Commentary

Runner-up Texas tops preseason poll

Updated: January 28, 2010, 5:04 PM ET
By Baseball America

Texas ended up one step short of its goal last year as Lousiana State prevailed in the College World Series Championship Series. The Longhorns may get their revenge this year. They are Baseball America's preseason pick to be No. 1. But the defending champs aren't far behind at No. 3.

Texas

1. Texas

2009 Record (Ranking): 46-19 (12)
RPI: 2
Coach (Record):Augie Garrido (567-269-2, 13 years)
Postseason History: 53 regional appearances (active streak: 11 straight), 34 CWS appearances (last in 2009), 6 national titles (last in 2005).

Virginia

2. Virginia

2009 Record (Ranking): 49-15-1 (5)
RPI: 3
Coach (Record): Brian O'Connor (265-104-1, 6 years)
Postseason History: 9 regional appearances (active streak: 6 straight), 1 CWS appearance (2009), 0 national titles.

LSU

3. Louisiana State

2009 Record (Ranking): 56-17 (1)
RPI: 4
Coach (Record): Paul Mainieri (134-62-2, 3 years)
Postseason History: 23 regional appearances (active streak: 2 straight), 15 CWS appearances (active streak: 2 straight), 6 national titles (last in 2009).

Cal State Fullerton

4. Cal State Fullerton

2009 Record (Ranking): 47-16 (4)
RPI: 1
Coach (Record): Dave Serrano (88-38, 2 years)
Postseason History: 31 regional appearances (active streak: 18 straight), 16 CWS appearances (last in 2009), 4 national titles (last in 2004).

Rice

5. Rice

2009 Record (Ranking): 43-18 (8)
RPI: 10
Coach (Record): Wayne Graham (830-317, 18 years)
Postseason History: 15 regional appearances (active streak: 15 straight), 7 CWS appearances ( last in 2008), 1 national title (2003).

Georgia Tech

6. Georgia Tech

2009 Record (Ranking): 38-19-1 (20)
RPI: 9
Coach (Record): Danny Hall (690-313-1, 16 years)
Postseason History: 25 regional appearances (active streak: 2 straight), 3 CWS appearances (last in 2006), 0 national titles.

Florida

7. Florida

2009 Record (Ranking): 42-22 (12)
RPI: 10
Coach (Record): Kevin O'Sullivan (76-46, 2 years)
Postseason History: 25 regional appearances (active streak: 2 straight), 5 CWS appearances (last in 2005), 0 national titles.

UC Irvine

8. UC Irvine

2009 Record (Ranking): 45-15 (10)
RPI: 16
Coach (Record): Mike Gillespie (87-33, 2 years)
Postseason History: 5 regional appearances (active streak: 4 straight), 1 CWS appearance (2007), 0 national titles.

FSU

9. Florida State

2009 Record (Ranking): 45-18 (9)
RPI: 15
Coach (Record): Mike Martin (1583-538-4, 30 years)
Postseason History: 47 regional appearances (active streak: 32 straight), 19 CWS appearances (last in 2008), 0 national titles.

South Carolina

10. South Carolina

2009 Record (Ranking): 40-23 (25)
RPI: 21
Coach (Record): Ray Tanner (540-243, 12 years)
Postseason History: 25 regional appearances (active streak: 10 straight), 8 CWS appearances (last in 2004), 0 national titles.

Texas Christian

11. Texas Christian

2009 Record (Ranking): 40-18 (14)
RPI: 8
Coach (Record): Jim Schlossnagle (251-120, 6 years).
Postseason History: 8 regional appearances (active streak: 6 straight), 0 CWS appearances, 0 national titles.

Coastal Carolina

12. Coastal Carolina

2009 Record (Ranking): 47-16 (NR)
RPI: 28
Coach (Record): Gary Gilmore (554-293, 14 years).
Postseason History: 9 regional appearances (active streak: 3 straight), 0 CWS appearances, 0 national titles.

Louisville

13. Louisville

2009 Record (Ranking): 47-18 (15)
RPI: 17
Coach (Record): Dan McDonnell (135-63, 3 years)
Postseason History: 4 regional appearances (active streak: 3 straight), 1 CWS appearance (2007), 0 national titles.

ASU

14. Arizona State

2009 Record (Ranking): 51-14 (3)
RPI: 6
Coach (Record): Tim Esmay (1st year)
Postseason History: 33 regional appearances (active streak: 10 straight), 21 CWS appearances (last in 2009), 5 national titles (last in 1981).

Clemson

15. Clemson

2008 Record (Ranking): 44-22 (16)
RPI: 12
Coach (Record): Jack Leggett (724-331-1, 16 years)
Postseason History: 34 regional appearances (last in 2009), 12 CWS appearances (last in 2006), 0 national titles.

Miami

16. Miami

2008 Record (Ranking): 38-22 (NR)
RPI: 13
Coach (Record): Jim Morris (733-278-3, 16 years)
Postseason History: 38 regional appearances (active streak: 37 straight), 23 CWS appearances (last in 2008), 4 national titles (last in 2001).

Arkansas

17. Arkansas

2009 Record (Ranking): 41-24 (7)
RPI: 7
Coach (Record): Dave Van Horn (276-158, 7 years)
Postseason History: 22 regional appearances (active streak: 8 straight), 5 CWS appearances (last in 2009), 0 national titles.

East Carolina

18. East Carolina

2009 Record (Ranking): 46-20 (17)
RPI: 23
Coach (Record): Billy Godwin (161-90, 5 years)
Postseason History: 24 regional appearances (active streak: 3 straight), 0 CWS appearances, 0 national titles.

San Diego

19. San Diego

2009 Record (Ranking): 29-25 (NR)
RPI: 51
Coach (Record): Rich Hill (382-261-3, 11 years)
Postseason History: 4 regional appearances (last in 2008), 0 CWS appearances, 0 national titles.

UNC

20. North Carolina

2009 Record (Ranking): 48-18 (6)
RPI: 5
Coach (Record): Mike Fox (500-208-1, 11 years)
Postseason History: 24 regional appearances (active streak: 8 straight), 8 CWS appearances (active streak: 4 straight), 0 national titles.

Southern Mississippi

21. Southern Mississippi

2009 Record (Ranking): 40-26 (11)
RPI: 31
Coach (Record): Scott Berry (1st year)
Postseason History: 10 regional appearances (active streak: 7 straight), 1 CWS appearance (2009), 0 national titles.

Georgia

22. Georgia

2009 Record (Ranking): 38-24 (NR)
RPI: 20
Coach (Record): David Perno (289-208-1, 8 years)
Postseason History: 9 regional appearances (active streak: 2 straight), 6 CWS appearances (last in 2008), 1 national title (1990).

UCLA

23. UCLA

2009 Record (Ranking): 27-29 (NR)
RPI: 71
Coach (Record): John Savage (141-150, 5 years)
Postseason History: 15 regional appearances (last in 2008), 2 CWS appearances (last in 1997), 0 national titles.

Mississippi

24. Mississippi

2009 Record (Ranking): 44-20 (13)
RPI: 14
Coach (Record): Mike Bianco (365-203-1, 9 years)
Postseason History: 15 regional appearances (active streak: 7 straight), 4 CWS appearances (last in 1972), 0 national titles.

Oregon State

25. Oregon State

2009 Record (Ranking): 37-19 (NR)
RPI: 42
Coach (Record): Pat Casey (505-314-4, 15 years)
Postseason History: 10 regional appearances (last in 2009), 4 CWS appearances (last in 2007), 2 national titles (last in 2007).

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