Ole Miss ranked 12th in preseason baseball rankings

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2009

OXFORD — The Ole Miss baseball team is ranked 12th in the nation as chosen by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America. It marks the sixth straight year the Rebels have been ranked in the preseason. Collegiate Baseball tabbed the Rebels as the No. 11 team in the nation.

Ole Miss is coming off a sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance as the Rebels traveled to the NCAA Coral Gables Regional, defeating 12th-ranked Missouri to earn a berth in the Regional Championship game before falling to No. 1 Miami to end the season. It was the fourth straight season the Rebels advanced to compete for at least a Regional Championship — making the Rebels one of only six schools to achieve that feat over the past four seasons.

The Rebels posted a 39-26 record in 2008 and advanced to the SEC Tournament championship for the second time in three seasons.

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Former Vicksburg High standout Jordan Henry returns for his junior season. He hit .292 with 10 doubles and 14 stolen bases last season.