Cajuns Baseball Tabbed No. 6 in Poll

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team picked up its highest preseason ranking in program history as the squad was tabbed No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball in its 2016 Preseason Poll, the publication announced on Monday.

"It's an honor for our players and program to be recognized for their hard work and effort with this ranking," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "It's always a good thing when your university can be recognized for something good. The thing about rankings is that they don't win games for you. We have to make sure that we don't get caught up in everything and continue to work hard to back up our ranking. The most important ranking to us is the one at the end of the year."

Louisiana is coming off of its third straight season of 40-plus wins, and its second straight trip to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Ragin' Cajuns return their entire weekend rotation as well as the top two hitters from a season ago.

The program also saw its first-ever top 25 recruiting class ranking as both Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball listed the 2015 signing class in the Top 15.

"We have to go out and play," Robichaux added. "You don't get crowned a champion off of rankings. We are getting prepared for that, and hopefully the rest will fall into place."

The Cajuns open the 2016 season on Friday, Feb. 19 at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in the first of three games against Sam Houston State. Season ticket deposits are still available with season tickets going on sale to the general public on Monday, January 4.

For updates and info on Ragin' Cajuns baseball, follow the team on twitter @CajunsBaseall or check RaginCajuns.com.

2016 Collegiate Baseball Preseason Rankings

Rank, Team (2015 Final Record), Points

1. Florida (52-18), 495

2. Louisville (47-18), 492

3. Vanderbilt (51-21), 489

4. Miami (Fla.) (50-17), 487

5. Texas A&M (50-14), 484

6. Louisiana (42-23), 483

7. LSU (54-12), 481

8. Oregon St. (39-18-1), 480

9. Virginia (44-24), 475

10. UCLA (45-16), 473

11. Mississippi St. (24-30), 469

12. Cal. St. Fullerton (39-25), 467

13. California (36-21), 466

14. Oregon (38-25), 463

15. TCU (51-15), 461

16. Florida St. (44-21), 460

17. Missouri St. (49-12), 457

18. Houston (43-20), 455

19. Tulane (35-25), 453

20. Rice (37-22), 451

21. Georgia Tech (32-23), 449

22. North Carolina (34-24), 446

23. Michigan (39-25), 444

24. Arkansas (40-25), 443

25. Oklahoma St. (38-20), 438

26. Stony Brook (35-16-1), 436

27. Notre Dame (37-23), 434

28. Maryland (42-24), 432

29. Kentucky (30-25), 430

30. Pepperdine (32-29), 427

31. Dallas Baptist (46-15), 425

32. College of Charleston (45-15), 423

33. Coastal Carolina (39-21), 421

34. Missouri (30-28), 419

35. South Carolina (32-25), 417

36. San Diego St. (41-23), 414

37. South Alabama (37-20), 411

38. Winthrop (40-19), 409

39. Texas Tech (31-24), 407

40. Texas (30-27), 405

Other Teams Receiving Votes:

Southern Cal (39-21), Southeastern Louisiana (42-17), Arizona St. (35-23), Florida Atlantic (42-19), Arizona (31-24), Oklahoma (34-27), Stanford (24-32), Auburn (36-26), Mississippi (30-28), Tennessee (24-26), Alabama (32-28), Georgia (26-28), San Diego (33-22), Iowa (41-18), Clemson (32-29), U.C. Irvine (33-23), Long Beach St. (28-26), U.C. Santa Barbara (40-17-1), Kent St. (31-22), Creighton (32-19), North Florida (45-16), Southern Mississippi (36-18-1), Nevada (41-15), Illinois (50-10-1), East Carolina (40-22), Wichita St. (26-33), New Mexico (32-27), Grand Canyon (32-22), Gonzaga (24-28), Loyola Marymount (33-21-1), Troy (30-25), Texas St. (24-32-1), Oral Roberts (41-16), Sam Houston St. (31-28), Wofford (39-22), Mercer (35-22), Samford (32-26), Central Florida (31-27), South Florida (34-26-1), Southeast Missouri (36-23), Bryant (29-25), Fresno St. (31-28), Central Michigan (35-22), Ball St. (33-25), Wright St. (43-17), N.C. Wilmington (41-18), Indiana (35-24), Radford (45-16), Liberty (33-23), St. John's (41-16), Seton Hall (25-25), St. Louis (35-21), Stetson (29-30), Florida Gulf Coast (30-26-1), Lipscomb (39-20), Wake Forest (27-26), N.C. State (36-23), Connecticut (35-25).

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