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Owls Ranked 7th In Collegiate Baseball's 2012 Preseason Poll

Dec. 19, 2011

Collegiate Baseball web site

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Rice baseball team is ranked seventh in the country in Collegiate Baseball's preseason rankings for the upcoming 2012 season, the publication announced from its headquarters in Arizona on Monday (Dec. 19). Collegiate Baseball's full 2012 preseason poll appears below and at the publication's web site (above).

Last spring the Rice baseball team went 42-21 and advanced to an NCAA Regional for a 17th-straight year. Under the direction of head coach Wayne Graham, who is now in his 21st season at the helm of the program, the Owls have won at least 40 games in each of the last 17 seasons and have won or shared 16-consecutive conference championships (including regular season and/or conference tournament titles).

Rice returns 22 experienced lettermen to the roster in 2012, including eight returning starters in the field and a host of veteran pitchers led by sophomore right-hander Austin Kubitza. The Owls have a highly-touted group of incoming freshmen players making their Division I debut this spring. The team opens the 2012 season with a three-game home series at Reckling Park against NCAA Regional participant Florida International on Feb. 17-19.

Collegiate Baseball's NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Top 40 Poll (Dec. 19, 2012)
Rank School ('11 Final Record) Points
1. Florida (53-19) 497
2. South Carolina (55-14) 494
3. Stanford (35-22) 490
4. North Carolina (51-16) 488
5. Texas (49-19) 485
6. Texas A&M (47-22) 484
7. Rice (42-21) 482
8. Arkansas (40-22) 479
9. Georgia Tech. (42-21) 476
10. Texas Christian (43-19) 474

11. St. John's (36-22) 470
12. Louisiana St. (36-20) 468
13. Florida St. (46-19) 465
14. Miami, Fla. (38-23) 464
15. Louisville (32-29) 460
16. Oklahoma (41-19) 458
17. Arizona St. (43-18) 457
18. Georgia (33-32) 455
19. UCLA (35-24) 454
20. Arizona (39-21) 452

21. Cal State Fullerton (41-17) 449
22. California (38-23) 447
23. Vanderbilt (54-12) 445
24. Oregon St. (41-19) 443
25. Clemson (43-20) 437
26. Stetson (43-20) 435
27. Oregon (33-26-1) 432
28. Baylor (31-28) 430
29. U.C. Irvine (43-18) 425
30. Southern Miss. (39-19) 422

31. Missouri St. (33-23) 419
32. College of Charleston (39-22) 417
33. Virginia (56-12) 413
34. Georgia Southern (36-26) 412
35. Texas St. (41-23) 408
36. Central Florida (39-23) 406
37. Wichita St. (39-26) 403
38. Jacksonville (37-24) 400
39. Florida International (40-20-1) 397
40. Southern California (25-31) 395

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