TCU tops NCBWA preseason poll
DALLAS – The TCU Horned Frogs are No. 1 nationally for the first time in school history in the 2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers poll.
Coach Jim Schlossnagle's squad finished 54-14 last year and earned the university' s inaugural trip to the NCAA World Series. TCU features NCBWA Freshman of the Year and team ace Matt Purke (16-0) among a stellar cast of returnees. TCU's ranking is the first preseason No. 1 for the Mountain West Conference.
The Horned Frogs also gained the No. 1 preseason ranking in the Collegiate Baseball poll.
Defending NCAA champion South Carolina is No. 8 while 2010 Division I runner-up UCLA is No. 2.
The NCBWA weekly polls will resume Feb. 21 with the finale on June 28 following the 65th annual College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The poll voters are 40 college baseball writers and related media throughout the nation. After a preseason Top 35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national Top 30.