UConn baseball tabbed at No. 9 in preseason poll

By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor

UConn baseball turned heads last year, winning a program record 22-straight games en route to the team’s best season since 1979. The team is returning a lot of talent from last year’s squad too, enough that many of the experts are predicting an even better season this year.

The fact is certainly reflected in the preseason rankings anyway. Baseball America released their preseason poll yesterday afternoon, and they have UConn tabbed at No. 9 in the country. It was the first time the school has ever been ranked in the Baseball America preseason poll, and the first Top-10 preseason ranking the school’s ever achieved in any national preseason poll.

The Baseball America poll dates back to 1981. This year’s rankings tab Florida as the No. 1 team in the nation, and features two Big East teams in the Top-25 (UConn at No. 9 and St. John’s at No. 23.) Here is the complete poll.

1.    Florida
2.    UCLA
3.    Texas Christian
4.    Vanderbilt
5.    Oklahoma
6.    Texas
7.    South Carolina
8.    Cal State Fullerton
9.    Connecticut
10.    Clemson
11.    Arizona State
12.    Florida State
13.    Stanford
14.    Oregon
15.    Virginia
16.    Baylor
17.    California
18.    Rice
19.    Arizona
20.    College of Charleston
21.    Texas A&M
22.    Louisiana State
23.    St. John’s
24.    Miami
25.    Tulane

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West Region - No. 3 Seed, 30-9 (9-9)

Last Game: 65-63 W vs. (5) Arizona (March 26)

Next Game: vs. (4) Kentucky (April 2, 8:49 p.m., Reliant Stadium, Houston.)

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25 - Michael Bradley
34 - Alex Oriakhi
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Last Game: 75-40 W vs. (2) Duke (March 29)

Next Game: vs. (2) Notre Dame (April 3, 9 p.m., Canseco Field House, Indianapolis, Ind.)

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