Duck Baseball: No. 6 in Coaches Poll, 15th Baseball America

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#25 Ryon Healy slides into home. Photo courtesy of SOJC

EUGENE, Ore. – When the Oregon Ducks open practice tomorrow for the 2013 baseball season, they will do so after being ranked in two more preseason top 25 polls.

USA Today and Baseball America released their preseason polls Thursday and the Ducks check in at No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 15 in the Baseball America Poll.


The top 15 rankings are the third and fourth of the preseason for the Ducks, who were ranked No. 6 in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll in December, and No. 10 in the Perfect Game Poll released earlier this week.  Oregon won a school-record 46 games in 2012 before ending its season in the Super Regional in Eugene.


UO returns seven position player starters this season behind a pitching staff that features four returning starters and an All-American reliever.  Jimmie Sherfy earned first-team All- America pre-season recognition by Louisville Slugger, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game.


The Ducks open their season Feb. 15 against Hawaii in Honolulu. Oregon opens at PK Park on Friday, Feb. 22, after wrapping up the four-game series at Hawaii.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Last year's records do not include ties.

            Team                                                             2012 Record      Final 2012 Ranking
      1.   North Carolina                                                    46-16                            17
      2.   Vanderbilt                                                            35-28                            NR
      3.   Arkansas                                                             46-22                              6
      4.   Louisville                                                             41-22                            NR
      5.   Mississippi State                                               40-24                            22
      6.   Oregon State                                                       40-20                            24
      7.   South Carolina                                                   49-20                              2
      8.   North Carolina State                                          43-20                            12
      9.   Stanford                                                               41-18                            13
   10.   Louisiana State                                                  47-18                              9
   11.   Kentucky                                                              45-18                            20
   12.   UCLA                                                                    48-16                              5
   13.   Mississippi                                                          37-26                            NR
   14.   Texas Christian                                                  40-22                            16
   15.   Oregon                                                                 49-16                            11
   16.   Georgia Tech                                                      38-28                            NR
   17.   Florida                                                                  47-20                              3
   18.   Rice                                                                      41-19                            18
   19.   Oklahoma                                                            42-25                            14
   20.   Florida State                                                        50-17                              4
   21.   New Mexico                                                         37-24                            NR
   22.   Cal State Fullerton                                             36-21                            21
   23.   Southern Mississippi                                        32-24                            NR
   24.   Arizona                                                                 48-17                              1
   25.   San Diego                                                           40-17                            NR