Gamecocks Ranked 5th in USA TODAY Baseball Poll

1:58 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
Tyler Webb (Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports)
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The USC baseball team is ranked fifth in USA TODAY Sports Preseason Coaches' poll.

The poll was released Thursday afternoon.

USC finished as the national runner-up last season, losing to Arizona in the College World Series. They had won the previous two national titles.

This will be the team's first season under new head coach Chad Holbrook. Holbrook took over for Ray Tanner,  who became USC's Athletics Director last July.

The new coach will have plenty of talent to rely on. Six position starters and 25 pitchers are returning. Four of them (catcher Grayson Greiner, pitcher Tyler Webb, pitcher Colby Holmes and pitcher Jordan Montgomery) are preseason All-Americans.

Arkansas was ranked number one in the USA TODAY poll. The Razorbacks' season, oddly enough, ended when they lost to the Gamecocks in the College World Series.

1. Arkansas


3. LSU

4. North Carolina

5. South Carolina

6. Oregon

7. Stanford

8. Vanderbilt

9. Florida State

10. Arizona

11. North Carolina State

12. TCU

13. Florida

14. Oregon State

15. Kentucky

16. Oklahoma

17. Rice

18. Mississippi State (tie)

18. San Diego (tie)

20. Arizona State

21. Georgia Tech

22. Cal State Fullerton

23. Baylor

24. Texas A&M

25. Virginia (tie)

25. Louisville (tie)




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