Diamond Hogs check in at No. 20 in first baseball poll of the winter

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Arkansas is one of six SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason poll.

The Diamond Hogs checked in at No. 20 in the first baseball poll to drop this season. Other polls of note that should come out in the next few weeks are Baseball America, D1Baseball.com and the USA Today Coaches Poll.

With that number of polls, the rankings tend to skew even more wildly than in football and basketball where the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls typically have small differences.

The Razorbacks open the season February 18-20 at Baum-Walker Stadium against Illinois State. They have to replace all-everything pitcher Kevin Kopps, the reigning Player of the Year by almost every publication, and four other starters in the field.

The lineup will lean on infielders Robert Moore and Brady Slavens. Moore hit .284/.384/.558 and led the team with 16 home runs. Slavens hit .284/.347/.560 with 14 homers and 12 doubles.