Jan. 28, 2007
Los Angeles - The UCLA baseball team has earned a No. 21 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches preseason top-25 poll. Earlier this month, the Bruins were tabbed No. 13 by Baseball America, No. 16 by Rivals.com and No. 26 by Collegiate Baseball.
UCLA and three other Pac-10 Conference schools were ranked in the top 25 of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll - Arizona State (14), Oregon State (15) and Stanford (25). The Bruins will play 38 games versus teams ranked or receiving votes in the coaches poll, including 20 contests against top-25 squads.
Rice earned the top spot in the coaches poll, leading the way with 22 first-place votes (of 31 possible). Clemson (four first-place votes), Miami, South Carolina and North Carolina round out the top five.
UCLA opens the 2007 season at home with a three-game series versus Winthrop on Friday, Feb. 2. Game time is 6 p.m. The Bruins and Eagles square off Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES PRESEASON TOP-25 POLL
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records do not include ties
bold indicates UCLA opponent