The LSU-Eunice baseball team is ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll released Monday.
The Bengals were 52-10 last season and runners-up in the national championship game.
“The preseason rankings are nice for our program and university, but the rankings are not a goal of ours,” coach Jeff Willis said.
“The preseason rankings are really what happened last year, and our players need to live in the present. So we are extremely grateful for the preseason ranking, but we need to keep it in perspective and realize we have a ton of work to do.”
Murray State College is ranked No. 1 after their championship last spring.
The Bengals will play a pair of three-game series against Top 10 teams.
No. 10 Kellogg visits LSU-Eunice on Feb. 28-March 2.
No. 1 Murray State College visits LSU-Eunice on March 14-16. The Bengals host North Lake College on Friday-Sunday to open the season.
DELGADO NO. 16 IN DIVISION I: Delgado Community College is ranked No. 16 in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll. The Dolphins were 47-11 last season.
LSU-Eunice No. 1: The defending champion Lady Bengals are ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll.
LSU-Eunice was 62-5 last season in winning its second national championship.
“It’s great to see that your hard work has been recognized. We know that the real challenge will be defending the championship now, and that work has already started,” coach Andy Lee said.
The Lady Bengals will play six games in two days in the Galveston College Classic on Feb. 3-4 to open the season. Their home opener is a doubleheader againt Alvin Community College at 1 p.m. Feb. 12.