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Baseball America Ranks Bears No. 37 Preseason

RHP Randall Linebaugh is one of 16 returning letterwinners for the Bears in 2007.

RHP Randall Linebaugh is one of 16 returning letterwinners for the Bears in 2007.

Jan. 4, 2007

WACO, Texas -- Baylor baseball was ranked 37th nationally in the Baseball America Preseason Top 50, released by the publication Thursday. The Bears are one of seven Big 12 teams in the preseason rankings.

 

Rice claimed the nation's top spot, followed by Miami, Clemson, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wichita State. Baylor was the fifth highest-ranked Big 12 team; Oklahoma State was 22nd, Oklahoma was 35th, Texas Tech was 41st and Texas A&M was 49th.

 

Eight non-Big 12 opponents on Baylor's 2007 schedule appeared in the rankings. Along with two games against top-ranked Rice, Baylor faces eighth-ranked Vanderbilt once, No. 23 Winthrop twice, No. 24 TCU twice, No. 32 San Francisco twice, No. 33 San Diego State once and No. 34 Oral Roberts three times.

 

Baylor returns 18 lettermen, including five starters and eight pitchers, from a squad that went 37-26 and reached the NCAA Houston Regional championship game last season. The Bears open the 2007 season Feb. 9-11 at the Astros Minute Maid Park College Classic in Houston, facing Houston, Rice and Vanderbilt.

 

 

Baseball America Preseason Top 50

2007 Baylor opponents in bold

 

Rank School ('06 Final Record)

1. Rice

2. Miami, Fla.

3. Clemson

4. Texas

5. North Carolina

6. South Carolina

7. Arkansas

8. Vanderbilt

9. Virginia

10. Wichita State

11. Tennessee

12. Georgia Tech

13. UCLA

14. Cal State Fullerton

15. Tulane

16. Oregon State

17. Nebraska

18. Florida State

19. Pepperdine

20. Arizona State

21. Evansville

22. Oklahoma State

23. Wintrhop

24. TCU

25. Mississippi

 

26. UC Riverside

27. Georgia

28. North Carolina State

29. Southern California

30. Kentucky

31. Stanford

32. San Francisco

33. San Diego State

34. Oral Roberts

35. Oklahoma

36. Auburn

37. BAYLOR

38. UC Irvine

39. Louisiana-Lafayette

40. Michigan

41. Texas Tech

42. Central Michigan

43. Delaware

44. Elon

45. Notre Dame

46. San Diego

47. Ohio State

48. Miami (Ohio)

49. Texas A&M

50. Louisiana State


 

 

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