Razorbacks Land 26th and 33rd in National Pres
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas is once again among the top collegiate baseball teams in the nation heading into the 2005 season according to two prominent national college baseball publications. Baseball America ranks the Hogs 26th entering the season while Collegiate Baseball has Arkansas ranked 33rd.
“Preseason rankings are based entirely on what teams did last year and what they have coming back,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “We surprised a lot of people last year, but I don’t think we will sneak up on anyone this season as defending Southeastern Conference champions. We proved last year that it doesn’t matter where you start in the rankings, just where you end. We were not even on the poll radar to start the season last year, but ended up finishing in the top 10. Hopefully we can put together another strong finish in 2005.”
The Razorbacks posted a 45-24 record last season on the way to capturing a share of the Southeastern Conference crown and an undisputed SEC Western Division title. Arkansas capped its season by winning both an NCAA Regional and a NCAA Super Regional at Baum Stadium to earn a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. It was the school’s fifth College World Series appearance and was the Hogs’ first appearance since 1989. Arkansas finished the 2004 season sixth and seventh in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls, respectively.
Arkansas will take the practice field for the first time this season on Monday, Jan. 17. The Razorbacks open their regular season in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 11-13 with a four-game round robin tournament with Dallas Baptist and Texas-Arlington. Arkansas hosts Minnesota for a three-game series on Feb. 25-27 in the first home series of the 2005 campaign.
Tickets for the 2005 Razorback baseball season are available online at www.hogwired.com or by contacting the UA ticket office at (479) 575-5151 or 1-800-982-HOGS.
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