LSU is ranked No. 4 in the 2013 Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll released Thursday. The preseason ranking is LSU’s highest since 2010, when the Tigers began the year at No. 2.

The Tigers are the reigning Southeastern Conference champions and were the NCAA tournament No. 7 national seed last season. LSU is one of five Southeastern Conference teams appearing in the preseason Top 10, along with No. 1 Arkansas, No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 7 South Carolina and No. 8 Kentucky.

LSU opens the season against Maryland at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in Alex Box Stadium.