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UCLA Baseball Ranked No. 21 in Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  12/22/2008

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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