• Baseball earns best-ever preseason ranking at No. 8 in the nation

    Kendal VolzWe’re just under a month away from the start of college baseball season, but as a huge baseball fan, it can’t come quick enough for me. And this year is looking like it will be a good one for the Bears, who are ranked in the top 25 of all four major preseason polls.

    Baseball America, the most reputable of the four rankings, has head coach Steve Smith’s squad ranked No. 8 in the nation to start the season — the program’s highest-ever preseason mark. The team’s previous high was a No. 10 ranking to begin the 2000, 2003 and 2005 seasons. That’s especially encouraging because those just happen to be three of the Bears’ best-ever seasons; Baylor won the Big 12 Conference title in 2000, advanced to a Super Regional in 2003 and not only won the Big 12 in 2005, but advanced to the College World Series for the third time in program history.

    And if that’s not enough to get you out to see the Bears this season, you might also be interested to know that Baylor Ballpark will feature five players who made Baseball America’s list of the top 100 college prospects for this summer’s Major League draft (more than any other team in the nation). The Bears’ ace, Kendal Volz, was named the No. 6 college prospect in the nation, followed by pitchers Shawn Tolleson (22nd) and Craig Fritsch (37th), right fielder Aaron Miller (62nd) and first baseman Dustin Dickerson (71st).

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