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Jan. 8, 1998

Texas Tech Baseball Ranked No. 10 in Sporting News Collegiate Baseball Poll

Ginter, Bard selected as Preseason Second Team All America selections

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech baseball team was ranked 10th nationally in the The Sporting News college baseball poll released late Wednesday. Two Tech players- senior second baseman Keith Ginter and sophomore catcher Josh Bard were named to the Sporting News Preseason All America Second Team.

Texas Tech was one of three Big 12 Conference schools ranked in the poll. The other two were No. 8 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Oklahoma.

THE SPORTING NEWS PRESEASON NATIONAL RANKINGS (records indicate 1997 records)

 1. Stanford, 45-20                  
 2. LSU, 57-13 
 3. Miami, Fla. 51-18 
 4. Arizona State, 39-22 
 5. Southern California, 42-20 
 6. Alabama, 56-14 
 7. Florida, 40-24 
 8. Oklahoma State, 46-19 
 9. Rice, 47-16 
10. TEXAS TECH, 46-14
11. Mississippi State, 47-21  
12. Fresno State, 40-28 
13. Oklahoma, 39-20 
14. Georgia Tech, 46-15 
15. Washington, 46-20 
16. Tennessee, 42-19 
17. Wichita State, 51-18 
18. Auburn, 50-17 
19. Cal-State Fullerton, 39-24-1 
20. UCLA, 45-21-1 
21. Clemson, 41-23
22. Florida State, 50-17 
23. South Alabama, 43-19 
24. Arizona, 32-26 
25. Michigan, 36-22 

PRESEASON ALL AMERICA TEAMS (as listed by The Sporting News)

Second Team

  • Keith Ginter, SR, 2B
  • Josh Bard, SO, C

    1998 PRESEASON OVERALL NATIONAL RANKINGS/HONORS (as of Jan. 8)

    Texas Tech national rankings

  • 8th Baseball America
  • 10th Sporting News
  • 17th Collegiate Baseball

    Texas Tech picked to win Big 12 Conference by Baseball America, voted upon by coaches (only official voting from coaches)

    1998 INDIVIDUAL PRESEASON HONORS/AWARDS (as of Jan. 8)

    Keith Ginter, SR, 2B

  • Collegiate Baseball All America First Team
  • The Sporting News All America Second Team
  • Baseball America "Player to Watch"

    Josh Bard, SO, C

  • Collegiate BaseballAll America Third Team
  • The Sporting News All America Second Team
  • Preseason Baseball America "Player to Watch"
  • USA Basebal invitee

    Monty Ward, JR, RHP

  • Preseason Baseball America "Player to Watch"

    Miles Durham, FR, OF

  • USA Baseball invitee

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