FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With opening day less than two months away, Collegiate Baseball newspaper ranked Arkansas 32nd in its preseason poll announced Wednesday. Compiled from a survey of NCAA Division-I baseball coaches, the poll is the first of the 2000 preseason.
In addition, UA sophomore right-handed pitcher Charlie Isaacson was named to Collegiate Baseball’s preseason All-America third team. The Overland Park, Kan., product returns to anchor the Razorback pitching staff after a freshman campaign that saw him go 9-0 with a 3.16 ERA en route to first-team All-SEC honors. The Collegiate Baseball selection is the second preseason All-America list this year; the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him to its second team on Nov. 4.
The Razorbacks were joined in the rankings by six other SEC teams: No. 3 Alabama, No. 8 LSU, No. 17 Auburn, No. 24 Florida, No. 34 South Carolina and No. 40 Ole Miss. In addition to those SEC foes, five other teams on the Hogs’ 2000 schedule appear in the poll, including No. 14 Wichita State, No. 22 Long Beach State, No. 23 Oklahoma State, No. 30 Oral Roberts and No. 39 Nebraska.
Arkansas returns 15 lettermen and five position starters from last year’s team that went 42-23, won its first SEC overall and Western Division titles with a 22-8 league mark and hosted an NCAA regional for the first time in school history. UA was No. 17 in the final Collegiate Baseball poll of the 1999 season.
The Hogs will open their 78th season of baseball and 31st under head coach Norm DeBriyn on Feb. 5, hosting Missouri Southern in a 1 p.m. (CT) game at Baum Stadium.