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A&M Ranked in Two More Preseason Top 25 Polls

January 27, 2014
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Baseball was recognized in two preseason polls released on Monday morning. The Aggies were tabbed No. 19 in the Perfect Game USA Preseason Top 25 Poll and selected No. 24 in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 Poll.

A&M has been ranked in all three of the nationally recognized polls to date.  The Aggies were tabbed No. 25 in a pre-Christmas release of the Collegiate Baseball Top 40 Ranking presented by Big League Chew. The USA Today Coaches Top 25 and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30 have yet to be announced.

The Aggies begin the season on February 14 with a three-game series against Northeastern on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies return 17 letterman from 2013, including seven starting position players and four starting pitchers. All-SEC Second Team performers Krey Bratsen, in centerfield, and Daniel Mengden, on the mound, highlight the group of returnees as well as SEC All-Defensive Team selection Cole Lankford at first base.

Bratsen is one of five seniors on the squad along with closer Jason Jester, starting pitcher Parker Ray, rightfielder Jace Statum and catcher Troy Stein.

Texas A&M is one of eight Southeastern Conference schools ranked in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 poll. Also ranked are South Carolina (No. 7), Mississippi State (8), LSU (9), Vanderbilt (No. 10), Alabama (21), Florida (23) and Arkansas (25). Virginia is the preseason No. 1 team.

Seven teams from the SEC are included in the Perfect Game USA preseason poll. Also ranked are Mississippi State (No. 6), South Carolina (7), Vanderbilt (11), LSU (12), Florida (15) and Alabama (21). Virginia also tops the Perfect Game USA poll.

Season tickets are currently on sale online at the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center. To learn more about the team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @Aggie_Baseball on Twitter.

2014 Perfect Game USA Preseason Top 25 Poll

     Team                2013 Record   2013 Rank
 1   Virginia              50-12         11
 2   Cal State Fullerton   51-10          8
 3   Oregon State          52-13          4
 4   Florida State         47-17         10
 5   Indiana               49-16          8
 6   Mississippi State     51-20          2
 7   South Carolina        43-20         13
 8   UCLA                  49-17          1
 9   Oregon                48-16         17
10   North Carolina State  50-16          7
11   Vanderbilt            54-12         10
12   Louisiana State       57-11          5
13   North Carolina        59-12          3
14   Clemson               40-22         NR
15   Florida               29-30         NR
16   Louisville            51-14          9
17   Rice                  44-20         16
18   Arizona State         37-22         21
19   Texas A&M             34-29         NR
20   Miami (Fla.)          37-25         NR
21   Alabama               35-28         NR
22   Kansas State          45-19         14|
23   Oklahoma State        41-19         23
24   Florida Atlantic      42-22         20
25   Texas                 27-24         NR

2014 Baseball America Preseason Top 25 Poll

     Team                2013 Record   2013 Rank
 1   Virginia              50-12         11
 2   Oregon State          52-13          4
 3   Indiana               49-16          7
 4   Cal State Fullerton   51-10         10
 5   North Carolina State  50-16          6
 6   Florida State         47-17         12
 7   South Carolina        43-20         14
 8   Mississippi State     51-20          2
 9   Louisiana State       57-11          5
10   Vanderbilt            54-12          9
11   Oregon                48-16         17
12   UCLA                  49-17          1
13   Clemson               40-22         NR
14   Louisiana-Lafayette   43-20         NR
15   Rice                  44-20         16
16   Miami                 37-25         NR          
17   North Carolina        59-12          3             
18   Texas                 27-24         NR          
19   Texas Christian       29-28         NR          
20   Louisville            51-14          8             
21   Alabama               35-28         NR          
22   Kansas State          45-19         13          
23   Florida               29-30         NR          
24   Texas A&M             34-29         NR          
25   Arkansas              39-22         18

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