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UCLA Ranked No. 19 in Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  12/19/2011

Dec. 19, 2011

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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

Rank Team 2011 Record Points
1 Florida 53-19 497
2 South Carolina 55-14 494
3 Stanford 35-22 490
4 North Carolina 51-16 488
5 Texas 49-19 485
6 Texas A&M 47-22 484
7 Rice 42-21 482
8 Arkansas 40-22 479
9 Georgia Tech 42-21 476
10 TCU 43-19 474
11 St. John's 36-22 470
12 LSU 36-20 468
13 Florida State 46-19 465
14 Miami 38-23 464
15 Louisville 32-29 460
16 Oklahoma 41-19 458
17 Arizona State 43-18 457
18 Georgia 33-32 455
19 UCLA 35-24 454
20 Arizona 39-21 452
21 Cal State Fullerton 41-17 449
22 California 38-23 447
23 Vanderbilt 54-12 445
24 Oregon State 41-19 443
25 Clemson 43-20 435
26 Stetson 43-20 435
27 Oregon 33-26-1 432
28 Baylor 31-28 430
29 UC Irvine 43-18 425
30 Southern Mississippi 39-19 422
31 Missouri State 33-23 419
32 College of Charleston 39-22 417
33 Virginia 56-12 413
34 Georgia Southern 36-26 412
35 Texas State 41-23 408
36 Central Florida 39-23 406
37 Wichita State 39-26 403
38 Jacksonville 37-24 400
39 Florida International 40-20-1 397
40 USC 25-31 395



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