Jan. 17, 2008
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - UCLA baseball has earned a No. 7 national preseason ranking from Perfect Game Crosschecker, the national baseball scouting service announced this week. Last month, the Bruins received a No. 18 preseason ranking from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
UCLA stands as one of five Pac-10 programs ranked among Perfect Game's top 25 teams. Arizona and Arizona State have been selected as the top two teams, respectively. Oregon State has been ranked No. 16 and California has received a No. 23 preseason ranking.
Overall, each Pac-10 team has been ranked in Perfect Game's preseason top 100 poll. USC has gained a No. 31 ranking, as Stanford (No. 41), Washington State (No. 69) and Washington (No. 79) round out the Pac-10 baseball programs.
Perfect Game slots Texas at No. 3, Miami at No. 4, Vanderbilt at No. 5 and South Carolina at No. 6. Rounding out the top 10, after No. 7 UCLA, are San Diego, Mississippi and Missouri.
UCLA will play 33 games against teams ranked among Perfect Game's top 50 preseason teams. UCLA opens its 2008 campaign with a three-game home series against Oklahoma, beginning Friday, Feb. 22.
Under fourth-year head coach John Savage, the Bruins return seven regular starters from its 2007 lineup and two of three weekend starters (junior Tim Murphy and sophomore Gavin Brooks). UCLA welcomes 22 letterwinners and 12 newcomers in 2008.