Baseball America: Gators No. 1

Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan pumps his fist to the yells from the crowd as the Gators celebrate after beating Mississippi State at the Super Regionals last year in Gainesville. O'Sullivan has the Gators ranked No. 1 to open this season.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.

Another preseason college baseball poll, another No. 1 ranking for Florida.

Florida was picked No. 1 in Baseball America's preseason Top 25 rankings released on Tuesday for the second year in a row and the second time in school history. UF was ranked first in Collegiate Baseball's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Preseason Poll released last month.

Fifth-year head coach Kevin O'Sullivan's team, which finished as the national runner-up a year ago, returns the bulk of its everyday lineup, its entire weekend rotation and a number of key arms in the bullpen.

The Gators, 53-19 last year, will certainly be tested, as 28 of their 56 games during the regular season will be against squads listed in the Baseball America poll.

Florida opens its season Feb. 17 against No. 25 Cal State Fullerton at McKethan Stadium.

SOFTBALL: Florida (56-13 last year), the national runner-up a year ago, was picked No. 2 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 4 in the poll.

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