Dec. 19, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - UCLA has been ranked No. 19 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll, the weekly newspaper announced on Monday.
The Bruins will play 31 games against preseason top-40 teams in 2012.
UCLA is accompanied in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll by seven other Pac-12 programs - Stanford (No. 3), Arizona State (No. 17), Arizona (No. 20), California (No. 22), Oregon State (No. 24), Oregon (No. 27) and USC (No. 40).
The Bruins will return six starting position players from last season's ballclub and one weekend starting pitcher, sophomore right-hander Adam Plutko.
The core of UCLA's position players from its last two teams will return in 2012. Beau Amaral, Trevor Brown, Jeff Gelalich, Cody Keefer and Cody Regis made significant contributions as freshmen in 2010, helping lead the Bruins to the finals of the College World Series that season.
UCLA opens the season with a three-game series at home against Maryland on Friday, Feb. 17. Game time of the season opener is 6 p.m. The Bruins and Terrapins continue their series Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Collegiate Baseball has tabbed Florida as its preseason No. 1 selection and two-time defending national champion South Carolina as its No. 2 preseason team. South Carolina defeated Florida in the best-of-three national championship series last season.
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL'S PRESEASON TOP-40 POLL
|21||Cal State Fullerton||41-17||449|
|32||College of Charleston||39-22||417|