UCLA Ranked No. 14 in Baseball America's Preseason Poll

Jan. 24, 2012

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DURHAM, N.C. - UCLA has been selected No. 14 in Baseball America's preseason top-25 poll, the national publication announced Tuesday. The Bruins went 35-24 last season, winning its first outright Pac-10 title since 1986.

Florida has been ranked No. 1 in Baseball America's preseason poll. Stanford, South Carolina, Arkansas and Arizona are tabbed second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Rice, Texas A&M, LSU, North Carolina and Vanderbilt round out the preseason top-10 selections, in order.

Last month, the Bruins were ranked No. 19 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll. UCLA has hosted an NCAA Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium each of the last two seasons.

UCLA is among five Pac-12 Conference programs ranked in Baseball America's preseason top-25 poll. Other Pac-12 teams include No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Arizona, No. 17 Arizona State and No. 23 Oregon State. The Bruins will play 17 games against teams ranked in the preseason top-25 poll.

In addition to three games against each of those four Pac-12 programs, UCLA will play three games at No. 11 Georgia (March 9-11) and two against No. 25 Cal State Fullerton (April 10 at UCLA, May 15 at Fullerton).

UCLA returns 19 letterwinners from 2011, including five players who started in 2011 and 2010, when the Bruins advanced to the finals of the College World Series for the first time in school history. UCLA's 86 wins over the last two seasons have marked the program's largest two-year win total. In addition, the Bruins have advanced to the postseason in five of the last six seasons.

Sophomores Adam Plutko, Zack Weiss and Nick Vander Tuig and junior Scott Griggs will be looked upon to bolster a pitching rotation that lost Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, the No. 1 and No. 3 overall MLB Draft selections, respectively, last June.

In addition, six starting position players from last season's team return in 2011. UCLA will count upon its nucleus of experienced juniors - Beau Amaral, Trevor Brown, Jeff Gelalich, Cody Keefer and Cody Regis - to lead the Bruins at the plate.

UCLA's season begins with a three-game home series against Maryland on Friday, Feb. 17. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. Game times that Saturday and Sunday are 2 p.m. and 10 a.m., respectively.

The Bruins host the annual "Alumni Game" on Saturday, Jan. 28. The old-timers game will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the young-timers game at 12:10 p.m. Admission is free.

BASEBALL AMERICA'S 2012 PRESEASON POLL

Rank Team 2011 Record Conference
1 Florida 53-19 SEC
2 Stanford 35-22 Pac-12
3 South Carolina 55-14 SEC
4 Arkansas 40-22 SEC
5 Arizona 39-21 Pac-12
6 Rice 42-21 Conference USA
7 Texas A&M 47-22 Big 12
8 LSU 36-20 SEC
9 North Carolina 51-16 ACC
10 Vanderbilt 54-12 SEC
11 Georgia 33-22 SEC
12 Georgia Tech 42-21 ACC
13 Texas 49-19 Big 12
14 UCLA 35-24 Pac-12
15 TCU 43-19 Mountain West
16 Clemson 43-20 ACC
17 Arizona State 43-18 Pac-12
18 Miami 38-23 ACC
19 Oklahoma 41-19 Big 12
20 Florida State 46-19 ACC
21 Central Florida 39-23 Conference USA
22 Mississippi 30-25 SEC
23 Oregon State 41-19 Pac-12
24 Louisville 32-29 Big East
25 Cal State Fullerton 41-17 Big West



EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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