Numerous Nittany Lion Baseball Opponents Ranked in Preseason Polls
Dec. 21, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State baseball will face some of the top competition in the nation in 2010 as evident by the preseason national rankings bestowed upon their opponents. Collegiate Baseball's "Fabulous 40" released on Monday includes five Penn State foes along with five others who were among "others receiving votes." In addition, two opponents cracked the PING! Baseball Top 30 released last week.
Among the top 40 are: Ohio State (14), Texas A&M (29), Minnesota (30), Notre Dame (39) and Dallas Baptist (40). Five other Penn State opponents received votes as well: Michigan, Kent State, Illinois, Texas State and Winthrop.
The Buckeyes won last season's Big Ten Regular Season Championship behind a 42-19 record, 18-6 in conference play. The Nittany Lions travel to Columbus this season for a big three-game series from Apr. 23-25. In addition, Ohio State and Minnesota both made PING! Baseball's Top 30, coming in 24th and 30th, respectively.
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The Nittany Lions are preparing for an exciting 2010 campaign which kicks off on Feb. 20 against Coppin State. The season includes the second-ever Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, a showdown with perennial power Texas A&M, home games against rivals Michigan and Michigan State and much more. Check back to GoPSUsports.com as the season nears for continued news and notes as Penn State looks to make its third Big Ten Tournament appearance in the last four years.
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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Fabulous 40 NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll (2009 Record in Parenthesis) (As of Dec. 21, 2009) 1. Texas (50-16-1) 2. Louisiana St. (56-17) 3. Virginia (49-15-1) 4. Cal. St. Fullerton (47-16) 5. Arizona St. (51-14) 6. Georgia Tech. (38-19-1) 7. Florida St. (45-18) 8. U.C. Irvine (45-15) 9. Florida (42-22) 10. Oregon St. (37-19) 11. Rice (43-18) 12. Miami, Fla. (38-22) 13. North Carolina (48-18) 14. OHIO ST. (42-19) 15. Texas Christian (40-18) 16. Clemson (44-22) 17. Coastal Carolina (47-16) 18. East Carolina (46-20) 19. Louisville (47-18) 20. UCLA (27-29) 21. Southern Miss. (40-26) 22. Mississippi (44-20) 23. Arkansas (41-24) 24. San Diego (29-25) 25. Oklahoma (43-20) 26. Stanford (30-25) 27. Wichita St. (30-27) 28. South Carolina (40-23) 29. TEXAS A&M (37-24) 30. MINNESOTA (40-19) 31. Georgia (38-24) 32. Vanderbilt (37-27) 33. Fresno St. (32-30) 34. Pepperdine (31-23) 35. South Florida (34-12) 36. Kansas (39-24) 37. Middle Tennessee St. (44-18) 38. Florida Gulf Coast (36-18) 39. NOTRE DAME (36-23) 40. DALLAS BAPTIST (38-17) Other Teams Receiving Votes: Cal Poly, Arizona, Oregon, Long Beach St., California, Missouri, MICHIGAN, Nebraska, Baylor, Oklahoma St., Central Florida, Mississippi St., Alabama, Auburn, James Madison, Tulane, Kentucky, Tennessee, New Mexico St., Ball St., Bowling Green St., Hawaii, Houston, KENT ST., Missouri St., Creighton, Western Kentucky, N.C. State, Boston College, ILLINOIS, Jacksonville, Washington, Southern Cal., Washington St., Troy, San Diego St., College of Charleston, Georgia Southern, St. John's, Wagner, New Mexico, Eastern Illinois, Kennesaw St., Florida International, West Virginia, Elon, TEXAS ST., Southeastern Louisiana, Stetson, Oral Roberts, WINTHROP, N.C. Wilmington, Georgia St., Dartmouth, Wright St., Bethune-Cookman, Liberty, Dayton, Rhode Island, Southern.For the PING! Baseball Top 30, please click here.