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Baseball Third in Preseason Coaches' Poll
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Published: January 24, 2013, 03:14 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU received more preseason Top 10 recognition Thursday, as the Tigers are No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No. 10 in the Baseball America poll.

LSU was No. 4 in the Collegiate Baseball poll released last month and No. 5 in the Perfect Game poll released earlier this week.

The Tigers, who begin preseason practice at 3 p.m. Friday in Alex Box Stadium, are the reigning SEC champions and were the NCAA Tournament No. 7 National Seed last season.

LSU opens the 2013 season at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 15 versus Maryland in Alex Box Stadium.

USA TODAY SPORTS TOP 25 COACHES' POLL - Jan. 24, 2013
 
1. Arkansas (46-22)
2. UCLA (48-16)
3. LSU (47-18)
4. North Carolina (46-16)
5. South Carolina (49-20)
6. Oregon (46-19)
7. Stanford (41-18)
8. Vanderbilt (35-28)
9. Florida State (50-17)
10. Arizona (48-17)
11. NC State (43-20)
12. TCU (40-22)
13. Florida (47-20)
14. Oregon State (40-20)
15. Kentucky (45-18)
16. Oklahoma (42-25)
17. Rice (41-19)
t18. Mississippi State (40-24)
t18. San Diego (40-17)
20. Arizona State (36-20)
21. Georgia Tech (38-26)
22. Cal State Fullerton (36-21)
23. Baylor (49-17)
24. Texas A&M (43-18)
t25. Virginia (40-18-1)
t25. Louisville (41-22)
 
Others receiving votes: Mississippi (37-26) 92; Texas (30-22) 84; Kent State (47-20) 68; Clemson (35-28) 63; Miami (Fla.) (36-23) 61; St. John's (40-23) 58; Stony Brook (52-15) 28; Central Florida (45-17) 27; Purdue (45-14) 26; Tulane (38-20) 19; UC-Irvine (31-25) 13; Pepperdine (36-23) 9; Missouri State (40-22) 8; California (29-25) 6; Oklahoma State (32-25) 6; Georgia (31-26) 5; New Mexico (37-24) 5; Southern Mississippi (32-24) 5; North Carolina-Wilmington (39-23) 3; Sam Houston State (40-22) 3; Cal Poly (36-20) 2; Coastal Carolina (42-19) 2; Dallas Baptist (41-19) 2; Fresno State (31-28) 2; Notre Dame (31-27) 1; Virginia Tech (34-21) 1; Wichita State (35-25) 1.

 

Baseball America Preseason Top 25

Rk. Team, 2012 Record, Final 2012 Ranking
1. North Carolina, 46-16, 17
2. Vanderbilt, 35-28, NR
3. Arkansas, 46-22, 6
4. Louisville, 41-22, NR
5. Mississippi State, 40-24, 22
6. Oregon State, 40-20, 24
7. South Carolina, 49-20, 2
8. NC State, 43-20, 12
9. Stanford, 41-18, 13
10. LSU, 47-18, 9
11. Kentucky, 45-18, 20
12. UCLA, 48-16, 5
13. Ole Miss, 37-26, NR
14. TCU, 40-22, 16
15. Oregon, 49-16, 11
16. Georgia Tech, 38-28, NR
17. Florida, 47-20, 3
18. Rice, 41-19, 18
19. Oklahoma, 42-25, 14
20. Florida State, 50-17, 4
21. New Mexico, 37-24, NR
22. Cal State Fullerton, 36-21, 21
23. Southern Miss, 32-24, NR
24. Arizona, 48-17, 1
25. San Diego, 40-17, NR

 

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