Spartans Tabbed Second in Preseason PollJanuary 8, 2009
TUSCON, Ariz. – The University of Tampa baseball team ranks second in the Division II Preseason Poll by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper behind defending national champion Mount Olive.
The Spartans have won three straight Sunshine State Conference and South Region titles, accomplishing the feat last season before falling in the NCAA II Baseball Championships.
UT ranks ahead of No. 3 Central Missouri, while UC-San Diego and Columbus State round out the top five. SSC opponents Florida Southern (16), Florida Tech (34), and
Lynn (36) are also represented in the top 40.
Tampa will count on seniors Jose Jimenez, Jesus Barroso, and Steven Broschofsky in addition to several newcomers to return the Spartans to the championships for the fourth straight year.