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UCLA Baseball Tabbed No. 18 in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  12/21/2007

Dec. 21, 2007

TUCSON, Ariz. - UCLA has been ranked No. 18 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll, the weekly baseball newspaper announced this week. This marks UCLA's highest preseason ranking by Collegiate Baseball since the Bruins were tabbed No. 4 prior to the 1999 season.

UCLA joins four other Pac-10 programs rated among the top-40 by Collegiate Baseball. Arizona has been selected the preseason No. 1 program, and conference rival Arizona State has earned a No. 3 ranking. Defending national champion Oregon State is slotted No. 19, and California has been ranked No. 39.

The Bruins will play 25 games against teams ranked in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll. Overall, UCLA's schedule features 42 of 56 regular-season games against teams receiving votes in the preseason poll.

UCLA returns seven regular starters from its 2007 batting lineup and welcomes back two of its three weekend starters (junior Tim Murphy and sophomore Gavin Brooks). The Bruins welcome back 22 letterwinners and 12 newcomers in 2008.

The Bruins' 2008 campaign kicks off with a three-game series against Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL'S 2008 TOP-40 PRESEASON POLL

Rank Team 2007 Record Points
1 Arizona 42-17 496
2 South Carolina 46-20 493
3 Arizona State 49-15 491
4 Mississippi 40-25 487
5 North Carolina 57-16 486
6 Rice 56-14 483
7 San Diego 43-18 481
8 Texas 46-17 478
9 Wichita State 53-22 476
10 Michigan 42-19 473
11 Vanderbilt 54-13 471
12 Florida State 49-13 468
13 Clemson 41-23 466
14 Miami 37-24 464
15 Missouri 42-18 461
16 Cal State Fullerton 38-25 459
17 Long Beach State 39-20 455
18 UCLA 33-28 452
19 Oregon State 49-18 451
20 Kentucky 34-19-1 447
21 Fresno State 38-29 446
22 Texas A&M 48-19 443
23 Louisville 47-24 440
24 Virginia 45-16 437
25 Georgia Tech 32-25 434
26 UC Irvine 47-17-1 432
27 Mississippi State 38-22 430
28 Baylor 35-27 428
29 Pepperdine 35-22 426
30 LSU 29-26-1 423
31 Oklahoma State 42-21 420
32 Louisiana-Lafayette 45-17 419
33 Southern Illinois 34-22 415
34 Southern Mississippi 39-23 413
35 UC Riverside 38-21 411
36 Stetson 42-21 408
37 Coastal Carolina 50-13 406
38 Nebraska 32-27 405
39 California 29-26 403
40 Oral Roberts 40-17 400


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