wichita, Kan., to advance to the school’s first-ever NCAA Super Regional.
Arkansas took the opening game from host-team Clemson and was within one win of advancing to the NCAA College World Series. Clemson, however, battled back to win the final two games to end the Razorbacks season.
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