Nebraska Baseball Ranked in Polls

The Nebraska baseball team received good news Tuesday, as the Huskers were picked 10th in the initial USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches poll and were picked second in poll of the Big 12 Coaches also released this afternoon.

The Huskers, who finished the 2005 season ranked sixth in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25, return 16 letterwinners from a team that won a school-record 57 games and reached the College World Series in 2005. The group includes a trio of preseason All-Americans in starting pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Johnny Dorn and closer Brett Jensen, along with All-Big 12 infielder Ryan Wehrle and NCAA Lincoln Regional MVP Andy Gerch.

The Huskers were one of four Big 12 teams ranked in the preseason top 25, joining No. 1 Texas, No. 13 Missouri and No. 25 Baylor in the preseason poll.

The Longhorns were also the choice of the league's coaches as the Big 12 announced its preseason poll. Texas, which went 56-16 en route to a national title, garnered 79 points, including eight of the 10 first-place votes. Nebraska was second with 70 points and one first-place vote, just ahead of Missouri, which had 66 points and the other first-place vote.

Baylor (46-24), one of three teams competing at the 2005 College World Series along with the Longhorns and Huskers, nailed down the fourth spot, while 2005 NCAA Regional contestant Oklahoma (35-26) was fifth. Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Kansas, Texas Tech and Kansas State rounded out the poll, as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Big 12 regular-season play begins on Thursday, Feb. 1, when Kansas treks to Hawaii-Hilo for a four-game series.

2006 Preseason Big 12 Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll (First Place Votes in Parentheses)

No.     Teams (1st)     Polls

 1.     Texas (8)       79

 2.     Nebraska (1)    70

 3.     Missouri (1)    66

 4.     Baylor  54

 5.     Oklahoma        44

 6.     Oklahoma State  41

 7.     Texas A&M       36

t8.     Kansas  24

        Texas Tech      24

10.      Kansas State   11

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll
No.     Team    05 record       Pts.    Last rank
1.      Texas (34)      56-16   898     1
2.      Florida (1)     48-23   813     2
3.      Clemson 43-23   756     16
4.      Rice    45-19   734     11
5.      Cal State Fullerton     46-18   701     8
6.      Oregon State (1)        46-12   677     7
7.      Georgia Tech    45-19   662     10
8.      North Carolina  41-19-1 661     22
9.      Florida State   53-20   493     14
10.     Nebraska        57-15   462     6
11.     Arizona State   42-25   457     5
12.     Tennessee       46-21   390     9
13.     Missouri        40-23   387     NR
14.     Pepperdine      41-23   361     NR
15.     Tulane  56-12   354     3
16.     Miami   41-19-1 339     13
17.     South Carolina  41-23   319     21
18.     Southern California     41-22   302     15
19.     LSU     40-22   283     18
20.     Long Beach State        37-22   278     20
21.     Mississippi State       42-22   237     19
22.     Mississippi     48-20   199     12
23.     Arkansas        39-22   162     NR
24.     TCU     41-20   142     NR
25.     Baylor  46-24   114     4

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 72; North Carolina State 63; Stanford 60; Arizona 49; Wichita State 45; Florida Atlantic 42; Fresno State 37; California 36; Virginia 17; Southern Mississippi 12; Vanderbilt 11; Oklahoma 10; Washington 10; San Diego 9; Alabama 6; Cal Poly 6; Georgia 5; Houston 5; UNC-Wilmington 4; Winthrop 4; Lamar 3; St. John's 3; Charleston 2; Oklahoma State 2; Virginia Commonwealth 2; Coastal Carolina 1; UNLV 1; South Florida 1; Stetson 1.


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