Six months after grabbing 54 victories and a third-place finish in the College World Series, Texas Christian starts the 2011 campaign as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball. 

The top billing is the first in program history for the Horned Frogs, who return their complete starting rotation from last spring. TCU has seven starters back in the field, including preseason All-American Jason Coats, a junior outfielder. Coats was joined on the preseason All-America teams by pitchers Matt Purke, Steven Maxwell and Kyle Winkler.  

TCU earned 495 points in the preseason poll, which was decided by just 21 points between the top 10 teams. Florida is second, just one point behind the Horned Frogs while UCLA was another point back in third. Clemson and Vanderbilt rounded out the top five.

Three Big 12 teams take up the Nos. 6-8 slots with Oklahoma leading the way followed by Texas and Texas A&M. The Pac-10 also has three teams in the top 10 with No. 9 Oregon and No. 10 Stanford joining UCLA.

Defending national champion South Carolina, which defeated the Bruins in the final game in Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium in June, was ranked 14th, the lowest ranking of last season's CWS participants. Arizona State (11th) and Florida State (13th) were just ahead of the Gamecocks.    

 

Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

Rank School  2010 Record Points
1. Texas Christian 54-14 495
2. Florida 47-17 494
3. UCLA  51-17 493
4. Clemson  45-25 489
5. Vanderbilt  46-20 486
6. Oklahoma  50-18 483
7. Texas  50-13 481
8. Texas A&M  43-21-1 480
9. Oregon  40-24 479
10. Stanford  31-25 474
11. Arizona State 52-10 473
12. Cal. State Fullerton  46-18 470
13. Florida State 48-20 469
14. South Carolina  54-16 467
15. Louisiana State 41-22 465
16. Connecticut  48-16 462
17. Virginia  51-14 457
18. Miami (Fla.) 43-20 455
19. Georgia Tech 47-15 454
20. Louisville 50-14 451
21. Rice 40-23 450
22. Arizona 34-24 445
23. Wichita State 41-19 443
24. Coastal Carolina  55-10 440
25. Auburn 43-21 437
26. St. John's 43-20 435
27. North Carolina  38-32 434
28. San Diego  37-22 427
29. Fresno State 38-25 426
30. Pittsburgh 38-18 425
31. Washington State 37-22 422
32. Arkansas  43-21 418
33. California  29-25 417
34. UC Irvine 39-21 414
35. College of Charleston  44-19 412
36. Florida Atlantic 37-24 409
37. Kansas State 37-22 407
38. Hawaii  35-28 402
39. Baylor 36-24 401
40. Kent State 39-25 398