FAYETTEVILLE- The Arkansas baseball team has earned another top 25 preseason ranking as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ranked the Razorbacks 24th in its preseason poll released on Monday.
The Hogs have now been slotted at No. 24 in a pair of preseason listings. Arkansas was also 24th in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
Arkansas, which opened preseason practice last Friday, returns 13 letterwinners and four starters from the 2010 team. The Razorbacks finished last season with a 43-21 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the second consecutive season.
The NCBWA poll, which ranks 35 teams in its preseason ranking, includes seven teams from the Southeastern Conference. Florida (3rd), Vanderbilt (4th) and South Carolina (8th) were each ranked in the top 10. LSU checked in at No. 19, while Auburn was selected 23rd. Alabama was ranked 28th in the poll.
Arkansas opens the 2011 regular season on Friday, February 18, in the first of a three-game series against Delaware State. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. Tickets for all Arkansas baseball home games may be purchased by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
2011 NCBWA Division I Preseason Top 35 Poll1. TCU2. UCLA3. Florida4. Vanderbilt5. Oklahoma6. Texas7. Clemson8. South Carolina9. Cal State Fullerton10. Florida State11. Arizona State12. Oregon13. Virginia14. Stanford15. Rice16. Texas A&M17. Connecticut18. Coastal Carolina19. LSU20. Miami21. Georgia Tech22. Louisville23. Auburn24. ARKANSAS25. Arizona26. College of Charleston27. UC Irvine28. Alabama29. North Carolina30. California31. St. John’s32. Baylor33. Wichita State34. Washington State35. Fresno State
2011 opponents in italics