College Baseball Top 25 Rankings: Kevin Gausman's LSU Tigers Open At No. 8

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28: The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the trophy after winning the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Gamecocks defeated the Florida Gators 5-2 and won the series 2-0. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The college baseball season starts later in February, but Baseball America has already put out its top 25 preseason poll. Colorado's own Kevin Gausman leads the No. 8 LSU Tigers.

Baseball America has released its College Baseball Top 25 Preseason Poll on Tuesday and Colorado native Kevin Gausman and his LSU Tigers are the No. 8 team. The Florida Gators were runners-up at the 2011 College World Series, but they are the No. 1 team entering the season. The defending champion South Carolina Gamecocks are the No. 3 team and looking for a third straight College World Series title.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are the No. 4 team and the third SEC team to make the top 10. LSU at No. 8 is the fourth team and the Vanderbilt Commodores at No. 10 are the fifth team. The Georgia Bulldogs at No. 11 and the No. 22 Ole Miss Rebels make for the sixth and seventh teams to make the top 25.

The Tigers will see Gausman lead the pitching staff as a sophomore. He went 5-6 with a 3.51 ERA in 2011. He struck out 86 batters in 90 innings. As Baseball America writes about Gausman:

Gausman's 92-96 mph fastball has armside run and sink, and he has refined his breaking ball and changeup since he arrived at LSU.

Here is the complete top 25:

Rk. Team 2011
Final 2011
1. Florida 53-19 2
2. Stanford 35-22 13
3. South Carolina 55-14 1
4. Arkansas 40-22 24
5. Arizona 39-21 NR
6. Rice 42-21 15
7. Texas A&M 47-22 7
8. Louisiana State 36-20 NR
9. North Carolina 51-16 5
10. Vanderbilt 54-12 4
11. Georgia 33-22 NR
12. Georgia Tech 42-21 20
13. Texas 49-19 6
14. UCLA 35-24 22
15. Texas Christian 43-19 19
16. Clemson 43-20 21
17. Arizona State 43-18 9
18. Miami 38-23 17
19. Oklahoma 41-19 NR
20. Florida State 46-19 8
21. Central Florida 39-23 NR
22. Mississippi 30-25 NR
23. Oregon State 41-19 10
24. Louisville 32-29 NR
25. Cal State Fullerton 41-17 14

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