FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas has the No. 12 program in the current era of college baseball and the No. 5 program in the Southeastern Conference, announced by D1Baseball.com on Tuesday.
The SEC led all conferences with 13 of its 14 teams ranked in the Top 100, including four in the top 10.
D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers determined the list by taking into consideration recent history, coaching staff quality, facilities, scholarship/financial aid situation, conference dynamics and recruiting and player development proficiency.
From the D1Baseball release:
“Arkansas has made the NCAA tournament in each of Dave Van Horn’s 13 seasons at the helm — and no other program in the SEC has been to regionals every year since 2002, as Arkansas has. That gives you an idea how difficult it is to be that consistent in the ultra-rugged SEC. Not only has Arkansas been consistently good, it has also reached Omaha four times in the Van Horn era. This year marked the second CWS trip in four years for the Hogs, who regularly recruit high-end talent and get the most out of it. Baum Stadium is one of the nation’s very best venues, and the huge, passionate Arkansas fan base is a major advantage for the program. This is a top-flight program, plain and simple.”
Fans can view the Top 100 programs at D1Baseball.com.
The OmaHogs, fresh off a run to the 2015 College World Series, return several key contributors including pitchers Zach Jackson, an All-SEC first team selection, and Keaton McKinney, an SEC All-Freshman team honoree.
The baseball team will hold a Fall World Series in October and open their 2016 campaign in February.
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