COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Baseball team was ranked No. 24 in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll released by the newspaper on Thursday afternoon.
The ranking is the highest for Texas A&M in the three major college baseball polls that have been released prior to the first pitch of the 2013 season. The Aggies were selected No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Top 40 ranking and were unranked in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 poll.
Arkansas was picked as the preseason favorite, earning 10 of the 31 first-place votes. UCLA was ranked No. 2 followed by LSU, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Aggies were one of eight SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 along with Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina, Vanderbilt (No. 8), Florida (No. 13), Kentucky (No. 15) and Mississippi State (t-No. 18).
To see the complete rankings visit the USA Today website HERE.
Texas A&M, which returns 17 letterwinners, finished the 2012 season ranked No. 18 following a 43-18 campaign. The Maroon and White will play their first season in the SEC after finishing second in the Big 12 with a 16-8 record last year.
The Aggies begin the 2013 against Illinois-Chicago at Blue Bell Park on Feb. 15-17.