Florida baseball No. 7 in preseason rankings

The Florida Gators’ baseball team lost so much talent off of last season’s squad that few believe the team has a serious shot at a fourth consecutive trip to the College World Series.

Don’t count PerfectGame.org as being among the naysayers.

The site released its Preseason College Baseball Top 25 on Tuesday and have the Gators at No. 7, which is much higher than most expected.

Collegiate Baseball released its preseason rankings last month withFlorida at No. 24. Another college baseball source, Baseball America, is expected to announced its preseason rankings within the next week.

Florida played one of the most difficult schedules in the country last season and finished 47-20. The Gators beat North Carolina State in the Gainesville Super Regional to advance to the CWS for the eighth time in the program’s history.

Coach Kevin O’Sullivan and the Gators open the 2013 season with a three-game series against Duke beginning Feb. 15.

All 22 of Florida’s non-conference games scheduled during the first month of the season will be played in the state of Florida, with 20 of those games set for McKethan Stadium.


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Mike Capshaw brings a wealth of experience to the Gator Country team. He’s been overseeing all editorial aspects of GatorCountry.com and Gator Country magazine by managing our team of staffers, interns and freelancers. He is now moving into a bigger role as a reporter by covering the football and basketball beats as well as providing coverage of all sports on campus. Mike’s 15 years in the business has included more than six years of covering SEC sports and recruiting at a daily newspaper in Arkansas. He has also helped launch a newspaper, magazines, websites and even a sports talk radio show. Because Mike puts family ahead of his career, he left the place where he was established when his wife received an opportunity to further her career at UF. He took a leap of faith that he could find a job in the Gainesville area and worked for a year at a newspaper group before joining the Gator Country family in November, 2011. Mike has won Florida Press Association awards for Best Sports Game Story and Best Sports Feature Story in the past two years as well as a company-wide award at his former newspaper group that includes some 60 publications, for Excellence in Sports Reporting. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeCapshawGC.