Florida Gators Baseball Team Preseason Ranked No. 1 By D1Baseball
By FloridaGators.com // January 16, 2016
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA (FloridaGators.com) – The University of Florida was ranked No. 1 in D1Baseball’s NCAA Division I Preseason Poll released on Tuesday.
Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan‘s club had previously been tabbed No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball.
Florida headlines the top five, followed by Louisville, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Oregon State. The Orange and Blue will begin the 2016 campaign on Feb. 19 at McKethan Stadium, when Florida Gulf Coast visits for the opener of a three-game series.
Last season, UF went 52-18 and ranked third in the final polls after becoming the only program in the country to earn a top-eight national seed for NCAA play for the sixth time in seven years.
The Gators also swept through the Gainesville Regionals and Super Regionals held at McKethan Stadium. The incoming class has been ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, the program’s seventh consecutive time in the top eight classes in the country.
Florida joins several other SEC programs in the poll: Vanderbilt, 3rd; Texas A&M, 4th; LSU, 7th; Mississippi State, 15th; South Carolina, 17th and Arkansas, 25th.
The contest with the Eagles begins the 33-game home schedule at McKethan Stadium, where the Gators boast a 231-69 (.770) mark in O’Sullivan’s tenure.