Arkansas named top team in 2013 NCBWA Preseason Poll
DALLAS -- The Arkansas Razorbacks have been selected as No. 1 in the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason Poll.
Coach Dave Van Horn's Razorbacks are coming off a third-place finish behind champion Arizona and 2010 and 2011 winner South Carolina in the 2012 NCAA World Series and final record of 46-22. This is the first preseason No. 1 ranking for the Razorbacks, who are also No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball and USA Today Coaches pre-2013 surveys.
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Arizona rolled through the NCAA Regional, Super Regional ands CWS tourneys with a 10-0 record and was No. 14 in the initial NCBWA ratings. The poll voters come from 45 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.
Previous No. 1 entries on the preseason NCBWA rankings have been LSU in the 1998, 2001 and 2009 polls, Southern California (1999), Miami (Fla.) (2000), Stanford (2002), Texas (2003, 06, 10), Rice (2004, 07), Cal State Fullerton (2005), Arizona State (2008), North Carolina (2009), TCU (2011), and Florida (2012).
Other 2012 NCAA World Series entrants in the poll are UCLA at No. 5, South Carolina at No. 6, Florida State at No. 13, Florida at No. 15 and Kent State at No. 30.
Last season, four different teams were rated No. 1 in the poll -- Arizona, preseason favorite Florida, Florida State, and South Carolina.