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    Jan. 18, 2007

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston Baseball team recently was ranked No. 19 by Baseball America magazine in its list of the Top College Programs of the 64-Team Era.

    Editors from the magazine looked at college baseball from the years 1999 to 2006. This time period marked the implementation of the 64-team field for NCAA Regionals and with the change in rules governing the performance of aluminum bats.

    During that time frame, the Cougars have posted a 300-200 (.600) while competing in three NCAA Super Regionals, six NCAA Regionals. In addition, the Cougars won three Conference USA championships (2002, 2000, 1999) and a pair of C-USA Tournament crowns (2000, 1997).

    More than 40 players were drafted or signed professional contracts following their Cougar playing days with five players (Shane Nance, Chris Snyder, Michael Bourn, Ryan Wagner and Jesse Crain) competing in Major League Baseball.

    In 2003, Wagner became the first player in UH, C-USA and Cincinnati Reds history to compete in the Major Leagues during the same year in which he was drafted. The Yoakum native made his MLB debut only 40 days after throwing his last pitch during the 2003 NCAA Houston Super Regional.

    Nine players earned All-America honors with Brad Lincoln (2006), Ryan Wagner (2003), Brad Sullivan (2002), Jesse Crain (2002) and Kyle Crowell (2000) earning All-America First-Team accolades. Lincoln also became the first player in both UH and Conference USA history to be named a baseball National Player of the Year following the 2006 campaign.

    Teams were ranked on winning percentage, postseason success, number of players in the major leagues and All-Americans. Each school's winning tradition and quality of players were factored in arriving at a final score.

    The Cougars open the 2007 season when they play host to Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m., Feb. 6 at Cougar Field.

    The Top College Programs of the 64-Team Era
    from Baseball America

    1. Texas 2. Miami 3. Stanford 4. Cal State Fullerton 5. Rice 6. Louisiana State 7. Florida State 8. Clemson 9. South Carolina 10. Southern California 11. Nebraska 12. Georgia Tech 13. Arizona State 14. North Carolina 15. Long Beach State 16. Tulane 17. Baylor 18. Florida 19. Houston 20. Notre Dame 21. Alabama 22. Wichita State 23. Arizona 24. Texas A&M 25. Mississippi State 26. Tennessee 27. Oregon State 28. Georgia 29. Oklahoma State 30. UCLA 31. Arkansas 32. Pepperdine 33. Mississippi 34. Auburn 35. Oklahoma 36. Wake Forest 37. East Carolina 38. Fresno State 39. South Alabama 40. Texas Tech 41. Florida Atlantic 42. Oral Roberts 43. Louisiana-Lafayette 44. Southern 45. North Carolina State 46. Ohio State 47. Central Florida 48. Minnesota 49. Virginia Commonwealth 50. Stetson 51. Missouri State 52. Richmond 53. Southern Mississippi 54. Michigan 55. California 56. Florida International 57. San Diego State 58. Rutgers 59. Missouri 60. Kent State 61. Washington 62. Ball State 63. Coastal Carolina 64. Vanderbilt



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