Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Arkansas ranked preseason No. 25
The University of Arkansas baseball team breaks out of their huddle after warm ups to begin the first practice of the season Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas is ranked No. 25 in the preseason Baseball America Top 25 poll, released Monday.
It is the third straight year the Razorbacks are ranked in the publication's preseason poll after coming in No. 4 in 2012 and No. 3 last year. Arkansas returns six position players who played in at least 46 games last year and six pitchers who had at least 19 innings on the mound.
The Razorbacks finished last season with a 39-22 record, losing to Kansas State in the finals of the NCAA Manhattan Regional.
Eight Southeastern Conference teams were ranked in Baseball America's preseason top 25. South Carolina (7), Mississippi State (8), LSU (9) and Vanderbilt (10) were ranked in the top 10.
Other ranked teams from the SEC include Alabama (21), Florida (23) and Texas A&M (24). Virginia is the preseason No. 1, followed by Oregon State, Indiana, Cal State Fullerton and North Carolina State in the top five.
The Razorbacks have 21 games scheduled against preseason top 25 teams and 20 games against teams who have made the College World Series the last three seasons.
Arkansas opened preseason practice last Friday at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks' season opener is Feb. 14 against Appalachian State.