For the first time since Jan. 30, 2003, Northwest baseball has found themselves back in the NJCAA Top 20 Poll. The Rangers enter the 2014 season at No. 14.
Joining the Rangers from Region 23 are No. 2 LSU Eunice and No. 20 Northeast Mississippi.
Northwest is coming off a 31-18 season and second appearance in the state championship game in three years. The Rangers bring back 16 sophomores and welcome 12 freshmen on a very talented roster.
Ninth-year head coach Mark Carson and the Rangers open the season on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Southwest Tennessee. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.