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Florida baseball ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball preseason poll



After finishing as the national runner-up last season, the Florida baseball team will begin the season as the top dog in at least one preseason poll.

The Gators are ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Preseason Poll released on Monday. It is the first time in school history that the Gators have occupied the top spot during the preseason in the nation’s oldest college baseball poll, which began in 1958.

Florida is coming off a season in which the Gators finished 53-19, second at the College World Series for the second time, and established a school record for victories. Florida made the trip to Omaha in consecutive seasons for the first time and reached the CWS for the seventh time in school history (1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011).

The Gators also have a record seven Louisville Slugger preseason All-Americans: Nolan Fontana, Brian Johnson, Austin Maddox, Hudson Randall, Preston Tucker, Karsten Whitson and Mike Zunino.

[Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2011 4:03pm]


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