Gators are No. 1 in another baseball preseason poll

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Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

 

Florida will begin the 2018 baseball season in the same position the Gators ended the 2017 edition — No. 1 in the nation.

UF is ranked No. 1 in D1Baseball.com’s Preseason Poll released Tuesday. Coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s club had previously been tabbed No. 1 in the preseason polls from Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game.

D1Baseball.com began rankings prior to the 2015 season and the Gators have ranked in the top two each year during the preseason (2017-No. 2; 2016-No. 1; 2015-No. 2).

The Gators open the 2018 season Feb. 16 against Siena at McKethan Stadium. Season tickets and Flex Passes for the season are on sale and can be purchased online through FloridaGators.com or by calling the Gator Ticket Office at 1-800-34-GATOR from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Last season, Florida won the first national title in program history with a 52-19 record. The Gators have reached the College World Series six times in the past eight years under O’Sullivan. UF is the only program in the country to earn a top-eight national seed for NCAA play for the eighth time in the last nine years.

2018 D1Baseball.com Preseason Top 25

Rk Team ’17 Record ’17 Rk
1 FLORIDA 52-19 1
2 Oregon State 56-6 3
3 Texas Tech 45-17 13
4 Arkansas 45-19 20
5 Florida State 46-23 6
6 North Carolina 49-14 11
7 Texas Christian 50-18 4
8 Kentucky 43-23 10
9 Mississippi 32-25 NR
10 Texas A&M 41-23 8
11 UCLA 30-27 NR
12 Mississippi State 40-27 14
13 Stanford 42-16 17
14 Vanderbilt 36-25 19
15 Louisville 53-12 5
16 LSU 51-20 2
17 Cal State Fullerton 39-24 7
18 Dallas Baptist 42-21 NR
19 Virginia 43-16 22
20 South Alabama 40-21 NR
21 Texas 39-24 23
22 West Virginia 36-26 NR
23 Indiana 34-24 NR
24 Houston 42-21 21
25 Duke 30-28 NR

Gators’ 2018 opponents in Bold Italics

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    • Although they lost Alex, they have 3 pitchers who are pre-season All-Americans and at least one of them is a lottery pick , if not two.Singer and Kowar should be top 10 selections when they go. The key to this team is their hitting. They won a NC last year without much of it, especially power hitting. But I think they will be better this year at the plate. If they are, watch out!

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