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Oklahoma State Baseball: First Collegiate Baseball Poll Released

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A lot of excitement surrounds coach Josh Holliday and the Oklahoma State Cowboys 2015 baseball season. The first Collegiate Baseball poll has been released and the excitement will only go up from here.

After another highly rated recruiting class, coach Josh Holliday will look to improve last seasons high note.
After another highly rated recruiting class, coach Josh Holliday will look to improve last seasons high note.
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The Cowboys placed fifth in the first poll and are the second highest ranked team in the Big 12.

Only TCU placed higher than the Pokes and the Horned Frogs were second behind defending national champion Vanderbilt.

Four Big 12 teams made it in the Top 40 and all four of them were within the top nine.

Those four are: TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech

Four players highlight the senior class of 10 for the Cowboys. Outfielder, Gage Green, catcher Bryan Case, shortstop Tim Arakawa and starting pitcher Jon Perrin are players that will play a key role in the success in Stillwater this season.

Green led the team in stolen bases with 20 in 2014. He was caught stealing only twice.

Case was second behind now minor leaguer Zach Fish in slugging percentage last season with .488.

Arakawa has been one of the emotional linchpins to the team since his arrival to Stillwater. Arakawa started every game last season at short and picked up the most walks of any Cowboy in 2014.

Perrin was one of the marquee pitchers last season and will be once again. Perrin pitched for 102 innings last year and threw two complete games. Perrin was the only Cowboy pitcher to throw a single complete game.

Collegiate Baseball NCAA Preseason Poll

Rank Team (2014 Record) Points
1. Vanderbilt (51-21) 494
2. Texas Christian (48-18) 492
3. Virginia (53-16) 489
4. Louisiana St. (46-16-1) 487
5. Oklahoma St. (48-18) 485
6. Florida (40-23) 483
7. Texas (46-21) 480
8. Houston (48-18) 479
9. Texas Tech. (45-21) 477
10. UCLA (25-30-1) 473
11. Florida St. (43-17) 469
12. Louisville (50-17) 468
13. Cal. Poly (47-12) 467
14. Miami, Fla. (44-19) 465
15. Oregon (44-20) 462
16. U.C. Santa Barbara (34-17-1) 460
17. Cal. St. Fullerton (34-24) 458
18. Stanford (35-26) 457
19. Arizona St. (33-24) 454
20. Mississippi St. (39-24) 452
21. South Carolina (44-18) 449
22. Rice (42-20) 446
23. Liberty (41-18) 445
24. North Carolina (35-27) 443
25. College of Charleston (44-19) 440
26. Georgia Tech. (37-27) 438
27. Kennesaw St. (40-24) 436
28. Clemson (36-25) 432
29. St. John’s (35-20) 430
30. Kent St. (36-23) 427
31. Ball St. (39-18) 425
32. Wichita St. (31-28) 424
33. Tennessee (31-23) 421
34. San Diego (34-20) 419
35. Loyola Marymount (32-24) 417
36. Arkansas (40-25) 414
37. Maryland (40-23) 412
38. Nebraska (41-21) 411
39. U.C. Irvine (41-25) 409
40. Illinois (32-21) 405
Other Teams Receiving Votes: Oregon St. (49-15), San Diego St. (42-21), Louisiana-Lafayette (58-10), Kentucky (37-25), Washington (41-17-1), Mississippi (48-21), Southern California (29-24), Alabama (37-24), Texas A&M (36-26), Arizona (22-33), New Mexico (37-20), Nevada-Las Vegas (36-25), Dallas Baptist (40-21), Indiana St. (35-18), Sacramento St. (40-24), Troy (25-32), Texas St. (30-28), Pepperdine (43-18), Grand Canyon (30-23), Miami, Ohio (30-27), Southern Mississippi (35-25), Florida International (36-20), Indiana (44-15), Sam Houston St. (43-19), Michigan (30-29-1), Central Florida (36-23), Florida Gulf Coast (39-22), Stony Brook (35-18), St. Louis (34-21-1), Seton Hall (39-15), Creighton (32-17-1), Campbell (41-21), South Alabama (22-33), Winthrop (27-30), Coastal Carolina (24-33), William & Mary (34-22), Wright St. (35-22), Central Michigan (35-23), Bryant (42-16), S.E. Missouri St. (37-20), Tennessee Tech. (40-19), Mercer (38-17), Samford (35-25), Western Carolina (37-18), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (31-27), Southeastern Louisiana (38-25).

Source: Collegiate Baseball