UCLA Baseball Ranked No. 21 in Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll

Dec. 22, 2008

TUCSON, Ariz. - UCLA has been ranked No. 21 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll, the weekly national baseball newspaper announced this week. The Bruins will play 51 of their 56 regular-season games against teams either ranked in Collegiate Baseball's top-40 or receiving votes in the preseason poll.

The UCLA baseball program is one of seven Pac-10 programs rated among the top-40 by Collegiate Baseball. The three remaining Pac-10 programs have been included as teams also receiving votes.

Stanford and Arizona State represent the Pac-10 in the poll's top-10, at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively. Following UCLA at No. 21, USC checks in at No. 24. Arizona is ranked No. 35, Oregon State is slotted No. 38 and California has earned a No. 39 ranking in the preseason poll.

Oregon, in its first season of NCAA Division I baseball since 1981, accompanies Washington and Washington State in the preseason poll's selection of other teams receiving votes.

The Bruins will play 33 games against teams ranked in the top-40 - additionally, 18 games will feature opponents also receiving votes in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll.

UCLA returns four starting position players (Gabe Cohen, Cody Decker, Blair Dunlap and Casey Haerther) from its 2008 lineup and two of three weekend starters (juniors Gavin Brooks and Charles Brewer). Overall, the Bruins return 13 of 14 pitchers from its 2008 staff (lost Tim Murphy, 3rd round MLB Draft, Texas Rangers).

The Bruins' 2009 campaign begins with a three-game series against UC Davis on Friday, Feb. 20. Game time at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium is slated for 6 p.m.

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL'S 2009 TOP-40 PRESEASON POLL

Rank Team 2008 Record Points
1 Louisiana State 49-19-1 495
2 North Carolina 54-14 494
3 Rice 47-15 489
4 Georgia 45-25-1 486
5 Stanford 41-24-2 484
6 Arizona State 49-13 482
7 Florida State 54-14 479
8 Louisville 41-21 476
9 Texas A&M 46-19 473
10 Texas 39-22 470
11 Mississippi 39-25 467
12 Georgia Tech 41-21 462
13 Cal State Fullerton 41-22 462
14 Oklahoma State 44-18 459
15 Baylor 32-26 457
16 Fresno State 47-31 456
17 San Diego 44-17 453
18 Miami 53-11 451
19 Kentucky 44-19 448
20 UC Irvine 42-18 445
21 UCLA 33-27 443
22 Missouri 39-21 440
23 Pepperdine 38-21 439
24 USC 28-28 436
25 Florida 34-24 435
26 Clemson 31-27-1 432
27 Notre Dame 33-21-1 430
28 Coastal Carolina 50-14 428
29 Michigan 46-14 425
30 UC Santa Barbara 35-21 423
31 East Carolina 42-21 422
32 Missouri State 40-17 420
33 Southern Mississippi 42-22 417
34 Tulane 39-22-1 415
35 Arizona 42-19 414
36 Wichita State 48-17 410
37 Texas Christian 44-19 409
38 Oregon State 28-24 406
39 California 33-21-2 402
40 Alabama 35-28 398

Also receiving votes: Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Auburn, Long Beach State, Oregon, Virginia, North Carolina State, Houston, Kent State, Santa Clara, UC Riverside, Oral Roberts, Nebraska, Kennesaw State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Tennessee, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Jacksonville State, Elon, Western Kentucky, Dallas Baptist, UNC Charlotte, South Florida, St. John's, Winthrop, Purdue, James Madison, Marshall, Central Florida, Washington, Washington State, Georgia Southern, Northwestern State, Lamar, Texas-San Antonio, Southern, Louisiana-Monroe, New Orleans, Hawaii, San Jose State, San Francisco.


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Friday, Feb 19
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 14
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 10
Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
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 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, May 03 - 6:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, May 08 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 14 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 17 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
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