USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll Released – Arkansas No. 1

The USA Today Baseball Coach’s Poll was released today, and the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team starts as the top ranked team in the country.

From USA Today, Coach Dave Van Horn said:

“After that game, our players were upset,” Van Horn recalls. “They weren’t happy that we got there and won a couple of games. I could hear players talking about next year already, saying things like, ‘We’re going to be back.’

“It was great to see that kind of attitude. So, I think they’re coming into this season with a chip on their shoulders.”

This is the first time Arkansas has been ranked on top in the preseason, although the Razorbacks were an in-season No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball poll in April 2009.

Van Horn told the newspaper he was confident with this preseason recognition.

“With this team, I like it,” Van Horn says. “This group can handle it. We’re experienced on the mound, and it starts on the mound. I think we’ve upgraded the bullpen, and I think if we can get through the sixth inning or so with a lead, we’ve got two or three guys who can come in and get the job done.”

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