Baseball Ranked No. 21 in Baseball America and Perfect Game USA Preseason Polls

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Jan. 27, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama will open the 2014 season ranked No. 21 in the nation by both Baseball America and Perfect Game USA, as announced on Monday morning. The Crimson Tide opens the season on Friday, Feb. 14 against Saint Louis in game one of a three-game series from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. p>

The Tide returns 21 players, including five position starters and four starting pitchers, from the 2013 NCAA Regional squad. Highlighting the list of returners are 2013 freshmen All-Americans Mikey White at shortstop and Ray Castillo on the mound, along with 2013 gold glove second baseman Kyle Overstreet.

Alabama also returns starters in junior right fielder Ben Moore, sophomore center fielder Georgie Salem and sophomore Chance Vincent, who ended the 2013 season as the team’s designated hitter. On the mound, the Tide returns 2013 weekend starters Spencer Turnbull and Justin Kamplain, along with a host of players in the bullpen including, Tucker Hawley, Jay Shaw, Jake Hubbard, Mitch Greet, Jon Keller and Mike Oczypok.

Alabama 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 (No. 8), LSU (No. 9), Vanderbilt (No. 10), Florida (No. 23), Texas A&M (No. 24) and Arkansas (No. 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 (No. 7), Vanderbilt (No. 11), LSU (No. 12), Florida (No. 15) and Texas A&M (No. 19).

To be part of the excitement of the 2014 Alabama baseball season, purchase tickets at RollTide.com or call the ticket office at 1.877.TIDETIX. Single game and Mini Packs will go on sale on February, 2014.

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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               34-19           NR         
25. Arkansas                39-22           18


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


 

 

     
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