<b>Jeremy Rathjen</b>

Baseball

Owls Ranked 21st In Collegiate Baseball's 2011 Preseason Poll

Dec. 20, 2010

Collegiate Baseball Magazine

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Rice baseball team is ranked 21st in the country in Collegiate Baseball's preseason rankings for the upcoming 2011 season, the publication announced from its headquarters in Arizona on Monday (Dec. 20). Collegiate Baseball's full 2011 preseason poll appears below and at the publication's web site (link above).

Last spring the Rice baseball team went 40-23 and advanced to an NCAA Regional for a 16th-straight year. Under the direction of head coach Wayne Graham, who is in his 20th season with the Blue & Gray, the Owls have won at least 40 games in each of the last 16 seasons and have won or shared 15-consecutive conference championships (including regular season and/or conference tournament titles).

Rice returns 23 experienced lettermen to the roster in 2011, including five returning starters in the field and a host of veteran pitchers. In addition to junior third baseman Anthony Rendon, the 2010 Howser Trophy winner as the collegiate player of the year, the Owls have a highly-touted group of incoming freshmen players making their Division I debut this spring. The team opens the 2011 season with a three-game home series at Reckling Park against No. 10 ranked Stanford on Feb. 18-20.

2011 Collegiate Baseball Magazine Preseason Ranking (Dec. 20, 2010)
Rank School ('10 Final Record) Points

1. Texas Christian (54-14) 495
2. Florida (47-17) 494
3. UCLA (51-17) 493
4. Clemson (45-25) 489
5. Vanderbilt (46-20) 486
6. Oklahoma (50-18) 483
7. Texas (50-13) 481
8. Texas A&M (43-21-1) 480
9. Oregon (40-24) 479
10. Stanford (31-25) 474
11. Arizona St. (52-10) 473
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (46-18) 470
13. Florida St. (48-20) 469
14. South Carolina (54-16) 467
15. Louisiana St. (41-22) 465
16. Connecticut (48-16) 462
17. Virginia (51-14) 457
18. Miami, Fla. (43-20) 455
19. Georgia Tech. (47-15) 454
20. Louisville (50-14) 451
21. Rice (40-23) 450
22. Arizona (34-24) 445
23. Wichita St. (41-19) 443
24. Coastal Carolina (55-10) 440
25. Auburn (43-21) 437
26. St. John's (43-20) 435
27. North Carolina (38-32) 434
28. San Diego (37-22) 427
29. Fresno St. (38-25) 426
30. Pittsburgh (38-18) 425
31. Washington St. (37-22) 422
32. Arkansas (43-21) 418
33. California (29-25) 417
34. U.C. Irvine (39-21) 414
35. College of Charleston (44-19) 412
36. Florida Atlantic (37-24) 409
37. Kansas St. (37-22) 407
38. Hawaii (35-28) 402
39. Baylor (36-24) 401
40. Kent St. (39-25) 398

Print Friendly Version

Players Mentioned