Ole Miss

Southern Miss, Ole Miss in Baseball America preseason poll

Baseball America has ranked Southern Miss No. 21 and Ole Miss No. 24 in the preseason rankings.

Defending champion LSU is No. 3. Texas and Virginia are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

Southern Miss, which breaks into the preseason poll for only the second time in school history, finished 2009 with a 40-26 record. The Golden Eagles started the 2001 season at No. 25.

Ole Miss finished the season at 44-20, giving the Southeastern Conference six teams in the Top 25.

The Golden Eagles begin practice for the 2010 season on Friday. Ole Miss opens its season on Feb. 19 against Louisiana-Monroe.