LSU No. 3 in Baseball America Preseason Poll

BATON ROUGE -- Defending NCAA champion LSU is ranked No. 3 in the 2010 Baseball America preseason poll released Wednesday.

Texas, the 2009 national runners-up, is No. 1 in Baseball America's 2010 poll, followed by Virginia, LSU, Cal State Fullerton and Rice.

Other Southeastern Conference teams appearing in the magazine's Top 25 include No. 7 Florida, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 22 Georgia and No. 24 Ole Miss. The SEC ties the ACC for most among all conferences with three teams in the top 10 and six in the top 25.

Southern Mississippi, a 2010 LSU opponent, appears at No. 21 in the ranking.

LSU was rated No. 2 last month in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll. Texas was also No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball ranking.

"It's great to receive this kind of recognition, and the polls create a lot of excitement for our fans, " said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "At the same time, we know that we have a season full of challenges ahead.

"We're definitely anxious to get started. We feel like we have the players here who know how to win and contend for championships."

LSU opens the 2010 season at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 19 versus Centenary in Alex Box Stadium.

2010 Baseball America Preseason Poll

Team 2009 Record

1. Texas 50-16

2. Virginia 49-15

3. LSU 56-17

4. Cal State Fullerton 47-16

5. Rice 43-18

6. Georgia Tech 38-19

7. Florida 42-22

8. UC Irvine 45-15

9. Florida State 45-18

10. South Carolina 40-23

11. Texas Christian 40-18

12. Coastal Carolina 47-13

13. Louisville 47-18

14. Arizona State 51-13

15. Clemson 44-29

16. Miami 38-22

17. Arkansas 41-24

18. East Carolina 46-20

19. San Diego 29-25

20. North Carolina 48-18

21. Southern Mississippi 40-26

22. Georgia 38-22

23. UCLA 27-29

24. Mississippi 44-20

25. Oregon State 37-19

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