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BSB: Mavs receiving votes in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll

UTA coach Darin Thomas has won two straight conference titles.
 
UTA coach Darin Thomas has won two straight conference titles.
 

Dec. 20, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington is receiving votes in Collegiate Baseball’s Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum. The Mavericks head into their first season in the Sun Belt Conference coming off a Western Athletic Conference co-championship.

Cal. St. Fullerton is ranked No. 1 in the pre-season baseball poll. The Titans, which finished second at the Fullerton Super Regional last season to eventual national champion UCLA after posting an overall 51-10 record, will be gunning for their fifth national title.

The pre-season 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.

The Mavericks return 17 letter winners from a team that went 31-27 in 2013 and claimed a share of the WAC regular-season championship. UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas welcomes in 17 newcomers for the first season in the Sun Belt.

The Mavericks have won conference titles the last two years, winning the Southland Conference Tournament championship in 2012. Being competitive right off the bat in the SBC is a definite goal.

"We know we're getting into a tough conference with the Sun Belt," Thomas said. "Four teams made the regionals last year. It's known for baseball. We know it's going to be tough.

"I feel good about our team this year. We've got seven returning position guys that played quite a bit and seven returning pitchers that pitched quite a bit, and I like our new guys so far. We're going to have to up our level."

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.


 

 

Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I Poll
(As of Dec. 20, 2013)
www.baseballnews.com

Rank

Team (2013 Record)

Points

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

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Arkansas, UNLV, Auburn, San Diego St., Fresno St., Southern California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Alabama, San Francisco, Loyola Marymount, Brigham Young, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech., Mercer, U.C. Irvine, Missouri St., Pepperdine, Troy, Sam Houston St., Austin Peay St., Bryant, Florida Atlantic, N.C. Wilmington, Houston, Central Florida, St. Louis, Creighton, Campbell, Nebraska, Gonzaga, Sacramento St., New Mexico St., St. John’s, Cal. St. Bakersfield, Ohio St., Michigan, Southern Mississippi, Kent St., Illinois St., Appalachian St., The Citadel, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Southeastern Louisiana, California, Washington, Washington St., West Virginia, Baylor, Minnesota, Stony Brook, Dallas Baptist, UT Arlington, Texas St., Maine, South Florida, Connecticut, Virginia Tech., Pittsburgh, Missouri, Notre Dame, North Florida, East Tennessee St., Florida Gulf Coast, Virginia Commonwealth, Rhode Island, Charlotte.

 

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