By Daniel Johnson, Sports Editor
The ACU baseball team is ranked No. 17 in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball Magazine pre-season poll after posting a 44-18 record in 2006.
Despite the early recognition, head coach Britt Bonneau said he is more watchful of the NCAA Division II Regional poll released in April that will determine if ACU makes the postseason or not.
“Starting at seventeen gives us a chance to move up,” Bonneau said.
In addition to ACU, only two other Lone Star Conference teams are ranked, No. 15 University of Central Oklahoma and No. 33 Angelo State.
“Hopefully over the next six weeks, we’ll get ourselves into the top 10,” Bonneau said.
ACU will begin its season at home against Henderson State Feb. 2.
BASEBALL PRE-SEASON NATIONAL RANKINGS
Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division pre-season poll
_ No. 1 Tampa
_ No. 2 Georgia College & State
_ No. 3 Cal-State Chico
_ No. 4 Florida Southern
_ No. 5 Montevallo
_ No. 10 Franklin Pierce
_ No. 15 Central Oklahoma
_ No. 17 ACU
_ No. 33 Angelo State
_ The ACU baseball team will carry a national ranking into the 2007 season. ACU was ranked No. 17 by the Collegiate Baseball magazine in December.