Jags ranked 20th in preseason D-1 baseball poll

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OMAHA, Neb. – The University of South Alabama baseball team is ranked No. 20 in the 2018 D1Baseball Preseason Top 25, as announced by the organization Tuesday.

USA is the lone Sun Belt Conference representative in the poll. The Jaguars return eight starters from last season's 40-21 squad that captured the SBC Tournament title and competed in the NCAA Hattiesburg (Miss.) Regional.

Florida, the defending national champion, is ranked first in the poll, followed by Oregon State, Texas Tech, Arkansas and Florida State. South Alabama will travel to Lubbock, Texas, for a four-game series with Texas Tech March 2-4. Two additional Jaguar opponents are also ranked in the top 25: LSU (No. 16) and Indiana (No. 23).

USA will open the 2018 season on Fri., Feb. 16, against Kansas State at 3 p.m. (CT) in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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