USC No. 14 in Collegiate Baseball preseason poll

GoGamecocks staff reportsDecember 20, 2013 

Grayson Greiner

TIM DOMINICK — Tim Dominick/tdominick@thestate.com

South Carolina is ranked No. 14 in the nation in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top 40 as announced Friday.

The Gamecocks begin the 2014 season on Friday, Feb. 14 in the first game of a three-game series against Bucknell at Carolina Stadium.

South Carolina is one of eight SEC schools to be ranked in the preseason poll. Also ranked is Mississippi State (No. 2), LSU (No. 3), Vanderbilt (No. 9), Florida (No. 16), Texas A&M (No. 25), Alabama (No. 29) and Ole Miss (No. 30). Cal State Fullerton is the preseason No. 1 team.

The Gamecocks return seven position starters, nine pitchers and 18 letterwinners from last year’s Super Regional team. Carolina also features a strong crop of newcomers that were ranked the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation earlier this fall by Baseball America.

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL’S PRESEASON TOP 40 1. Cal. St. Fullerton (51-10) 495
2. Mississippi St. (51-20) 493
3. Louisiana St. (57-11) 491
4. Oregon St. (52-13) 487
5. Florida St. (47-17) 485
6. Oregon (48-16) 483
7. Indiana (49-16) 481
8. Louisville (51-14) 479
9. Vanderbilt (54-12) 477
10. N.C. State (50-16) 474
11. North Carolina (59-12) 471
12. Virginia (50-12) 468
13. Miami, Fla. (37-25) 465
14. South Carolina (43-20) 463
15. UCLA (49-17) 460
16. Florida (29-30) 457
17. Rice (44-20) 455
18. Oklahoma St. (41-19) 454
19. Texas Christian (29-28) 451
20. Texas (27-24) 450
21. Clemson (40-22) 447
22. Arizona St. (37-22-1) 445
23. La.-Lafayette (43-10) 443
24. Arizona (34-21) 441
25. Texas A&M (34-29) 437
26. Stanford (32-22) 435
27. Cal. Poly (40-19) 432
28. Kansas St. (45-19) 430
29. Alabama (35-28) 423
30. Mississippi (38-24) 421
31. Western Carolina (39-20) 419
32. Oklahoma (43-21) 417
33. San Diego (37-25) 414
34. Wichita St. (39-28) 411
35. Liberty (36-29) 409
36. Tennessee Tech. (40-17) 404
37. New Mexico (37-22) 403
38. East Carolina (31-26) 400
39. U.C. Santa Barbara (34-23) 396
40. Coastal Carolina (37-23) 395

The preseason poll factors in voting by NCAA Division I coaches across the nation, how a team finished last season nationally, returning position player starters and pitchers, potential draft picks along with the quality of its recruiting class last fall.

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